What are the scams I need to watch out for when in Beijing?

When walking in Wangfujing, and other shopping areas popular with foreigners, you may be approached by a local “student” who starts chatting with you. They will often speak very good English and even help you shop or show you around “just to practice English.” After a while comes the suggestion of a lovely teahouse nearby to rest a bit. You’ll be served nice tea in a pleasant atmosphere and no one will mention the price until the bill comes. When it does arrive the amount will be ridiculous. Or they may bring you to an art gallery featuring works by their “art professor” or “fellow students” where you will be hit with a really hard-sell. Never eat, drink or buy anything without knowing the price first.

Taxi scam. Jumping into a taxi from the airport, your driver may try to tell you that your hotel is pretty far and that the price will be high This kindly gent will offer to turn off his meter for an agreed upon “flat rate,” but you’ll probably wind up agreeing to more than twice the metered fare. Stay with the meter and keep the receipt ( automatically generated) in case you feel you have been taken advantage of.