10 Common Scams to Avoid || CHINA TRAVEL TIPS 🇨🇳

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  1. Hi guys🙋🏻 getting scammed is something we'd all like to avoid. I wanted to bring attention to this problem in this episode of my China Travel Tips Series. Please feel free to share your own stories and experiences so we can all become more aware of scams to look out for! If you prefer reading, I wrote an article on this topic: https://herewithdia.com/scams-in-china/

  2. planning to go to china next year so thank you for the tips , number 11 though …. kinda burst my bubble lol

  3. Hi Dia, thank you for good tips, is good to know if I want to visit China for very first time and to be aware of scammers, as in my country South Africa same things happen here as well, thank you again for your tips, as I saw before on pictures China look to be lovely country

  4. Basically don't response to any solicitations in China. Definitely have a plan ahead. It is better to have a friend show you around.

  5. The 100 RMB switch is especially bad with taxi drivers because you are gathering belongings and looking to get out of the car. Show the bill and ask if it is OK before giving it. Keeping sufficient change is always a problem not just in China. ATMs always give out 100 RMB notes in China. Maybe you can ask or have written in Chinese request change from the tellers in the bank after you get some money from the ATM. As for shopping, I almost never do because of the hassle of bargaining. China merchants, especially the small ones, lose a lot of business because people from outside almost universally hate the time it takes to bargain but unfortunately the culture encourages this bad behavior. My souvenirs are almost always photographs of my trip and occasionally I will hire a guide from a reputable guide company in advance of traveling there when making purchases on souvenirs.

  6. I've spent a couple years in China and the only scam is was ever subject to was a taxi driver who had me pay double the fare, so 130元 instead of 75, but I knew what I was getting into and couldn't be arsed because he was the only driver willing to take me where I was going.
    China is much safer even regarding small scale scams than India or South East Asia as a whole (Singapore excluded) and the police and security officers are always extremely helpful.

  7. the scamming attempts occur daily in shanghai if you don't look Chinese. Every time you want to buy something, even fruit, they try to take advantage of you.

  8. Haha! We got scammed twice. Both times by taxi drivers. Once in Guangzhou and once in Shenzhen. All good though, still had a great time on the trip! We're actually going back again soon. Thanks for the tips!

  9. Don't do like I foolishly did once. Leaving your taxi with your bag inside to buy some stuff at a store on the way to your destination expecting it to stand by. The taxi might opt on what's left in your bag rather than paying your ride even if you ve taken your wallet with you…and leave you empty-handed!

  10. ER no….. NEVER get you money from a Chinese ATM…… many times i have seem people get fake bills….., never change money in a hotel…..
    The issue is the staff not the organizations.. and I even had Bank teller staff try to pass fake bills once.

    You missed the BIGGEST SCAM…. becoming an English teacher…
    As for fake beggars…. a group of Chinese factory workers I knew stripped a local beggar to show he had a hidden leg….

  11. Wow! Stay safe, when visiting China or other countries 🖐😃😎✌🇵🇷🇺🇸💙✌ happy new year 2020

  12. The taxi scum happened to be but I was smart about it … The moment I got out from the airport the taxi drivers came to me however I asked one of them and he told me 200RMB .. I kept refusing .. I told him 20RMB or I won't go at first he kept reducing the price until he agreed to take me with 20 RMB cuz I left him ..bcuz the hotel was so close .. it was just a one hour drive

  13. do you know if the Silver Oriole

    is a native bird to China?

    also will customs slam me over if I buy one ir two or three unique but fake snapbacks?

  14. Sadly I got scammed ( or used ) by my Chinese girl friend, she got an all expenses paid holiday to Australia for 3 months, ( paid by me ) then wanted me to support her and her daughter while back in China. $400 AUD a week. That's when I sent her back home. Lesson learnt.

  15. Great video, I moved to China in October, and only had the taxi scam happen, luckily I didn't pay that much. I was wondering if you have more tips on the local dating apps, what would you recommend? I live in Shenzhen by the way, great city.

  16. China is a dishonest place, so many bad things happen there as well, they kidnap children all the time, yet call us "Barbarians".

  17. Just got scammed tonight with two ladies who approached us to have a drink. They are so friendly and talks a lot. We are so naive to think they are just making friends but it was all a scam. Shame on them. I hope they change and will never fool someone again. Praying for their souls.

