10 Common Scams to Avoid || CHINA TRAVEL TIPS ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ


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.

100 Replies to “10 Common Scams to Avoid || CHINA TRAVEL TIPS ๐Ÿ‡จ๐Ÿ‡ณ”

  1. Hi guys๐Ÿ™‹๐Ÿป 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. Good job. I fell on #5 last summer in Beijing, the touristy Qianmen Da Jie. Long story short, a woman with a teenage daughter claimed that they were hungary and wanted money which I gave. 15 minutes later, they found me again and wanted money for hotel. By that time I knew that I was scammed and felt terrible. Later after some research, I found that the correct thing to do in the situation is to offer to take them to the police where they'll be feed and sent home.

  3. Thank you so much for the info. In a airport in China, they listed in English, the top 10 scams in China on a poster near the taxi.

  4. I bought 200 pairs of fake Oakley sunglasses for 1000 Yuan. When I came back and went through customs they asked if I had any intention of selling these as genuine Oakleys. I said it's all fake and I'm intending on giving most of it to friends and family as gifts. Which was true, I had no intention of selling it. A few I kept for myself. After a few questions about what I do for a living and how my holiday went in China they decided to let me go. This was back in 2010 at Tullamarine Airport in Melbourne, Australia.

    I love the fakes in China. Looks genuine but obviously not, being sold at ridiculously low prices. The people originally was trying to sell the sunglasses to me at 38 Yuan each but because of my awesome bargaining skills I was able to get it down to 5 Yuan each but had to buy 200 which was my intended amount. I love China!

  5. This is a normal CHINESE woman, not corrupted by COMMUNISM, it's a big difference in intelligence, manners and well being, COMMUNISM needs to be expelled from China so it can have its respect back. Good woman ๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿ‘

  6. You are so beautiful Dia….i wish you could walk up to me on the street while I'm walking…i would let you take full advantage of me 101%

  7. Any chinese here? Helpful ones?
    Am travelling to gangzhou airport nxt week…flying to shenyang !
    And am nervous !

  8. Great video! I was in Shenzhen on 2011 but I did not come across any of these probably because I was there during the Universiade. I will be in Beijing in a few days and the video is very helpful!

    P.S.: I am getting ready from bargain game! Did it in Morocco last April and bought everything at least 50% cheaper

  9. Hey, I'm new to your channel. Did you grow up in the US? I lived in Taiwan for 3 years. I became a pro at bargaining. What's funny is that there are 2 things that are not negotiable in Taiwan, but are the only things negotiable in the USA: Cars and Houses. By the way, you are extremely beautiful.

  10. Hello. I have been robbed by a well groomed man in a store while I was shopping at Nanjing Road, Shanghai. I wanted to buy a shirt and jacket. Store manager approached me in the store that the items that I looked at are very good quality and prices already discounted he told me. But my size was not there. He speaks English very fluently. But girls in the store don't speak English even one word. He asked in Chinese language to the girls and told them to bring right size for me from the depot. Then while I was waiting, store manager told me if I would like to drink something, coffee, water etc. I kindly asked water. He told the other girl to bring me water. Then my size arrived. I wanted to pay by my credit card. But he told me that items already discounted if I pay by credit card, store is going to pay commission to the bank. Then I accepted to pay cash. But I had no Chinese money. I wanted to pay by US dollar cash. He told me that shopping with foreign money is illegal. There is a bank in the shopping mall let me exchange for you he told me. I gave him 200usd and sat down and waited for him with the girls in the store. But he didn't came. One hour passed he didn't returned. Then I asked the girls please call your manager I have no more time wait. Girls didn't understand. At the end by the help of one of other shoppers who speaks English I repeated to girls that store manager should return as I have no time to wait. Girls told me that he is not our manager. He is your friend. Then I understand I have been scammed. He played a role against me as if he is a store manager. He also played a role against to the store attendant girls that as if he is my friend. He successfully managed both sides. Then I called Police but Police not found him.

  11. Don't push or shove back as suggested in #4. They'll fall to the ground and cause a ruckus. You'll then be charged for hospital bills.

  12. Dia , Excellent Information you could pass to us . It will be helpful for any first time traveler to China. Keep it up.

  13. That pretty face๐Ÿ˜ could take me for everything and some; and somehow I don't think I would mind all that much. I'm such a victim of my hormones. Sigh….

  14. …If I had even the tiniest inkling of an oncoming scam I'd just say "I know Dia Jin so don't even bother ๐Ÿ–•๐Ÿฝ…ๅ†่ง Zร ijiร n"โ˜ฎ

  15. Wow excellent video – Very informative – I see that street view in google maps does not work in China – Is there an alternative app for street level viewing in China?

  16. India is worse, and dangerous. Funny how Western governments refuse to warn/inform their people. Fucking useless corrupt Western government dogs. Yes I'm a Westerner.

  17. Thanks alot Dia! You are the most honest & fluent in English Chinese I have come across so far. This is a great contribution from your side. We need more Chinese like you!
    Now I'm thinking of making a similar video for my home country & my channel Halaal Adventure Tours!

