Frenchman Cheated by Beijing Taxi: 153km, 39 minutes, 491 RMB

A foreign passenger in a green and yellow Beijing taxi.

Photo not of those involved.

From NetEase:

Frenchman says he was cheated by a Beijing taxi: 153 kilometers in 39 minutes

Yesterday morning, Weibo user “薇勥憇” uploaded a picture of a receipt from a Beijing taxi, and said, “A Frenchman on business in Beijing from Hong Kong was cheated by a taxi driver who picked him up at the T3 Terminal. A 30 kilometer trip was charged as 153 kilometers for 451 yuan.” This Weibo post was forwarded over 5500 times within 8 hours, and aroused the anger of many users.

This Nanfang Daily reporter noticed, this cab’s receipt time was from “21:22-22:01”, with 1 minute and 51 seconds of waiting time, which implies the cab traveled 153.8 kilometers in 39 minutes.

Beijing taxi receipt showing over 153km travelled within 39 minutes for a total fare of 491 RMB. The passenger was reportedly a Frenchman from Hong Kong in Beijing for business.

Yang Yu of CCTV commented on this microblog post saying, “When calculated, the speed reached as high as 230kph. If you had him go patrol the Diaoyu Islands at this speed, he could make the Japanese heads spin; If you had him go drive a taxi in America at this speed, he could collect all of that QE3 [Quantitative Easing 3] newly printed American money back.”

Netizen “前进_” said: “To drive 153 kilometers in half an hour, this man would have an average speed of 249 kph, which is only 9 kilometers less than the national record of 258 kph, and 30 kilometers faster than the speed required for an airplane to take off at 220 kph. Does he really want to fly?”

Shortly afterwards, this reporter called the number on the receipt and found that the number did not exist. The reporter called the Beijing Municipal Traffic Commission to inquire about the situation and learned that the receipt was receipt’s invoice number and password were real. It was from the Jinshishun Taxi Company.

The microblog post that “薇勥憇” posted afterward said Jinshishun Taxi Company refused to help find the taxi driver involved, and even claimed that their company’s receipts are often stolen.

According to the recollection of the person originally involved, while he was at the Beijing Airport’s T3 terminal waiting for a taxi, the dispatcher used English to ask him if he knew how much money the taxi fare should be. He said, “I don’t know, about 100?” The dispatcher said, “At least 300 to 500,” and then brought him to a specific taxi, and “whispered in the driver’s ear for a long time.”

Comments on NetEase:

L奔看俯卧撑 [网易四川省成都市网友]:

The dispatcher said, “At least 300 to 500,” and then brought him to a specific taxi, and “whispered in the driver’s ear for a long time.” From top to bottom, everyone is scum.

zxz8515685 [网易上海市网友]:

Beijing taxi drivers can only be locals, so don’t go blaming this on waidiren this time.

网易四川省成都市网友:

This is one of the highlights of the 62% Revival of the Chinese Nation.

[Note: The “Revival of the Chinese Nation” or “Common Mission for the Revival of the Chinese Nation” figure refers to an index created by Yang Yiyong, director of the Institute of Social Development Research at the Academy of Macroeconomic Research under China’s National Development and Reform Commission. It attempts to quantify China’s progress towards becoming a first-world nation through statistical data such as China’s Gross National Income. In 2007, the figure was at 46%. Recently, it amused Chinese netizens when the figure was cited as 62%.]

singleman12 [网易重庆市网友]:

The driver clearly believed he was taking revenge for his grandfather against the Eight-Nation Alliance.

还没ID [网易北京市海淀区网友]:

A nation without integrity, from the year it began and the first 1% of the Revival [see above], fraud has been present from top to bottom [throughout society].

黑木耳收割机 [网易广东省广州市白云区网友]:

Not all Beijing people are bad; there are also some good ones.

wzopts [网易浙江省温州市网友]: (responding to above)

Beijing taxi drivers are the blackest [dishonest, greedy, corrupt] I have seen in all of China. When they screw you over, they don’t even blink, completely believing this is what the customer/passenger deserves it. I have lived in Beijing for 7 years.

