China Tourist Traps

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    by blueskyjohn
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    by Sharrie
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    by varky

China Tourist Traps

  • Tour Scams

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    Day 1: We were in Beijing on 25 Dec 13. We were approaching to the entrance of Forbidden City and one lady named "Lucy" approached us. She said, she is from some university in Xian and she is volunteering a Water Paint exhibition of her university. She asked us to visit the place. We followed her to see the exhibition. On our way to the place, she...

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  • At the Terracotta Army

    Xi'an Tourist Traps

    The guides trolling the TerraCotta Warriors are usually not the recommended guides. Do not get a guide here. Make sure they are licensed. Make the guides show you their certification. A real certification will have an electronic card that looks like a SIM card on the back. Get a guide beforehand -- that is a must! I have two recommendations: I used...

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  • Badaling Great Wall

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    About Great Wall Tour Packages : Long Di Superior Jade Factory A Virtual tourist contributor ,Confucius,reviewed a typical organised tour of the "Great Wall" .The reviewer writes a most entertaining but unfortunately rather accurate account of the seemingly compulsory stop-off at the Long Di Jade Factory.Confucius compares the visit to being held...

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  • Taxis

    Xi'an Tourist Traps

    You'll be told and see signs at the hostels that there are no taxis between 3 to 4pm as this is the changeover for drivers - their dinner breaks. So if you need to catch a train, flight etc you need to go super early apparently. Well we found a taxi at 3.30pm and although it was a little difficult to find out - with our stunning blonde daughter on...

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  • Shopping

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    Got lured into a common scam where three individuals came up to us on the street and was very interested in talking with Americans. Said they were visiting the Great Wall from their home in central China Coal mining country. Invited us to a Tea Room to chat. The two of us had one coke each. The three girls ordered Tea and when we tried to leave the...

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  • Taxis/Rickshaws

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    Arrival at the airport is not a great deal of fun, but it gets somewhat more hectic if you need a taxi. As soon as you get in the area lining up for taxi's, you will approached by guys who ask you if you need a taxi into the city. If you say yes, they grab your bags and head out at high speed. You have to be very determined to stop them as these...

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  • Beijing Zoo

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    I was expecting to see a very carefully recreated environment, with small, planted and protected bamboo forests, where the pandas could live in a half free but controlled condition. It was frustrating to see the pandas through a window cage. When we go around, the back of the cages show a small open space, but the sensation remains. I think it...

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  • Art Students

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    My husband and I loved China, and I had read all about the scams before we left for our trip. But, on arriving, I had totally forgotten everything I had read! We hadn't been in Beijing five hours (in the middle of winter on 26/12) and we were approached by a pretty girl wanting to chat to us about where we were from and wanting to go somewhere and...

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  • Ming Tombs

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    During the third Ming emperor, he built Ming Tombs, where were buried several members of the imperial family. Their layout is according to the rules of feng shui and has several buildings ... To be very honest, an area full of tourists, with restored old buildings and empty spaces do not attract me very much ...

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  • Mao's Mausoleum

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    This is a large structure at the south end of the famour Tian. Square...there is one entrance fee for the locals and it doubles for foreign visitors. (was 10 RMB in 2004) but may have hiked up more by now. Early in the day, Mao's glass coffin is on view with a rather rapid walk past. When you go in the afternoon, on the days it is open, the fee is...

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  • Amusement Parks

    Beijing Tourist Traps

    Hi, I'm a native chinese boy. In my opionion, the Tian'anmen squre is boring. But it's big, and takes you more than one hour. So I suggest you can go to the forbidden city directly. Because the forbidden city is a too big palace, to fully enjoy the forbidden city, I usally spend more than half a day. You can live near "Houhai" district, because...

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  • Great Wall in Badaling and Mutianyu

    Great Wall in Badaling is so crowded!!! what removes whole pleasure of visiting....It is the easiest to get part of the Wall, that is why so many (mostly Chineese) tourists visit it. The same is at Mutianyu.What's more - those parts of the Great wall are mostly renovated and not geniuine. Visit it not in summer time! The alternative is to go to...

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  • some bars

    this sting is mainly for business men on their first trip to china or asia in general.a lot of working girls work a lot of bars in shanghai and china.a basic scam is this - you will get hit on and made to feel good. then she will ask you to buy her a drink. she will then offer to take your money to the bar to buy the drinks. now depending where you...

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  • China 2011 Taiji Origin Tour

    China 2011 Taiji Origin TourBeijing Palace international travel service( www.chinatravelcompass.com) oranizes China Taichi Origin tour in July. The hotel we arranged is 4 star hotel. All of the guests are from European Countries and North America. Now there are already 10 guests taking this tour. The tour starts at July 10th and last for 14 days....

