China Warnings and Dangers

  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn
  • Warnings and Dangers
    by blueskyjohn

China Warnings and Dangers

  • Safety

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Hi I was in Beijing 3 years ago for nearly a week & visited the Great Wall too. In all that time from travelling on the Underground / Train & generally walking & taxis too I never encountered any problems whatsoever even with going around street markets. Like any city just take care of your valuables & respect their culture.

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  • Photos/Video

    Xi'an Warnings and Dangers

    What a challenge for the photo maniacs! The poor illumination, the reflexes in the glass, the impossibility to use flash, the uncomfortable position, everything contributes to the poor quality of all the taken pictures. Of course, some efforts deserve respect!

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  • Pollution

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    US embassy issues a smog warning. Usually much different from what China announces. From what I understand Chinese people listen to the US version as it is more believable. These photos are from a day the US Embassy issued the highest pollution alert there is, Hazardous. They recommend staying indoors. This would be a good day to visit an indoor...

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  • Toilets

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Well they have these in Japan, too and I hate them. Fortunately, a lot of places (in Japan) have modern ones. China not so much (actually I'd think hardly at all). On the other hand, it's better than a tree or bush or whatnot.

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  • Restaurants/Nightclubs

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    DONT GO TO BARS LIKE" PROPAGANDA BAR" ETC IN WUDAOKOU AREA CLOSE TO BLCU,,AS WELL IN SANLITUN,MY U.S FRIEND WENT TO TOILET IN PROPAGANDA BAR -WUDAOKOU ,CHINESE PEOPLE ASKED HIM WHERE HE IS FROM THAN BROKE HIS NOSE ETC,,ALMOST EVERY DAY IT HAPPENS HERE,NEVER ACCEPT INVITATION FROM CHINESE PERSON INVITING U TO A BAR OR COFFE PLACE,THEY HAVE AGREEMENT...

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  • Taxis/Pedicabs

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    On some of the side streets at the corners of Wangfujing are Taxi stands. Be sure to ask the cost of the fare to your hotel before you get in the cab. I was quoted 100rmb for a ride that should cost 30rmb. As I walked away, the fare dropped steadily but only bottoming out at 70rmb. You would have to walk a few blocks away to catch a Taxi that will...

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  • Change Money

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Beware of street traders giving you counterfeit notes in your change. Check the watermark and feel of any notes you are given. In the Summer Palace I bought some postcards from a hawker using the correct money. The hawker then tried to get me to change some small RMB notes to a larger one - at least one of the notes she tried to give me was a...

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  • Beggars

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    At the some location somebody ( in my case two young girl at qianmen dajie) will asking you, where we are come from. Then, if we can't speak Chinese, she will speak English fluently. They want some money to buy bread, food, go back to their home. If, we not give them, they will talk to somebody else to call police with Chinese languages. Beware.

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  • Shopping

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    I spent 5 nights in Beijing in March 2010 during which I made 2 purchases using credit card : one for hotel bill, the other in a well established restaurant well known for its peking duck. Both credit card slips reflected entire credit card numbers instead of last 4 digits commonly practice by all merchants as security measures. As a result, my...

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  • Climate

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    The Chinese Wall in July and August can be a very hot experience. I was there one day in August, and it was 40 C and no wind. Puh... Make sure you have enough water, or money to buy refreshments. The price is higher here, and it's also a entry fee for the toalet.

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  • Great Wall

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    I was about to write " a nightmare" but it was a lye: not even that, only... impossible. Our only chance to access the wall in Badaling was to leave the bus more than 2 km before it, and walk along the desperate row of jammed cars. No problem... it's China.

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  • Crowds

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Be prepared to share your space with lots of people. The Forbidden City is huge, but we hardly imagine how could have lived there about 8000 people. I think that the simultaneous visitors will be less than that, but we are always surrounded by a crowd, and all the places where we may peep must be seen behind a wall of heads or... cameras....

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  • Health

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    BEIJING When travelling here in China it is immediately noticeable that locals tend to spit anywhere and anytime. Apart from it being really unhygenic it is a common custom practiced allover. The pollution being extremely bad from motor vehicles and northern dust storms it doesn't take long to suffer from its affects. The constant sounds of...

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  • Traffic

    Beijing Warnings and Dangers

    Be careful when crossing streets. Not onlky do you have to watch out for for the usual cars and buses, but also bicycles and scooters. These frequently dont abide by the rules as the 4 wheeled vehicles.

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  • Tea: don't go with anyone ever it's a...

    Your invited to tea and the bill will be yours to pay at enormous expense.The normal way with men at least is for a pretty girl trying to get you talking. you shall be invited to tea. The bill will cost you £$£$£$£$ don't speak to them walk on or use German or French but still walk on. YOUR THE MARK !!!Don't BUY Chinese medicine it too is a scam...