草拟麻辣隔壁 [网易湖北省武汉市网友]: (responding to zxz8515685)

Indeed, Beijing’s local pure eunuchs [referring to genuine Beijingers/locals] are either taxi drivers or wait staff, those who are actually successful in life are all waidiren!

网易河北省邢台市网友:

The quality of our country’s citizens is generally low. In the future, please don’t speak of how China is a country of etiquette or a country of humbleness. Do we feel we’ve lost face [feel ashamed] yet? [And some people] still think it’s the flourishing age of the Tang Dynasty! On this, little Japan is better than China in every way.

conald0 [网易重庆市网友]:

With Beijing people being the way they are, this is no longer surprising.

网易江苏省常州市网友:

Beijing planes fly that slow!?

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  • StupidAmerican

    Stupid fucking sofa

    • Canadian_Skies

      Learn to count to 10 in Chinese, and before handing a 100 note to a driver, read the last few digits of the serial number of the bill. This prevents them from doing the old switcheroo with a fake bill and telling you that your note is fake. :) Worked for me. This doesnt solve the guy in the article’s problem, but it does solve one I’m sure everyone is aware of.

      • Paul

        smart!

      • I have lived in Beijing for four years, taken countless taxis, and no driver has ever told me my note was fake (then again I don’t often reach a 100 yuan fare, but I have done occasionally).

  • side

    Just goes to prove things are the same the whole world over. I can give you any number of stories about London taxi drivers ripping off foreigners they picked up at Heathrow – mainly from an old mate of mine. We used to laugh about this but clearly it’s not good!

    • Germandude

      I agree. In Cologne I had to brawl with a Turkish taxi driver that first wanted to charge me EUR 19.80 for a 5.2 km drive. When I wanted my 20 cents change back, he suddenly didn’t speak German anymore.

      In San Francisco, a taxi driver wanted to charge me about 30 dollars for a ride that I took twice a week and knew to cost 20 bucks.

      In Australia, I had to convince a driver that a ride from Cairns airport to city center shouldn’t cost 70 AUD.

      In Shanghai I got cheated twice while I was pretty drunk. For like 10-15 RMB that I couldn’t care less about. Only time I was angry when one tried to charge me 230 RMB from PuDong airport to People’s Square. Took a pic of his number and said I will complain, suddenly he was happy with RMB 100…

      All in all, the taxi drivers in Shanghai are pretty alright. Scumbag taxi drivers can be found everywhere in the world…

    • Eddie Spaghetti

      Black cabbies are almost universally honest, the rip-off is just because Heathrow is miles from central London and the per mile rate for a London taxi is ludicrous, but that’s London in general.

      Anyway, I had exactly the same thing in Shanghai. Clock ticked over fine for the first 5 miles or so, I saw him reach under the dash, presumably to flick a switch of some sort, then the price rocketed. I’d made the same journey at least ten times (airport) and every time previously the price had been within 25-30RMB of the mean. This one was 200RMB over. Got someone to call the taxi company and argue, denied all knowledge of the driver and hung up. Standard practice.

      • rollin wit 9’s

        give him your normal fair, tell him to fck off and you walk the fck away. they will accept it in the end. They have no choice. Ive done it before.

        But i have also done some heinous sh!t because ive been cheated by taxis. And every time i dont get proper attention regarding my matter with taxis well, guess im gonna get another free ride to somewhere at some other taxi drivers expense, should he be an honest guy or not. Not my problem.

    • MassiveBender

      London black cabs are such a rip off that they are not a viable mode of transport. London’s whole infrastructure is worse than somewhere like Beijing’s for that reason, it’s a city with a Cinderella style curfew that grinds to a halt at midnight.

      • Duke

        Put money into any situation and you make thieves and liars out of anyone. There is nothing in the world people won’t do for money. What the average man is willing to do, pales in comparison to what the average government or corporation will do for more money. Articles like this keep us “sweating the small stuff” and allowing the really big crimes in the world go unpunished.

  • Jennster

    in shanghai, a trip from minhang district to pudong district/fengxian district via taxi (80 min) is approximately 180 yuan lol

  • Mop

    Did he pay it? Hopefully not…

  • Tom Swift

    I have taken many a taxi in Shanghai and have never once been ripped off. I have passed out in a taxi and had the driver wake me up at my destination, with nothing extra added. I have had cab drivers lost and turn off the meter until they got back on track.

