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

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10 Common Scams to Avoid || CHINA TRAVEL TIPS 🇨🇳
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  • hi guys, so today we're gonna talk about sort of an unpleasant
  • topic, when it comes to traveling in China.
  • I decided
  • to make this video because a viewer
  • and a supporter of mine
  • mentioned that he almost
  • got into er he did get into some of a
  • scam situation while he was traveling in China, so this made
  • me realize how important it is to
  • spread awareness to those
  • very common scams that you may find
  • that way you know how to spot them and know how to
  • avoid and how to walk away
  • so today we're gonna talk about the top 10 most common
  • in China, and how to avoid them.
  • just a quick note
  • a lot of these scams are not only targeted towards foreigners
  • they actually will target locals as well
  • who are traveling within the country. So just be aware
  • that just because a local seems to
  • following someone doesn't mean that they know what they're doing either.
  • let us start first with 3 important numbers
  • to know when you're traveling in China, i know
  • there's a communication error if you try to call the local authorities
  • however, it's still important to have these numbers handy just
  • in case. so the police number in time is
  • the ambulance number is
  • and the fire department its:
  • alright let's jump right into the scams, so sitting at number
  • 1. the scam is gonna be called:
  • so this is especially prevalent if you are
  • a solo
  • male traveling to China.
  • you may find, you're walking along a touristy area
  • and a probably young, Chinese
  • woman walks up to you, and asks
  • hi, where are you from? or
  • hi how long have you been in China? or just striking up
  • a conversation with you. So this may eventually
  • lead to her seemingly wanting to befriend you and
  • maybe ask, oh I would love to practice English with someone or
  • I would love to take you to some of the local spots I know
  • for a tea, or for some food
  • you're gonna end up paying a pretty hefty bill
  • if you choose to go and have lunch or dinner
  • with this new friend you've made. there's also another type
  • of this scam is
  • inviting you to a tea tasting or a tea ceremony
  • you may end up getting scammed into paying
  • hundreds of dollars for this ridiculous
  • tea ceremony scam. so if someone approaches you
  • and tries to befriend you, if it feels
  • suspicious, and if they wanna take you to somewhere
  • of their choosing, just politely say no thank you.
  • my previous video, I did mention that you should
  • approach young students asking for
  • directions cuz they probably will speak some English, more than others
  • however, this is a completely different situation.
  • this is someone approaching you, wanting something from you.
  • scam number 2:
  • so you arrive in an airport in China, or
  • train station. Be aware of solicitors asking
  • or shouting in *English - Taxi, taxi
  • they want to take you to your hotel, however they're
  • prices are gonna be much much higher
  • and it's just not legitimate. There's always gonna be a
  • Taxi queue line right outside of the arrival
  • terminal. Just like you'd find in any other airports. so don't follow them.
  • scam number 3:
  • would you like to skip this long line... so this may happen
  • when you're waiting in queue or in line at say
  • a popular tourist destination like the Forbidden City or some
  • thing like that. and you see these two
  • suspicious looking people come up to you and ask do you
  • wanna skip the long line, i know the best way inside. or they're not allowing
  • anyone else
  • to go in, come with me.
  • I've seen locals fall for this kind of scams as well
  • so like i said before, just because you see locals
  • following these people, doesn't mean they know what they're doing. another
  • way that they can trick you into going with them is
  • by telling you so and so train and bus is no longer
  • operating today, if you want to get to this destination
  • please follow us, we have cars, we can take you for a good
  • price. this is usually not true, the trains
  • and buses are not cancelled and you just have to wait in
  • line, unfortunately, just like everyone els to get into
  • the destination. If you're really concerned
  • and curious, see if you can find a police officer
  • or person in an official uniform and ask them hey
  • is this place closed? - number 5:
  • so this is gonna be very very common around Chinese New Year time
  • as I mentioned, it's very crowded, a lot of people are doing shopping outside.
  • so there's gonna be more pushing and nudging,
  • sometimes they work solo, and sometimes
  • they may work in a group. so when you're out and about
  • don't feel the need to be polite, and
  • let people bump into you, always have your belongings
  • close by where you can see it, and if someone
  • tries to get too close to you or pushes you
  • or touches you in any way, don't be shy to
  • push them or move them or just get out
  • of that situation. scam number 5:
  • this one is really sad. because when i was little, i actually
  • have witnessed a lot of crazy injuries on these people
  • begging on the street. You may see people with no
  • legs. people with no arms, weird
  • crazy head injuries or children that look
  • malnourished. what i used to do when i was a kid
  • was bring all the coins i had from my piggy
  • bank and just kind of pass them out to the people on the street.
  • so now as an adult, unfortunately I realized
  • that you just cannot distinguish between the 'real'
  • people who are begging for money because they really have
  • to, vs the people that are just doing
  • a really good job.
  • scamming others.
  • so just politely decline and walk away.
  • now i don't recommend you trying to buy fake stuff in China
  • unless you really want to, however,
  • if you walk into any random shops or
  • boutiques and you see Nike or Chanel
  • Louis Vuitton, whatever brands you may be thinking of, if its not
