Reading more reviews for hotels in Beijing and there is a common theme of travelers being scammed by rickshaw drivers. In the scam the driver tells them it will be 3 or 30 RMB but at the destination it jumps to 300 RMB which is crazy, so be careful. Also, never give money before your service is provided, for example, never give money to a taxi, rickshaw, or any service until it is completed or you’re at your destination. It is disappointing to me for my love of China and all the wonderful people I have encountered but again I need to remind myself most tourist areas have scammers around the world. When we did our research for Paris last year, we read all about the pickpockets and scams at the major tourist sites. In Vegas where we live there are many scammers on the Vegas “Strip” and we were walking down on the Strip several months ago for work and a person tried to give me his CD and then wanted to sign it and to give him money, but I read about this scam in Europe and quickly realized I was getting scammed so I quickly gave the CD back (he actually put it in my hand before I knew what was happening). My trip to Moscow, Russia my business associate stated if I wanted to purchase someone let him know first and he would get the best price. Sure enough he took me to a tourist place to buy souvenirs and a vendor tried to scam me and my business friend jumped in and had an argument with the vendor and said he would tell the vendor the price we would pay. I told my wife about the scams in Beijing and she said they won’t scam us and the biggest scam for us is paying foreigner prices. My wife usually has me stay away from her until she negotiates a price for transportation or purchases or massages or whatever there is not a fix price, in most cases prices are negotiable in China. If we are together and I want to buy something usually the same product is available by several vendors and we part ways and she goes to work. Our advice to you in China is that all prices are negotiable and you should be paying about half the first price the vendor states to you. If it is not half the price just walk away and the vendor usually agrees because again the same items are available from different vendors. Just remember it is not the people in China trying to take advantage of you but it is the environment of being in a tourist area which happens all around the world.
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