    I have also been in Shenzhen and the cab drivers would not even pick me up, saying that they didn’t need to turn on the meter but they would give me a good deal. I finally had to go to a high-end hotel and get them to call me a taxi. People have told me that Beijing taxi drivers are very corrupt as well. Is Shanghai the only place in China with honest taxi drivers?

    • Germandude

      No, but certainly Shanghai’s taxi drivers are amongst the most honest ones. I also often experienced drivers turning off the meter for driving the wrong way, or if they didn’t exactly know where/how to go. Those are the ones I will always give tips to.

      • Jennster

        shanghai cab drivers are all natives usually from chongming district/island :)

        • Wu

          I will back the Shanghai Drivers as well. However I am repeatedly warned not to take the “Red Cabs”. It helps that the Red Cabs tend to avoid the train station and airport taxi stands…

          • Jennster

            There is a terminal exit outside Pudong airport with long distance buses taking you to Hongqiao airport, and maybe some other places. Since I live in Minhang District, it takes only 6 yuan to get to my place :)

          • Jennster

            actually around 16 (including the 10 yuan taxi from Changning to minhang), compared to the 180-190 via taxi alone. :)

    • Snarl

      Shanghai is the only city where I have been ripped off by a taxi driver, to the tune of 300 RMB for an inner-city trip that took 30 minutes (no airports or train stations involved). I didn’t have the same problem as you in Shenzhen. The best deals I’ve had with taxi drivers have been makeshift taxis (mamu), where you negotiate the price before getting on.

    • Teacher in China

      I’m surprised to hear that. Each of the two times I’ve been in Shanghai I’ve been ripped off by a cab driver, and so have several visitors to the city that I have talked to. Yet in Beijing, where I lived for 7 years, I had practically 0 problems.

      In Beijing, you want to stay away from taking a cab from Wangfujing Street, the Summer Palace; and from the airport, just get in the taxi queue and take a regular taxi and you’ll be fine.

  • moop

    yeah, the taxis in beijing are real shitty, especially if you’re with others. i never really got cheated by taxi drivers that much, but as soon as my sister came to visit me they tried to cheat us twice in one week. i guess if you’re alone they figure you might not be a retard and can navigate beijing, more than one makes you look like you’re tourists. airports are worse, unless you speak chinese to them they are going to assume you are a tourist and try some shit

    • donscarletti

      I had spent two and a half years in Beijing, didn’t get a dodgy driver once.

      Then my uncle and cousin came over from Canada. Even though I was in the front seat, the cabbies were ripping us off front and centre. Taking us the long way round, asking for far more than is on the meter, you name it.

      I realised that it is because while I look like an expat and speak Chinese with something approximating a local Beijing accent, my cousin was just so loud and touristy and had such a big camera, that it kind of made us all into tourists.

      Point is, if you go anywhere, look like you belong.

      • rollin wit 9’s

        Words to live by Scarletti.
        Ever had to Jason Bourne your way out of a situation?? ^^,

      • jeffli

        White skinned gold haired round eyed barbarian….. “look like you belong”…haha! ahem… I’ll try.

        • Jennster

          That’s what you look like? LMAO

          dye it brown next time

    • Cooljackal

      The only time I have issues with cabbies here is if it rains, then they all want to negotiate and not use the meter (bastards), or if you’re going to a small town and the taxis want to negotiate. In the small town case, I try to get info about taxi prices from any students that I know from the area so at least I know what I should be paying.

  • Snicker

    Damn, this guy’s lucky! I can’t even get a taxi driver to stop long enough for him to say “Qu Naer a?”

  • pj

    we see this and many more in beijing, i hope they could change for better and especially on the patronising act of black race.but i have met good chinese citizen but the bads one are more than the good ones.

  • DaWei

    Next time don’t pay but just call the police. Thats what I did on my very first cab ride on my very first trip to China. The driver wanted me to pay 300 RMB for a simple airport to hotel trip. Maybe he thought I wanted a tour through every part of Shanghai. Well, as soon as I started calling the cops he jumped into his car and drove away, so I got this trip for absolutely nothing and still arrived at the hotel.

