After paying to get into the City God Taoist temple in ZhuJiaJiao, we were greeted (all too eagerly) by what I thought was a shrine worker. He was a little too quick to try to show us things and around the temple, before dragging me to his desk and beginning a palm-reading (in Chinese, which my friend had to translate). I kept saying I was not paying for anything, and tried to walk away several times, but no matter to him, he carried on and then tried to demand a 200 RMB "donation" for his 2 minute service.
We gave him a donation of about 20RMB, and I still felt very ripped off.
Unique Suggestions: Just be wary (everywhere you go) because almost no one is offering to help you for free. The temple is worth a look, just don't be fooled when you're approached.
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The biggest bridge in Zhujiajiao is Fangsheng Bridge. On the bridge you could get a good bird's-eye view of the surrounding area. "Fangsheng" means "to set free", the traditional Buddhist custom of setting free small animals such as turtles, fish and such so as to accrue good karma.
Here there're aunties with plastic bags of small fish which they try to sell to visitors and other passers-by for this "good" purpose. However I think these poor creatures are only going to be caught again by these people right after you set them free, so as to keep their "wheel of prosperity" running. So, don't be taken in!
Fun Alternatives: The bridge itself is fine... just don't be taken in by the vendors!
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