avoid chinese tourist scams
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AVOID CHINESE TOURIST SCAMS--rita
Be a Smart Tourist COUNTERFEIT MONEY SCAMSTRANSPORTATION SCAMSTHE BEGGAR SCAMSTEA HOUSE / ART SCHOOL SCAMSPRICE GOUGING SCAMS
COUNTERFEIT MONEY SCAMSYou give a taxi driver a 100 or 50 RMB note and they secretly switch it with a fake note and claim you gave them the fake one. Its a classic your word against mine scam where police can be of very little help, so if you never saw the switch youre left paying yet another 100 RMB.
You pay a small bill to somebody with a 100 RMB note. In return, they give you a fake 50 RMB note while the rest of the change is real.
HOW TO AVOID THE COUNTERFEIT MONEY SCAMGet your cash from a reputable source( Chinese bank or ATM)
Try and break their 100 RMB bills at established businesses
If you do know what real Chinese yuan should look and feel like, dont be afraid to inspect it. Its common practice here in China for any store to inspect the money you give them to ensure authenticity. You can do it to.
TRANSPORTATION SCAMSHOW TRANSPORTATION SCAMS PLAY OUT
AVOID TRANSPORTATION SCAMS
HOW TRANSPORTATION SCAMS PLAY OUT
Taxi Scams: taxis who want to charge you a flat rate instead of using the designated meter.
Tour Bus Scams: you get what you pay for. Sure there are some tours that are dirt cheap, but what happens is that they take you around to every single tourist trap around town to make up the cost.
HOW TO AVOID TRANSPORTATION SCAMS
Use Didi Dache or Uber
Dont trust Travel Agency
HOW TO AVOID TRANSPORTATION SCAMS
When arriving at transportation hubs (airports, train stations, etc.), just give a terse no when people approach you wanting to drive you somewhere. This is almost a sure rip-off. Its best to find the official taxi line and wait behind others unless youre in a huge rush.
THE BEGGAR SCAMS --never give money to beggars.The GrabbyBeggars
The For a Cause Beggars
TEA HOUSE SCAMSThe gist of the scam is that a Chinese person will come up to you and begin very innocent conversation. After trust has been established they will ask if you want to join them and their friends for tea (I know thisgreatplace youll love! Very traditional Chinese tea!) or to come view their traditional artwork.
With the tea house scam you arrive to sample some tea and your new friend suddenly disappears, leaving you to pay for the overpriced tea (the Chinese person got a commission for bringing you there).
ART SCHOOL SCAMSWith the Art School Scam, they use the trust theyve created with you to guilt you into buying cheap art for inflated prices. You justify it by saying to yourself The art isnt bad and now Ill have a story of how I met the painter! but the fact is its probably mass-produced, cheap art and youre getting ripped-off.
HOW TO AVOID THESE SCAMSThe #1 best way to avoid these scams is tobe wary of any person who initiates contact with you. Chinese people are generally very introverted people and such genuine contactisnt normal.Im not saying to avoid the locals, just be on guard if an overly-friendly person approaches you.
If somebody asks you to go somewhere with them, test them out by suggesting another good place you know about. If they insist on theirs, you know its a scam.
Liar can also be a beautiful female college students!!!
HOW TO AVOID THESE SCAMSNever eat or drink without knowing the price first. Variations of this scam include KTVs, bars and other places where they get you to drink and only later show you the crazy-high bill. Once youve consumed their product, youre stuck.
HOW TO AVOID THESE SCAMSFinally,dont be afraid to say NO. It may feel rude to you, especially as this art students looks at you with pleading eyes, but you dont have to buy anything.Same with food and drink. Even if they put it on the table you dont have to eat or drink it. As they used to teach me in school, just say no.
PRICE GOUGING SCAMSAs youll find when you start shopping in China, most items arent individually priced, leaving you to ask how much everything costs. Because haggling is part of business here, shop owners are used to pricing high with the understanding that theyll discount. This mentality kicks into overdrive when they see a foreign face, often quoting 5-10xs the usual cost.
HOW TO AVOID PRICE GOUGINGThe best way to avoid this is to know beforehand how much something should cost. Watch a local buy it. Ask a local how much they would pay for it.
Finally, be prepared to haggle for most anything that doesnt have a price tag on it, even if thats uncomfortable for you.