Today was going great until I decided to go and get some fruit from the shop and got stopped by 2 middle-aged “business men” from Shanghai. I was speaking to them for a good hour whiles they were explaining the history of Beijing and how they were on a conference trip. After an hour or so had passed they asked if we could stay in contact because they said they could show me around Shanghai when I get there. I pulled out my phone and said he could type his E-Mail address into my phone. He suddenly got fairly aggressive and said that I was being disrespectful and that we should go and get some beer and dumplings and then could write down my E-mail address. I was a bit taken back and followed the number 1 rule, never follow strangers, period. I politely refused and both guys walked of in a tiff. If anything good came of it, its that I got a free history lesson. I hadn’t heard of this particular scam before and had to search far and wide on the internet to find a similar experience that someone had.
This was taken of a Beijing Scam website comment section:
Anyone coming to Beijing, just remember, don’t follow strangers!
Asia is something that really intrigues me with its delicious food and spectacular customs.