The warning quickly became a top trending topic on China's Weibo microblogging site, with some people expressing concern about going to the United States and others saying they would just go to other countries.
US President Donald Trump with his Chinese counterpart Xi Jinping.
The Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs (MOFA) also reminded Chinese citizens to improve safety awareness and stay alert when visiting the USA, said a spokesperson on Tuesday in a regular press briefing.
In its warning, China's Ministry of Culture and Tourism cited a growing number of thefts, shootings, and other violent crimes across the U.S.as reasons why Chinese citizens should "fully assess the risk of traveling there".
Acrimonious rhetoric between Beijing and Washington has steadily increased since talks broke down in early May over USA accusations that Beijing had backtracked on commitments to codify in law changes to its intellectual property and technology transfer practices to address United States demands.
They are "urged to learn about the information about the public security situation and related laws and regulations of tourist destinations, to raise safety awareness and step up precautions to stay safe".
In a separate warning, China's foreign ministry said United States law enforcement agencies have "repeatedly" used methods such as immigration and on-site interviews to "harass" Chinese citizens in the US.
"Our insistence on detailed and enforceable commitments from the Chinese in no way constitutes a threat to Chinese sovereignty", the USTR said. "Rather, the issues discussed are common to trade agreements and are necessary to address the systematic issues that have contributed to persistent and unsustainable trade deficits".
When asked about the warnings, foreign ministry spokesperson Geng Shuang said that the US authorities "should know clearly in their hearts" what they have done, the People's Daily reported.
According to Nikkei, companies operating in China may be getting around the stiff USA tariff restrictions by having Chinese made components shipped to countries like Vietnam and Taiwan, and Mexico, where they are turned into finished goods, stamped with non-'Made in China' stickers and shipped into the US.
In early May, the two nations put a halt over their talks when USA accused Beijing of backtracking on commitments to codify in law changes to its intellectual property and technology transfer practices to address United States demands.
In addition to grueling trade negotiations between the two sides, military officials from both countries have publicly blasted one another in recent days. It was the first time since 2003 that Chinese travel to the US slipped from the prior year.
It is not clear how knowledge of local law will protect Chinese tourists.