  18. Don't forget scams at the airport. Scammers were telling me that the airport was close when I arrived at around 11PM – 12AM when all the airport shops were closed. They suggested getting a hotel for the night. A taxi driver suggest taking me for a tour around the city. They spoke perfect English and wore business attire.

  19. I didn’t know the Chinese people were so scamming now I will not travel to China thank you Chinese girl for telling me this.

  20. Whenever I am in Asia near an airport or a major train/bus station and someone approaches me with eyebrows raised and a giant, friendly grin…
    I put my hand out and ask them for money. (你想要给我钱吗?)
    It quickly furrows the stranger's brow. Lol!

  21. Ive had such good and friendly experiences with Chinese people that sometimes i forget that they can also have bad intentions like every other human

  22. So when me and my family finished Shopping at SNR, BGC in the Philippines, we saw this Chinese guy from Hong Kong. He was selling a fake Rolex and he was insisting my dad to buy it. He kept following us on the way home. Even in the car. It’s creepy af

  23. Hi there! Great video and thank you. Question: how much money should one take with them for their very first trip?

  24. Trying to decide where to take my new bride on honeymoon after we marry. I'm watching countless vids on countless places and seeing the scams, cons, pickpockets, thieves, stick up men, kidnapped, exorbitant prices, high taxes, nickel and dimed to death, language barrier, etc etc..I'm thinking piss on all of it and just stay home

  25. I was victimized by taxi scammers in Beijing on my 1st time landed there. I took a taxi from the airport Beijing Peking to south train station I paid 700元. When arrive in Tianjin, weeks later I started to realize that the fucking taxi driver scammed me. That amount was ridiculously high compared to actual km/m rates.

  26. save it girl. you have 10 times more chance to be scamed in France than in china.

  27. I'm married to a Chinese woman since 2001. One day in Shanghai, I was walking a few meters behind my wife browsing shops when a Chinese guy offered me something totally illegal in lousy English (a prostitute for a night to be specific). I pointed at my wife and told him in Mandarin "This is my wife". The look on his face was priceless!

  28. I just got back from china a few days ago, I went by myself, I got exposure to the following scams

    – Taxi Scam
    – Monk Scam
    – Woman randomly asking you out for expensive drinks/food and pocket some of the cost the next day or something, though if you play your cards right you can still get in their pants ;')
    – Girls on tinder who are basically the same as the chicks above (they will want to meet straight away and their tinder profiles are always blank)

  29. I lived in China for three years, and these are very good tips, especially the illegal taxies. Is someone is bothering you, just say "Wo bu yao" (I don't want it), and he or she will usually leave you alone. With a little caution and common sense, traveling in China can be a pleasant experience. I always found people there to be very helpful.

  30. If you're in Shanghai (PVG), take the Maglev (under $5) into Pudong and Line 2 Metro into downtown. If you fly into Hongqiao (Western Shanghai), take the metro Line 2 or 10. Cheap, clean, fast and none of the taxi bullshit. Frankly, you really don't want to sit in traffic in a taxi in Shanghai…..it can take hours to get from A to B. The Maglev cuts a 45+ minute drive to just 8 minutes. If you prefer taxis, download Didi (Chinese version of Uber). I've met so many really nice people across China using Didi.

    If you're in Beijing, take the Capitol Airport Express train (under $4) to Line 2/13. You can get anywhere in Beijing from that terminal using the metro. Tier 2 cities aren't quite this convenient.

    Just ignore the scammers. If they keep pestering you…..usually by walking alongside you and continuing to talk….just say bu (pronounced boo). Most scammers know the word no in English…but saying no in Chinese is a nice little way to suggest you're not a tourist….even if you are. And quit walking the tourist traps….East Nanjing Road in Shanghai is just a long-ass overpriced outdoor pedestrian mall with all the usual overpriced brand names. That's where most of the scammers hang out. Just one or two blocks off the beaten path is a much better experience overall.

    Keep your valuables in your front pockets…phone, passport, keys, money. It's not impossible to pickpocket a front pocket, but definitely not as easy. Much worse is the identity theft. I've had to cancel cards a number of times after using shops not only in China, but enroute through airports in the U.S., Canada and Europe. Check your accounts online regularly for fraudulent transactions while you're away.