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  • Travel and tour tips for China

    Travel Guide Trip & info's : www.madisonvillearts.org-----------------------------------------------------------------------China is a large country at a size of 9,596,960 sq km. China was only partially open to the world from 1980 onwards and has been a communist country for many decades. Although there is much progress in the travel industry and...

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  • Taxi back from tidal bore watching in...

    We went to the Yanguan-Tide-seeing Site (Haining) by taxi. It cost approx. 70RMB. It was about 30 min away from the centre of the city (from Garden Hotel). On the way back though we flagged down an official taxi and the driver showed 200RMB for the return trip to the city. When we said (and showed) that it is too much, he pointed at the taxi meter....

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  • Credit Card Surcharges

    Please be aware that the banks in China deduct between 4 & 5% from each credit card transaction that is using a credit card that is not issued in ChinaSome merchants/Hotels/Shops will pass this charge on to the customer. If possible use cash for purchases in China.

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  • Tour Guides are still learning

    We booked a tour to the Great Wall's most popular section - Badaling. The Tour Guide preferred not to use a microphone but decided to sit in the middle and asked questions whille the van was moving. It was just painful that instead of telling us the name of the place we were passing by, she tried to be friendly by asking personal questions. I was...

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  • Buying jade or pearl in the hotel's...

    Bargaining is common in Beijing. While it is true that prices of souvenirs in hotels are always higher than in normal shops, in Beijing, do not assume that you should not bargain if the hotel is a four-star. You could bargain and if you have time, then shop outside and not in the hotel. If you can't help but buy a jade piece or a pearl in the...

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  • Chinese always angry?

    If you get startled by yelling, shouting or the like, don't pay much attention. I have learned that Chinese people generally talk louder than many people I know and that they express their emotions in their tone without really getting angry. I am anxious that while you are paying attention to the person who you think is furious, your wallet is...

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  • Shanghai Trap No :1

    When you are walking on the road, they are calling you to the shops, but shops are hidden in the parallel roads to the main roads. And shops are in homes. They are selling imitation material but some of them are bringing you there and try to rob you. Be aware of the place you go, be aware of the guy you follow. It is better to find a guy who knows...

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  • Factory shops

    If you book an all day tour with a guide, you will often be encouraged to visit a factory or factory shop where you can see the locals produce various handicrafts (silk textiles, artworks, etc.). Usually the small factory is just for show and the real intent of the visit is the large retail store next to it, from which you guide will get a cut of...

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  • walk untill your feet houts

    if your on tour package, you will only be given few minutes each place . Please , make sure you look for your tour guilde flag color or bus number

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  • Dinero falso - Fake money

    En China hay mucho dinero falso en circulación , especialmente peligrosos son los billetes de 100 Yuans , que son los que más controla la gente ya que los de menos valor no los comprueba tanto la gente In China there is a lot of counterfeit ( fake )money in circulation, particularly dangerous are the 100 Yuan bills , that are those that the people...

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  • A tourist trap only if you let it be

    It is fun buying things !! If it be food or clothes or gifts for the people back home. So if those places that sell those things seem to be a tourist trap, it is only because we let them be. I liked buying stuffed toy animals at the Zoo.And so I didn't think of that as a tourist trap. I enjoyed getting what I wanted to get. If no fun, Make it...

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  • terra cotta warriors/great wall/peddlers

    The street sellers in China (post cards, trinket souveniers, etc) were the most persistant and agressive I've ever seen. It often took a stern wave of the hand, a stern look and a stern "boo-yao" ["yao" rhyming with "now" - I don't recall the actual translation, but basically it means "go away, I don't want any!" as for the t. c. warriors and the...

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  • Fake RMB's

    My fellow hotel mates, in GuangZhou got cheated by a money changer, as he gave them counterfeit RMB (chinese currency notes). The money changers even don't take any responsibility if you leave the counter. I also heard that someone got fake currency notes from an ATM in Guangzhou !!! When in China, prefer to get the money exchanged from Government...

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  • strangers at the railway station

    once you arrive in baihe railway station, there will be a guy or a girl offering you hotel and cheap tours to changbaishan. he doesnt charge an arm and a leg but the way he guides people, its like joining the amazing race contest. your tour will end in less than a day. if you get caught, you can always say no and do as you wish. never ever pay at...

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  • carefull to shopping in china

    if you buy some thing in china , make sure get the deal price , then take the goods with u , then pay , if they want to give u plastic or paper to wrap it , do not give them back the goods, they might change it after u give it back to them , to the bad one at the back , then when u open u goods at the hotel , it is not the same one like u bargin or...

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  • Thing you do not want but accidentally...

    It is a new way to make money for many hotels in China: in many bathrooms in your hotelroom you'll find some things, which look as if they are free of charge like the soap or shampoo. When you check out you'll discover, that you have to pay for those things. Those things are mainly razors and/or condoms. They look different as the goods you to pay...

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  • The Great Wall at Badaling, Tourist...

