As I pointed out in the “Safety & Crime” section, they reason (correctly) that the harsh criminal penalties deter people from crime.
But there’s a considerable difference between committing an outright crime (like theft) and scamming tourists.
RULES OF THUMB: Pedicab drivers (three-wheeled rickshaws) — common in touristy areas of Beijing. I’m sure most are not crooks but I’ve heard too many stories of drivers who will agree on one price (e.g.
Y30), then later will claim that you misunderstood and will demand higher (e.g. Or they might try to claim that it’s Y30 per person, not a total price.
othing gets me more steamed than being taken for a sucker.