Calling emergency telephone numbers from a cell phone is free in China. These numbers are valid in almost the entire of mainland China.
Despite its sprawling size, Beijing is an extremely safe city. Violent crime is extremely rare and the most common crimes are petty thefts upon tourists. Watch for scams and thieves around the inner city and Tiananmen Square.
Students asking you to a special place to practice English- While in some cases this could be true, there are reports of young adults taking tourists to a place that charges an exorbitant fee for drinks. Variations of this theme include: "art students" who bring you to their "school exhibition" for high ticket fees; tea sampling; attractive female "students" luring male tourists to shops, restaurants or night clubs. These people usually avoid confrontation, so just be firm and avoid getting into these situations.
Tourist Price for Rickshaw- Agree on a price beforehand, ideally in writing.
Counterfeit money- Chinese people inspect money carefully for a reason, there are a lot of counterfeit bills in circulation. The most common are 100's and 50's.
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