Never Trust a “Student” in Beijing
Seth Stellin, One of my friends from Australia, just came back from a Beijing trip. He just complained at the very start of our chatting by MSN. Here I post his story about being trapped, so as to make you stay away from this kind of dangers and remember the warnings in Beijing.
My first afternoon in Beijing, walking down the Wangfujing area, a girl, dressed in student suit, asked me if I wanted to go for a cup of coffee. She said she would head to London to further her education and degree after this Charismas Holiday, and hoping that we could exchange a bit in English and I could help her to know something about Westerner’s culture. Certainly, I had no excuse to refuse and I thought that maybe I could also learn something real Chinese stuff from her.
She brought me through a jewelry store to an upper floor and into a café. I asked for a table at the window, but they denied. She talked to the waiters in Chinese that I could not understand. Then I looked at the menu and saw it was incredibly expensive. I ordered just a small beer (because it was cheaper than coffee) for 100 RMB. They brought some fruits and 2 drinks for the girl within 5 minutes.
When I asked for the bill it was 1200 RMB! Suddenly the girl was telling me she didn’t know when she ordered, and of course she had no money and I had to pay. Three waiters surrounded me until I paid the bill. The most expensive beer I ever have been for.
This kind of thing always happens not just in Beijing, but in most of tourist cities of China, even the world. Remember that: “never trust this kind of new friend who talked into under the banner of ‘practicing their English or anything about education or art’” In order to make your trip safe and wonderful, I will continue this topic, and try my best to collect more stories and experiences about warnings and dangers in Beijing and China.