    Against our better judgment we decided to see the Great Wall at Badaling the day after seeing it at Jinshanling and Simatai. We debated whether or not to go for days but due to reports that photography was exceptional there and the weather was nice, we let down our ‘Chinese Tourist’ guard and went. We arrived around 11:30 at what looked more like...

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  • Haggel- they expect it and its fun!

    Everyone tries to charge foreigners double at little stands, familiarize yourself with good prices for what you want to buy, and the language needed-dou shao qian (doe show chian) how much is it?tai gui le (tie g-wei la) too expensive!yi ban in half!and defiantly learn your numbers

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  • Are those the real hotel rates

    Americans and Europeans tend to believe that the prices posted in the lobby of a hotel are the actual price they should pay. This remains true even after we have seen prices posted in the rooms much higher than we had to pay. Well in China I guess there are times such as holidays or times of heavy travel when you would have to pay the posted rate,...

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  • Kong Family Mansion in Qufu

    The Kong Family Mansion is where the descendants of Confucius lived. They kept the Confucius temple, which is next to the mansion, and the cemetery in order with regards to maintenance and gardening. They were also in charge of the elaborate ceremonies held within the temple. The mansion was originally built in 1038 with a connection to the temple....

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  • Toilet

    Oh my god, the toilet is just so disgusting in certain part of China. I have to emphasize, not all the places in China the toilets are dirty, just the village and province part is dirty and you can smell it from a distance. There are some toilet which have no doors. If you still need the toilet, make sure you fold you jeans real high up to your...

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  • Rickshaw drivers

    You'll be offered rides from local Rickshaw drivers throughout China.They are usually working in conjunction with a store or merchant and getting a kickback for "reeling" you in with the hopes of selling you something. A Rickshaw ride can be part of a wonderful experience.ALWAYS agree to a price first. Be stern in letting your driver know you will...

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  • Memory card scam in Shanghai Old Town

    I bought a memory card for good price in Old Town Shanghai and tested it on the spot inmy camera. All seemed fine but realised later it was not a 512mb as it said on sticker but a 256mb. I know this cos I have a 256 and it gives same amount of pics. Know how many pics you should get from the card Buy one somewhere else

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  • Expensive coffee breaks

    If you are counting the pennies then becareful of just stopping to have a coffee especially at or around tourist attractions. They can be very expensive (e.g. 30 yuan at the Big Goose Pagoda in Xian) in comparison to other food items you can buy (e.g. 5 yaun for big bottle of water in hostel in Xian). Check the price before you buy. Go to a local...

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  • When you get get off the airport bus in...

    Don't get in to the taxis that wait there.They will rip you off big time. They will not put meter on or wont have one. Barter with them. Most taxis to anywhere close to Tinanamen Square and even out to around Workers Stadium are under 25yuan. Just cross road and hail a green and yellow down. All other taxis used in Beijing were fine. Just make...

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  • Be safe - Travel in pairs or more!

    Crime can be present if you invite it. If you look like you have money, valuable belongings, or both, then you're inviting it. There's definitely safety in numbers. Be aware of what's around you, who they are, and if they look like they're planning to rob you. Typically people will stare and move on. Maybe out of curiosity, they'll keep watching,...

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  • You GOTTA see the Great Wall!

    Sure, every visitor to China gets there eventually. and it is almost done to death. But, this thing is awesome. Pictures never quite do it justice. It is a bit of a tourist trap, but steady your nerves. On a freezing cold day in January I ignored the hawkers until I realized they were offering me a Tee shirt for the equivalent of a dollar. Where...

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  • Terracotta Guides - Hard headed as the...

    When you arrive at the terracotta warriors, you will be met by a guide (under the tent area at very entrance).Know the following, more so than a guide, they're professional salesmen bent on selling you trinkets and souveniers at the end of your tour. If that isn't bad enough, they'll begin by trying to sell you VERY expensive (25,000USD) terracotta...

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  • At the far end of the river....

    Immediately after you land into the Guilin airport you'll be offered the usual cellphone from your taxi driver so you can negotiate him/her as your driver and guide for the remain of your time in Guilin.Also, as if by magic...the person on the other end of the phone will materialize back at your hotel, meeting you there when you arrive and wanting...

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  • Where are you from?

    Outside every major tourist spot in China you will have smiling people walking up to you to greet you and inquire "Where are you from Mister?"We found this specially prevalant in Tianemen Square and Summer Palace.Once you answer, they'll try to involve you in a conversation about their friend/cousin who lives in your home country and even in your...

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  • Great Wall - of inpenetrable vendors!

    As you arrive at the Great Wall you will be amazed at the number of stalls and vendors selling their wares! Everyone descends on you all at once screaming in your direction "Halloooo, mr. looky, haloooo" We were not prepared for this as it was our first day in Beijing.You have to climb a fairly steep hill before reaching the entrance of the Wall...

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