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  • Crooks at Tiananmen Square, Beijing!

    Watch out!If you meet in a center of Beijing nice young Chinese people speaking good English and inviting you for tea or something - be careful, don't accept the invitation! They may take you to the tearoom, you will have your time drinking and talking with them and in the end you will receive a high bill to pay (100-200 USD!). You won't have a...

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  • Pedestrian Safety

    Be careful when crossing the street! Unlike many Western nations, where the pedestrians' right of way in crosswalks is generally respected, that is NOT the case in China. Cars and other motorized vehicles are king in CHinese crosswalks. You are supposed to cross at the crosswalks, but only do so when the road is clear and you are not going to get...

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  • BEWARE OF PICKPOCKETS AND THEIVES

    CHINA China with its vastly numerous population is such a wonderful place to visit but is not without its everyday dangers. Unfortuneatly The tourist or travellers really "stick out" in the crowd here making them a popular target for theives and pickpockets. Although I heard of people being "ripped off", I had no such problem while travelling...

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  • Traffic Congestion

    The number one complaint among Chinese city dwellers is the traffic congestion that plague the streets of China's cities. Because of the economic boom fueled by increased foreign investment, privately owned cars are becoming more accessible to the local people. Just a few years ago, most Chinese got around the cities by bicycle. Nowadays, bicycles...

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  • ALWAYS TRAVEL HERE WITH TRAVEL INSURANCE

    CHINA .Travelling here in this huge amazing country is of course not without its dangers. Always when travelling especially in Asia make sure that you have the neccesary Travel insurance for your needs. We all like to do different things when travelling and some can be dangerous. Hospital stays are extremely expensive along with doctors or surgeons...

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  • ALWAYS CARRY YOUR OWN FRESH BOTTLED...

    CHINA When travelling in this part of the world and especially here in China I always carry my own fresh bottled water. This can be purchased best and cheapest at supermarkets. I usually buy 2 bottles for every day that I am staying and/or when I am leaving I stock up and as I always (when possible) travel by train. The hotel /hostel where you are...

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  • Credit Cards and Exchange Fees

    When charging items to your credit cards, particularly larger items such as hotels or air/train tickets, try your best to kindly remind the vendor to have all major expenses in China charged to local (RMB) currency.Some more reputable establishments will ask for your preference while most will not. Many will use their “internal” exchange rates at...

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  • YOU ARE GOING TO HAVE TO BUY A VISA !

    The Chinese are amazingly equitable. Essentially they want virtually everyone in the world to buy a visa if you want to come here. The only passport holders in the world who get in for free – for 15 days – are lucky people form Singapore, Brunei and Japan. The other 5 Billion of you must pay. Oddly I found it easy to get one. They just want the...

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  • Acommon1 SAFE JOURNEY ANYWHERE

    Common sense Acommon Travel rules as to where ever you go.#1. Don't go where you shouldn't go.#2. Follow the rule of law in the country that you reside.#3. Adhere to the rule of law from your home country.#4. Respect and "pre-" read up on the culture(s).#5. Gain some familiarity with the country's national language prior to your trip.#6. Practice...

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  • pick pockets

    this is a sad fact of china. millions of country people flock to the big cities each year in the hope of making some money. unfortuneatly some don't make a cent, so in order to survivecrime is an option. just be wary when in a crowd...be aware if you get country people or children milling around you...remember you are a soft target. make sure all...

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  • Queue / Line Jumping

    Be prepared for queue / line jumping when in China. Some people will push to get a head of you or just go around any queue. Even standing in an aircraft aisle, some local people will push to pass you when no one is moving. People sometimes put their arms with money over your shoulder to pay admission. Often people get on the metro and...

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  • Common Sense

    China is as safe as any country is. Pickpockets and scam artists are all around the globe , no matter where you go. SO when in China use your common sense. Ive worked in China on and off for 3-4 years and never had a problem. Toilets , yep theyre a little different and well sometimes a little dirty/smelly but hey thats the way it is. Do carry...

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  • Air Pollution

    The air pollution in and around the Chinese cities is the worst I have ever seen. The air pollution is so bad that when I entered Guangzhou, I was not able to see the buildings clearly until I was very close to them.Recent studies have shown that China is the world's number one emitter of carbon dioxide. In addition, only one percent of China's...

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  • Scammed by two pretty Shanghai women

    Scammed in Shanghai by 2 pretty girlsTwo weeks ago I arrived in China for a solo holiday to visit Shanghai for the Expo and the sights. I was also flying to Beijing for a week for a look. I missed my flight back to Australia and had some time to kill in Shanghai.I was feeling a little lonely and vunerable and even after reading the warnings online...