  • if its not in an official store, or if its not in an official department store
  • it's probably fake. so there actually
  • are tiers.
  • tiers of faked goods in China
  • so you can actually find things that are so good
  • so closely replicated to the real thing, that it almost cost
  • nearly the same. this is really crazy to me
  • and a lot of people I think don't care, they just buy it because
  • its "cheaper". please don't try to buy a ton of
  • fake stuff in China and bring it
  • back with you in your home country. in case you get caught
  • in customs. you're gonna not have a good time explaining
  • why there's a ton of counterfeit items in your bag.
  • its weird for me to even put this as one of the scams
  • because its almost like something
  • you have to do in China, it is
  • the norm. it's a sport. its
  • weird if you don't bargain. so don't feel shy
  • and don't feel like you're being impolite when you try to bargain
  • i've already talked about this twice in my previous
  • two videos, but i wanted to go into more depth
  • this time. when you walk into a shop, again this
  • is an unmarked, a boutique, an individual
  • shop. not a giant department store or an
  • official flagship store for that particular brand. if you see
  • there's no marked prices, or even if there's those unmarked
  • prices, so marked by the merchant, or even
  • price tags that looks official, you still should bargain.
  • now it's a little bit hard when you don't know what is the fair price.
  • so what i would recommend is to just stand back a bit
  • watch the locals bargain and haggle.
  • and see how much, if you can, see how much they
  • bargain the price down to.
  • I'm gonna do a little bit of a scenario here really quick
  • scam number 8 is:
  • cheap and or poor quality tours, if you don't speak Chinese, I
  • recommend looking for an English speaking tour, those should
  • be plenty. especially in big cities. my trick is
  • i always befriend the hotel front desk people
  • in any place i'm staying in and I ask them for advice and tips
  • because if they're a well established hotel
  • or if they are a legitimate hotel they're not gonna
  • try to send you on some bad tour, because that could actually effect
  • their reputation for the future. so make friends with the front
  • desk people at where you're staying, they also have
  • trip.com or the Ctrip app on their phone in Chinese
  • that they can check all the different tours that are
  • offered and they can actually read reviews by locals
  • and foreigners and they can help you figure out the best tour
  • for you. some hotels may even offer
  • tour packages, and I would trust those a little bit more because
  • they're reputation is on the table. Don't ever ever
  • ever take a tour offer from anybody on the street.
  • scam number 9 is:
  • first of all, always get your money from official bank
  • ATMs and official exchange offices
  • get familiar with what the bills look and feel like, you can
  • hold it up, feel the ridges
  • and see what a real bill feels like. now
  • here are some of the ways people can scam you with cash
  • merchants may accuse you of giving them a fake bill
  • when in fact they are the ones that swapped out
  • a real bill with a fake one. in this case just
  • threaten to call the police. if they still insist
  • actually just dial the number
  • i know there's gonna be a communication issue
  • with the local police because they may not speak English
  • however, hopefully they've tried to do this with someone else before.
  • and so the police are a bit aware of the situation
  • also i hope you just never get into this kind of scenario
  • another one could be trying to give you the incorrect
  • amount of change back. so just be aware of that as well.
  • lastly, if a taxi or merchant
  • tries to tell you they don't have enough change to give you back
  • try to have smaller bills on you if that's possible
  • and taxis i kind of understand, but
  • merchants, er shop owners or restaurants,
  • they can ask
  • their neighbors. I know they're friends with their neighbors.
  • so if they tell you they don't have change,
  • just tell them to go next door and ask somebody, make sure
  • you get your change back. scam number 10:
  • this one also makes me really sad because they're preying on people's good
  • heart and their religious or
  • spiritual beliefs and make a profit
  • so apparently these fake monks will walk around and try
  • to hand you make you take
  • maybe a prayer bead or bracelet, necklace
  • and then ask you for donation. they may also show
  • a book or a ledger with names
  • written in different languages, different countries
  • to show you their credibility. no matter what you do just don't
  • accept this 'free' gift because then they will probably try to
  • follow you or ask you for money.
  • if it's a real monk, im pretty
  • sure they're not gonna chase after you if you refuse to
  • donate something in the first try. If you
  • do want to make a small donation or contribution
  • to the temples,
  • hey actually, when you visit a temple they actually will
  • have official boxes or donation booths set up
  • and i would really recommend checking some of the temples in China
  • they're incredible, they are so many different kinds of buddhist statues
  • the vibe. they're usually set in like nice areas
  • parks, or maybe in a forest somewhere,
  • i definitely recommend checking out the temples there.

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In this episode of China Travel Tips, I'm covering an unpleasant but necessary topic: Common Scams in China.

If you're traveling to China for the first time or planning to visit soon, you may encounter some of these or NONE at all. I'm a firm believer that having awareness and knowledge is the best tool to avoid getting into unpleasant situations.

Don't deter from my intention of spreading awareness as a warning of any sort. China is an amazing place to visit and I've always felt safe there. Happy and safe travels guys:)

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