  • well, at least we don’t have turist cheaters here in Japan ^_^V

    • Cooljackal

      Sorry, just had to say, awesome avatar. Wish I could uppercut some people here.

      • rollin wit 9’s

        and then finish them right?

        • Cooljackal

          Nope, just a continuous stream of “get over here” and “uppercut”.

    • blackflagnation

      That’s because the legit fairs are such a rip-off to begin with in Japan.

      • Northerner

        That’s because the combined JR and privately owned urban rail system is so extensive and well run that taxis are pretty well down most people’s list of transport preferences.

        Dick

      • Midnight Owl

        paying unrealistically low FARES (not fairs) in China makes Taxi drivers want to rip you off even more so. The lack of regulations and enforcement enable them to get away with it.

    • I don’t know what you’re talking about. I spoke business level Japanese when I lived in Tokyo and I’d have all sorts of cabbies try to take me the long way, or they’d try to go on main streets that were packed to the gills with cars durning rush hour instead of taking the side streets I’d tell them to.

  • MrT

    I always fire up my android maps when in a taxi and start pointing at it when they go of on a jolly route to boost the fair, they soon get back on track.
    Always make sure they reset the meter, some keep it running from the last fair they dropped off.
    tricky little twt they are.

    • moop

      i always look at their identification sheet on the dash board and read their name aloud like i am just trying to study it, and then they’ll say something about my chinese being good or something, but the real purpose is just to let them know that i know your name and if you fuck me over i’ll be giving you and your company a lot of shit

      • I always pull out my .357 and lay it on my lap so they know that if they mess up in the slightest bit, I’ll put a round through their side. I’m amazed I haven’t been arrested yet, but hey it works for now.

        • Snicker

          +1!

        • Quinon

          +2

  • All metered Chinese taxis have a “foreigner button” which makes the machine tick twice as fast. If you ever see the driver press *any* other button on the meter after pressing “on”, you’ll be in for a surprise once you reach your destination.

    • Chris

      Yes I had that button pushed. The driver said the hotel 3 star charges him to pick up there. Added 100 rmb to the charge 5 embattled a time. I watched him do it. I got out said a few curse words about his mother and he followed me as I walked the last 6 km home. Just before I arrived the cops came. I changed tone and said the driver hit me with his car and wouldn’t stop. Thank you for coming. He hit my leg, and I wanted 5000 rmb for my troubles.

      He soon left. I adapt. I am self aware. Chinese cheating me is a sport now.

  • CND Icehole

    The french are nothing but a bunch of cowardly dicklickers. He should go back to his country to eat snails, surrender to germans, and fight against showers. Every city on this planet has taxi drivers that try to rip-off noobs the city. He actually took photos and complained rather then kicking ass? Cheese eating surrender monkey. Fuck the french and their pussified culture.

    • Jennster

      and ugly as well

      • RuffledFeathers

        I’m not even gonna start with you.

      • RuffledFeathers

        Don’t even start with that shit.

      • Chris

        Jennster you are so ugly.

    • Germandude

      Moronic achievement unlocked

      Well congrats to you

      Fucktard

    • RuffledFeathers

      Dude what happened? Did a Frenchman fuck your mother?

      • CND Icehole

        No. My Mother is not a man.

        • RuffledFeathers

          Ok whatever, I guess that was an attempt to be funny by implying all French are gay. So what’s with the hate?

          • CND Icehole

            All french are gay. No hate.

        • Haha hilarious
          But yeah, the French-French are ok. It’s the French-Canadians you’re thinking of.

          • Rick in China

            If he hadn’t written his name as CDN I’d guess he’s Canadian. When the Quebecois held their referendum years ago to separate they only had like 1/2 the votes to leave – the ones that mattered, they held a “just for fun” poll with the rest of the country – and it was like 90% who said “Yeah, they should separate”…

            Personally I have nothing against French – or Quebecois for that reason, but it’s kind of in Canadian non-quebecois culture to make fun of them whenever we get the chance. Don’t be so hard on the guy.