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  • China - GPS accuracy

    I didn't realize it at the time, but Google maps do not match GPS orientation in China - it seems to be 50-200 meters off. The satellite images are spot on, as are Open Streetmaps. I have heard that the Garmin maps are off as well. I was originally trying to use downloaded Google maps with my Droid, but after a confusing day, downloaded Open...

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  • Taxis

    All my taxi drivers were polite and helpful. Only getting to and from the Ice Lantern Festival can be tricky. They like to charge more than the meter both there and back. My driver left me in the car for 10 minutes before he found more passengers to take back into town. He was nice enough, but for some reason, they need more money for this trip....

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  • Beggars

    Once again, I had been warned to try and avoid the many beggars in China, in particular in and around the Forbidden City. Well, amazingly (and I do not know why!) but we did NOT encounter many beggars at all. Perhaps in our whole 3 weeks, we would have been lucky to have seen maybe 6 in total, and the ones we did see were not seriously aggresive....

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  • Snowed in!

    I went to Beijing at New Year. And I was there during the biggest snowfall for many years. The airport was closed and I couldn't fly home. Was I bovvered?

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  • OK if you don't inhale.

    This is a shot of Beijing at high noon in late 2009 after the Olympics were history and cars were back clogging the streets and the factories were chugging along again. Pittsburgh was much the same in the '50's so there is hope if they really get serious about protecting their people and the environment.

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  • China scarcities - toilet paper and...

    Even at Hotels, they were stingy in providing toilet paper, mostly only giving us half a roll per day! And most if not all toilets do not provide toilet paper, so you MUST bring your own, or even better are the small tissue packs, fitting easily into handbags or bumbags.Also something we found difficult to source was Lipton Black Tea, it took us 4...

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  • Language Barriers

    If you dont speak at least some or fluent Mandarin, then your holiday in China is indeed going to be an adventure! Ours certainly was, and thats an understatement. Most taxi drivers, shop owners, and even Hotel Staff speak little or no english. But, we seemed to get by with knowing only a few words in Chinese, ordering food from only pictures, and...

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  • Typical Chinese toilets are not much...

    Im sure many people have done warnings about Chinese toilets before, so this will be not unlike the warnings! I will say that the toilets we encountered were not quite as bad as I was expecting, although I will also say that it is an added travel problem for us women to have our periods whilst travelling in China!!!!! (sorry guys - had to be blunt...

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  • The Chinese love to spit!

    I had been warned by many people to watch out for Chinese spit!!! And, yes indeed, that warning was correct. I have never witnessed so much random and disgusting spitting in my entire life. You cant walk 5 metres without stepping on spit, or having to quickly move to avoid incoming spit! And the noises they make when doing it - yukky!!!And its not...

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  • Adaptors for Powerpoints in Hotels

    I was unclear as to what adaptor to take from Australia, so I took two. The one with 2 round prongs and one with 2 flat prongs. All Hotels we stayed at took the one with 2 round prongs, but not the other one. Also, at our last Hotel in Shanghai, The Metropole, it also had a power point in the room that you could plug Australian plugs straight into,...

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  • No Facebook in China

    I was quite devastated the first time I got on a pc in China to learn that they have banned Facebook!!! I dont really know why, but a quick warning - that if you are hoping to keep in contact with friends and family via Facebook while holidaying in China - IT AINT HAPPENING!!!

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  • Blocked websites in China

    About 10% of all internet sites are blocked in China, blogger & Facebook to name 2. This can be a bit of a pain sometimes, however there are a long list of sites that still work such as myspace and good old virtual tourist.

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  • Getting your Visa At Chinese Consulate...

    Well ... we hadnt even got out of the country and we were already (nearly) scammed!?We get up to the Chinese Consulate at 9.05 am today. We find the building and heading that way, when a Chinese guy in the laneway says "are you here for your visa?" and we say yes. He says "Go in there" so he ushers us into a small shopfront across the road from the...

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  • Don't buy souvenirs from roadside...

    Don't buy guidebooks, postcards or other small souvenirs from roadside vendors in large popular tourist attractions such as the Forbidden City in Beijing. We have been warned by our tourist guides before. They know better and seeing is believing! If the item is really a good bargain and you insist on buying it, give them the right change for the...

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  • Cold Weather Preparation

    Be prepared for very cold weather in the winter, and also for the fact that indoor heating is not what you may be used to in the West. Western oriented hotels will generally be well heated but other public places are not heated to the level we are accustomed to in the West. If you are traveling on business and will visit factories, beware that many...

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  • Chinese sellers at tourist spots

    Once you show interest (or worse, if you touch a good), the vendors will not leave you in peace. They will offer the good at a ridiculous amount (you should not even start bargaining at 50% less but much lower). And they follow you offering the good that you like and if you dislike hard bargaining, then my tip is: Do not show interest while you are...

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