David31998 From United States of America, joined Sep 2005, 79 posts, RR: 0 Posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 5 hours ago) and read 1500 times:
I have been flying regularly between the US and China for the past 12 years. Many times I have seen first time visitors cheated and I know others who were robbed. I would like to give some advice to those who are planning to arrive at the Beijing, Shanghai, or Guangzhou airports.
1. Pick-pockets and thieves are everywhere. Chain you money and other valuables to your underware and never leave you bags unattended, not even for one second. Thieves and robbers are common throughout China, not only at the airports. Everything that is no locked down will be stolen.
2. I never met a taxi or bus driver at these airports that speaks English. If you do not speak Chinese, be prepared and have a map or name of your hotel or destination.
3. Be sure the taxi uses a meter. You should pay according to the meter and must also pay highways tolls. The Beijing and Shanghi airports are far from the city center. Expect to pay about 80-120rmb, depending on your location. ($1 = 8rmb). Guangzhou is nearer the city center and so the taxi fare will be much less.
4. If you are a westerner, you will be approached by English speakers asking if you need a taxi. Do not respond to these requests. They will charge you 2-3x the regular taxi fare. Instead, go to the taxi line.
5. Do not pay face value for telephone cards. You should pay 60rmb for a 100rmb card.
I would like to hear from others about their experiences.
Reyes27 From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 1, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 6 days 4 hours ago) and read 1465 times:
Quoting David31998 (Thread starter): 4. If you are a westerner, you will be approached by English speakers asking if you need a taxi. Do not respond to these requests. They will charge you 2-3x the regular taxi fare. Instead, go to the taxi line.
If you know what you are doing, this can be a cheaper alternative
N754PR From , joined Dec 1969, posts, RR:
Reply 2, posted (8 years 5 months 1 week 5 days 21 hours ago) and read 1380 times:
Sounds like when I arrived in Phoenix...... taken for a ride by a taxi driver from Somalia that from knowing the hotel then says he does not know and drove me around for an hour...... by the way are their any taxi drivers in America that speak English that a real English speaker like myself would understand?
BY the way... whats this topic doing in the Civial aviation forum?