What should a traveler not do when visit China?
Tourism in China is a significant industry. The rate of tourism has greatly expanded over the last few decades since the beginning of reform and opening. The emergence of a newly rich middle class and an easing of restrictions on movement by the Chinese authorities are both fueling this travel boom. China has become one of the world’s most-watched and hottest inbound and outbound tourist markets. According to Xinhuanet, world is on the cusp of a sustained Chinese tourism boom.
A quick list of NO-NO activities in China!
- Drugs: simply say NO!
- Either prison or death penalty.
- Don’t get people to lose their face. Especially locals.
- Simply don’t.
- You’ll regret it.
- Do it in private!
- “Black” Taxi drivers: if an illegal taxi driver says he has a cheap car, simply say NO!
- Illegal taxi drivers late at night or in tourist locations. Avoid also taxi drivers that turn off the meter.
- Tea scams: if someone approaches you to go and have a tea, simply say NO!
- Bar scams: if someone approaches you in a bar or on the street for a drink, simply say NO!
- Broken vase scams
- This is sad
- Fake products
- where do we even start?
- QR codes: don’t scan
- Don’t get angry. Simply don’t.
- Don’t try to teach locals your habits. Simply don’t.
- Don’t talk about religion / politics. Simply don’t.
- You’re a guest in China and locals don’t need another foreigner to bring their superior ideas. Simply don’t.
- Don’t play with chopsticks. Simply don’t.
- Don’t put chopsticks in the bowl of the rice. Simply don’t.
- This is done during the funerals.
- Don’t blindly cross the road if the light is green. Simply don’t.
- Ebikes, bikes, rickshaws, etc will not care about you.
As a foreigner, you will have plenty of times with a target over your head. Just pay attention to the main ones and use your head.