  18. Hey Dia, thanks for all the great pointers, you have definitely made everyone more aware of the intentions of some poor hearted people in China, I'm sure it may come in handy for me one day. KEEP UP THE FABULOUS WORK!

  19. hi DIA JIN my name is Christian and my wife is LOU DONGMEI she go home each yr and I go every other yr and I have seen all this things that you talked about sometime ill see well something and tell my wife look and she will go that no good come on lol . but to I have good friends in china to too help and my wife and will be going back for the up coming Chinese new yr.

  20. Man, the scams sounds so generic. This kinda scams happens everywhere. I have experience and heard similar scams while travelling to some european countries and some asian countries.

  21. In Shenzen in a shopping mall I saw a man on the floor. he had no arms or legs and just crawled on the floor. He was not begging but even if I wanted to give him money I didn't know how. He did not even have a pocket to receive money. Strange memory I will never forget. In that market I bought a Rolex and a Tag watch which only lated around a week!

  22. All good tips I'm sure.

    But can I just say You are Beautiful.
    No downplaying ur intelligence, just an observation.
    ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ๐Ÿฅฐ

  23. ๐ŸŒท๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐Ÿ‘๐Ÿป๐ŸŒท

  24. Excellent informative post, a breath of fresh air compared to the absolute garbage posted by Serpentza and his immigrant boyfriends. Itโ€™s not just foreigners that get scammed, if the opportunity presents itself, scammers will not discriminate!

  25. Biggest scams in the US: 1) the american dream, 2) Freedom, 3) democracy is good for the country 4) we have a democracy, 5) all non-anglo countries are evil 6) equality 7) no racism 8) freedom of speech/press/expression

  26. Thanks for the tips. I will be visiting China soon. I am very nervous about fake money. But thank u for giving me tips

  27. 2. Taxi scam: I experienced , paid 400RMB from airport to my hotel. Driver super friendly tried to gather all my information like I'm from which country, profession , how much I'm earning, for how many days i will be here etc etc. When he asked my profession and my earning that triggered my mind and I stopped responding.
    Noted your all suggestions. Thanks.

  28. Say no to a Chinese massage?! No way! I have Chinese massage every month nearly. The best tip is to carry cash for tips and to barter!

  29. In Istanbul, Turkiye I was warned if a Turk asks you to come to a bar with beautiful Russian women don't go! One or two will sit by you and buy you a few drinks. Once you get up a gorilla sized Russian or less often Turk stands in your way and demands $3000. Pay or you'll get pulverized. I was once approached but having been forewarned I said NO but when I'm in a strange place here or abroad I'm more cautious. I doubt I'll ever go to China but never say never. If I ever go to China I'll listen to the whole video. My focus is South America now instead of Europe.

  30. Just joined up , i like to travel , im Tim from England , can i just say you are Sooo Beautiful , im not trying to chat you up , i am just paying you a compliment

  31. It's just another confirmation for me what borders still exist and real in some countries. For some time I thought what there is no real borders and world is running by corporations. Now I see I was mistaken.

  32. i went to shanghai in late 2017…and fell for the 11th scam…i was roaming around in the bund area (not far from my hotel) when a young lady approached and befriended me, she took me to a small bar (at around 11 pm), and then led me to a moderate sized room, and two other ladies joined me, they sat beside me on a sofa (i was the only diner), we ate (they hardly drank anything), i became tipsy, they invited me to kiss and fondle them, and then the bill appeared, it said 90,000 rmb, i countered, the ladies went away and 4 men came in explaining the account, i said no, altercation broke in..until i was roughed up and forced to pay the money using my card!!! next day i managed to revisit the place with a cop..i recognized one girl (she said i wasnt there the day before) about the men i couldn't find any familiar face (maybe those men weren't there, or i was in a drunk shock when they hit me)..anyways nothing happened (later i checked bank details it mentioned a different address where the transaction took place)….PLEASE FOREIGNERS (especially men travelling alone) WATCH THIS OUT (btw i am from india, went to shanghai first time alone for a small talk about business).

  33. It is so odd to hear stories as a kid in China as you dont look Chinese at all. More Japanese/Brazilian than anything. Maybe even Thai or Singaporean.

  34. Thank you for the video! As a local Chinese, I have to say that some scams even local people fell in it! Especially for man, "the Badger game" in Chinese:"Xian Ren Tiao", don't push your luck! ( after watching this video, I'll never ask foreign friends"How long hv u been here" LOL)

  35. Why do guys make these cheesy posts to attractive women on Youtube? rolls eyes What are you guys thinking? That catering to a woman's presumed vanity will win you favor with her? Please, be real now… I mean, come on guys, this is an absolutely, incredibly gorgeous woman and clearly of superior intelligence and not just beauty. She is way too smart to not see through your obvious tactics of flattery. She deserves a man that will see her as the individual she is and not judge her for the ample abundance of pulchritude and comeliness she possesses and try to draw attention to those facts. It's shameful.

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