Traveling to China has never been safer, according to a new report, which found the country has become one of the safest places in the world for travellers.

    The latest figures from travel website Travelocity showed China had the fourth safest population in the developed world, ahead of France, the United Kingdom and the United States.

    It also ranked the top three safest cities in the US, according the US Department of Transportation.

    However, the country’s violent crime rate still remains among the highest in the Western world. 

    The study, which also looked at the risk posed by pollution, traffic congestion, climate change and a lack of basic healthcare, found the world’s biggest economies have improved their safety ratings.

    It said: “There are many reasons for this, but one of them is that the economy is growing and people are getting better educated, so people have a better sense of security.” 

    In 2018, there were almost 7.5 million travelers in China, according Travelocity.

    It said that while China was becoming safer, its ranking still fell short of those of its neighbours in Europe, North America and Japan.

    It added that the country remained one of China’s top risk factors for traffic accidents, with nearly 60 per cent of traffic deaths involving people aged between 20 and 24.

    The report said that a lack in public transport had a significant impact on safety, with the country ranked fifth for road deaths, behind Brazil, Russia, Argentina and Mexico.