    Fake goods…there used to be several great places to grab fakes in Shanghai but the city has been cracking down in recent years. 580 Nanjing…gone. 360 mkt still has some shops in the upper floors. The biggest fake market is now underground at Science and Tech in Pudong (Metro Line 2). Hey, if you want to buy fakes go ahead. I'm convinced that not all "fakes" in China are fakes, but actually stock that found its way out the back door of the manufacturers. Frankly, much of the "authentic" shit is overpriced anyway. Rule of thumb….10x. The first price you'll hear when they inevitably whip out their calculator and tell you they're going to give you "best price"…it's about 10 times the amount you can bargain down to. If they're asking 1800rmb, you can easily get it for about 180 with persistence. You don't need to be a great negotiator….just persistent. Be willing to walk away. You'll find hundreds…literally hundreds…of shops within 100 meters selling the exact same products.

    Skip the tours….just skip them. Thank me later. I'm not new to China so I do have the benefit of hundreds of friends and colleagues there…so we generally do things together. But even when I was new to China I skipped the tours and explored on my own. I now give "tours" of cities like Shanghai to my Chinese colleagues who visit these places for the first time.

    Fake bills…many of the shops these days have bill verification equipment. So you'll see these shops run your 100s, 50s and sometimes 20s through the bill counter right in front of your face. Oddly, even for authentic bills it sometimes takes two or three passes for the bills to be properly identified. Five years now and I've never once dealt with counterfeit bills.

    With all due respect, Dia, many of those beggars…the ones missing limbs or otherwise seriously physically impaired…are typically not well-to-do individuals pretending that they're missing arms and legs. It's just not the case. So I really don't see a point in suggesting that they may be scamming people. They're often clearly not well off. I'm guilty of ignoring them often, but there are times I've donated….not a big deal to give 1 or 2 rmb to them (guys, 1 rmb is currently about $0.15 usd).

    Off topic…Dia, you're gorgeous. Just sayin.

  31. While visiting some countries in Asia like Japan, South Korea, The Philippines, and Thailand I got to see many of those tips and learned to beware of them and in South Korea I learned the hard way.

  32. I hward chinese police are not trustable. U keep refering to police… r u sure? Police will always side with chinese people… it is not a western country…

  33. A year ago, I stayed in GuiLin Hotel and I asked for travel advice from their Concierge service about local travels. He referred me to a travel desk right in their hotel. I took the bait and got ripped off. For my 2nd tour, I walked outside and booked with a travel service not associated with the hotel and got much better value. I am Chinese and I speak Chinese but I still got ripped off. There is just no way to avoid being ripped off when you're in China. The biggest cheater, of course, is the government, provincial or city or at the town level. They raised the one-way air ticket price from Shanghai to Kunming from the average 400 RMB to 2,400 RMB per ticket before the Spring Festival. American airlines are actually much worse.

  34. I got coned $30 for Number 10. She gave me two beads but she was like 80….poor women it was snowing and she wasn't wearing much.

  35. There are many scams also exist here in the U.S. as well, the local criminals specifically target tourist in touristy area's, because they know most tourist have money. The thing that makes things a little more dangerous here is the fact that we have an armed populace, and most criminals have guns, so don't hesitate to call 911 for police if you got a bad feeling about someone or something. I know these rules are the same with all countries, You just gotta always be vigilant and aware of your surroundings at all times, and always go with your gut instinct no matter where you go.

  36. You're video is great! Informative and very fun to watch. As someone who has lived for years in Tokyo, the contrast is huge. No haggling, no stealing even when you leave your bag wallet phone and laptop on the table in Maccas and go to the bathroom. Or fall asleep on the train, bag still on the rack 1 hour later. Then again i've been to Beijing and nothing happened there, so maybe, similar !?!

  37. Hey Dia Jin, how would you stay skinny and live healthier as always. How often you're eating for a day. Are you just eat an egg or a fruit for the whole day or you don't eat nothing for 2 days.

  38. 1:55 This is actually a common scam on Tinder occurring now in Kiev and Budapest. The scammer (usually an attractive co-ed) has an agreement with the restaurant/bar.

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