How it works:
- Version 1: many things can be faked, from a fake Apple store to a fake bank! Watch out for high value items such as luxury products or electronics, cultural products like antiques, jewelry like jade and local products like wild honey and traditional Chinese medicine.
- Version 2: at markets, you may find that many items do not have a price tag. If you enquire, an outrageous starting price is first given.
- Version 3: after paying, a vendor claims that the price quoted is per pound, not for the whole item and asks you to pay more. He will not allow a refund.
- Version 4: after paying, a vendor switches your product to another lower quality product or a defective product.
- Version 5: there are also defective products that break easily upon touch and you will have to pay a fee (e.g. terra cotta warriors)
Places to beware:
- Beijing: Pearl Market, Panjiayuan Antique Market
- Guilin: Fubo Hill
- Shanghai: Old Town (Nanshi), A.P. Plaza Yinyang Market
- Shenzhen: Shenzhen Window of the World
- Xiamen: Zhongshan Road Walking Street
- Xi’an: Muslim Quarter
- Zhangjiajie: Zhangjiajie National Forest Park, Tianmen Mountain National Forest Park
What to do:
- Before: avoid touching items that can break easily unless you want to buy. Clarify the price (currency, for the whole item).
- After: always check your item after receiving it, especially if they are sealed.