PEKING (AP) _ Wham, the first big-name foreign rock group to play in China, called their sold-out Peking concert a smashing success today, but said they were not aware of reports that police prevented Chinese fans from getting up to dance.

''It's a great honor to be the first, and people have been trying to do it for years,'' lead singer George Michael told a news conference following the Sunday night performance.

''People obviously wanted to enjoy what was happening. It became obvious there was no precedent,'' he said.

The British duo put on a nearly two-hour show that included two scantily clad go-go girls, dazzling strobes and 10 of their hits.

It was an exciting but alien performance to the Chinese, who only in the past few years have gotten a taste of foreign pop music once officially reviled as obscene.

Scores of youthful foreigners danced in the aisles, but Chinese security police hauled away some Chinese who tried to join in and warned others to say seated.

''We didn't see anything of it,'' said Michael's partner, guitarist Andrew Ridgeley.

Ridgeley called reports of the police behavior ''grossly exaggerated,'' and Michael speculated the arrests may have been for drunkenness.

''I think there were a lot of people in the audience last night who maybe were a little bit intimidated by the Chinese police, but the Europeans obviously refused to be,'' he said.

Michael said the performers were a bit baffled by the Chinese response to their hand-clapping to the frenetic rhythm of the backup band.

''They just thought we wanted them to applaud, and they just kept applauding, and that was when I realized there was this huge cultural difference, which there was no way you're going to cross in just an hour and a half,'' he said.

The All-China Youth Federation, which sponsored the tour, has termed Wham's music ''very healthy for youth,'' but there was no reaction to the concert in today's press.

The official news agency Xinhua gave a brief account of the concert but mentioned nothing about police warnings to Chinese fans.

The pair said their hosts have made no requests for a toned-down act when Wham's entourage travels to Canton for a second show Thursday night.

Michael said that before the tour, the Chinese had asked for ''a synopsis of each lyric we perform, so we gave them that and they were fairly satisfied there was nothing too dangerous in the lyrics.''

Wham is paying for the tour, which includes a crew filming a documentary. Manager Simon Napier-Bell said the cost will exceed $1.2 million and was borrowed from Wham's recording company, CBS.

Tickets cost $1.75 each, and proceeds go to the youth federation's fund for charity and cultural exchanges.