In China you will also look like a tourist, but be a smart traveler and try not to stand out as much as possible with your clothes. The link below is about a tourist in Mexico getting arrested for a drug dealer but thankfully she was released and the article covers several points not to stand out as a tourist. For example, white sneakers, fanny packs, baseball hats, and funky t-shirts clearly show you are tourist. I try to dress as much as a local as possible, for example, overseas I always dress in dark colors and dark shoes and black sneakers. The baseball hat is an automatic identifier that you are from the US, so I stopped bring them on my trips to China and Paris, France. Dress as you like; but if someone is going to scam you they will look for the easiest target. If you dress smart then they will think you are a smart traveler and target an easier target. For example, I hate this picture but will show you my inexperience as a traveler then as I started to dress smarter, there is more to the story with my clothes but let’s compare for now. I dressed in a dark Led Zeppelin shirt, silver chain, sport shorts, white socks, white sneakers, and backpack. With a little experience and having my wife dress me, a dark shirt fashionable, dark pants (jeans), dark sneakers, no necklace, no backpack but with a men’s bag which is popular in most countries other than the US. As you can see from the “before” and “After” photos my clothes have changed to blend in as much as possible.
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