Generally speaking, Yunnan is a safe travel destination. The crime rate is relatively low, and the authorities tend to impose more severe punishment against crimes committed to foreigners. So tourists are unlikely to suffer serious harassment when traveling. Most of people you meet are friendly, honest and trustworthy, but their culture and living conditions are different from those of your home country, so be vigilant.
Abidance by the Law
Be aware that local laws and penalties, even those which may seem harsh by your home country standards, do apply to you. For example, there are strictly enforced laws which prohibit demonstrations unless they have prior approval from the government. Penalties for drug offences are severe, and include the death penalty, as do certain other serious crimes.
The rainy season in Yunnan occurs from June until August and during these times severe rainstorms can cause landslides in Shangrila and some other remote areas which may interrupt essential services. Rural areas near the Yangtse River may be subject to flooding.You should monitor weather reports if travelling in affected areas. If a natural disaster occurs you should follow the advice of the local authorities. By taking certain precautions you can make your traveling expedition safe and enjoyable.
In Public Places
Dress rather more conservatively, especially as a woman. Do not wear over-revealing clothes or expensive jewelry, they may encourage unwanted attention. Avoid walking alone late at night or at places which make you have a feeling of discomfort. Keep your valuables in a secure place and always pay attention to prevent pickpocketing. Never trust a stranger blindly. Do not leave your luggage to a stranger. Do not eat or drink anything offered by a stranger.
Keep Regular Contact
Make copies of your itinerary and contact information of your itinerary and your travel consultant, leave a set with a family member or a friend back home, and make phone calls or send emails at a regular time, so that they know you are safe.
You might encounter some strangers who want to practice English with you. If you have enough time, then it’s ok to have a conversation. However, don’t come along if they start insisting on you going with them to some special places that you didn’t plan to in the first place. Don’t be afraid to say “no” to an offer. If you intend to continue the conversation, make sure that it is you who choose the place.
Outside the scenic spots or on the road, there might be some vendors follow you and try to sell you something. If you are not interested, just ignore them and keep going. Usually they will quickly desist from annoying you.