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!

  1. Drugs: simply say NO!
    1. Either prison or death penalty.
  2. Don’t get people to lose their face. Especially locals.
    1. Simply don’t.
    2. You’ll regret it.
    3. Do it in private!
  3. “Black” Taxi drivers: if an illegal taxi driver says he has a cheap car, simply say NO!
    1. Illegal taxi drivers late at night or in tourist locations. Avoid also taxi drivers that turn off the meter.
  4. Tea scams: if someone approaches you to go and have a tea, simply say NO!
  5. Bar scams: if someone approaches you in a bar or on the street for a drink, simply say NO!
  6. Broken vase scams
    1. This is sad
  7. Fake products
    1. where do we even start?
  8. QR codes: don’t scan
  9. Don’t get angry. Simply don’t.
  10. Don’t try to teach locals your habits. Simply don’t.
  11. Don’t talk about religion / politics. Simply don’t.
    1. You’re a guest in China and locals don’t need another foreigner to bring their superior ideas. Simply don’t.
  12. Don’t play with chopsticks. Simply don’t.
  13. Don’t put chopsticks in the bowl of the rice. Simply don’t.
    1. This is done during the funerals.
  14. Don’t blindly cross the road if the light is green. Simply don’t.
    1. 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.