    • quenelle

      You obviously know nothing about history, nor ever went outside your country’s borders?(city?)… French and Europeans went on more violent wars on these past 2000 years than any other country, and certainly not the 250y old US which mainly dropped bombs at a 20.000ft high. I’m not sure you’d dare to say what you wrote in some areas in France, wake up man reality is way different that these old stereotypes and I can guarantee you would be scared..like in a lot of different places in Europe
      But I agree somehow as I can’t stand a lot of them, anyway this is the same story everywhere you go, you’ll always find great people to hang out with, just forget the rest.

  • Funguy

    I have had taxi drivers in Harbin, Tianjin, and Shanghai try to rip me off (quite successfully on one occasion, regretfully) but in Beijing I’ve never had such a blatantly negative experience. In a particularly illustrative and touching event several years back, a Beijing taxi driver came back after driving off about 200m near Wangfujing when he found my friend’s very full wallet in the back seat (which was returned untouched). Cheats can be found anywhere but it’s important not to let them jade you so much as to ignore the upstanding and good people out there who share an occupation but maybe nothing else with the cheats.

    • Xiao Han

      This happens everywhere and I agree it’s important not to let bad experiences jade you. I’ve had a taxi driver in Shanghai return to the store he dropped me off at in order to return a brand new iPhone. I had left the store, but they had my number and called me back. He would only give the phone to me in person and refused to accept any reward.

  • Zhongguoren

    The taxi drive must be a foreigner. Becuase Chinese could not do this. Only foreigners are bad people. If the Foriegn Taxi driver acts like this, he should go back to his own country to be a scum bag and not here in China where we are all pure like white snow.

    • Brett Hunan

      That was the lamest thing Ive read here in a while. Congrats!

      • red scarf

        No, he is correct, many the time I have held a gun to a Beijing taxi driver’s head and told him to overcharge me or I’ll shoot him dead.

        • red scarf

          Its all us foreigners fault

      • RuffledFeathers

        Forgive him, he’s only saying what he’s been taught to say.

        • Brett Hunan

          I dont think he is Chinese. I think he was trying to make a joke. Problem is he sucks at making jokes.

    • This made my day

    • david

      pure like snow?

      you mean cocaine right? hahah

      • Snicker

        And we all know about the cocaine in this country!

  • tai wai

    From top to bottom, everyone is scum.

    A nation without integrity

    The quality of our country’s citizens is generally low.

    Hey, how come these guys can paint with such a broad brush, but when a laowai does, he’s a racist “China-bashing” jerk?

    I urge all of these Chinese commenters to go back where they came from if they don’t like China!

    • BigJ

      Well, when a black guy calls another black guy a nigger, it’s not so bad. Now when a white guys calls a black guy a nigger…..look the fuck out. :)

    • Beijinger in Beijing

      Same reason why black people can say the n word.

      • Dr Dust Cell

        beijingers can also say the n word.

        • the ace of books

          那个?

          • Taoran

            Great one! If you had made it 哪个 then it would have been perfect :-D

          • donscarletti

            Taoran:

            哪个 is pronounced nah-ge, it means “which?”.
            那个 is pronounced nayga, it means “that”, but is also repeated by Chinese, especially those in Beijing when they’re trying to remember what they’re saying.

            The joke is that 那个 (nayga) sounds a little like “nigger”.

          • Brett Hunan

            I think Taoran was commenting that, because ace had used a question mark, he should have written ” 哪个” for it to be correct (I think he meant “gramatically perfect”).

            However don, you and ace are right, “那个” (neiga) is the one commonly used in jokes.

          • tai wai

            那个?

            Please.

      • tai wai

        Nationality isn’t race.

        Further, your premise is also incorrect, as my black friends didn’t care if I said the n-word around them. We were friends, I was accepted.

        Good luck getting acceptance from these Chinese. Real acceptance, I mean. “You’re one of us” type acceptance. Acceptance is hard to come by.

        Eh. I’m too hungover.

    • pj

      hi mr jackie chan stop beingf shallow call all your uncles in american back home.or dont know eevn as poor as some countries are you will still find a chinese ass there

    • elizabeth

      “I urge all of these Chinese commenters to go back where they came from if they don’t like China!”

      Lol!

    • Jennster

      in beijing they cheat everyone (chinese and foreigners). in shanghai only foreigners get cheated if that ever happens, because shanghainese are very scheming and smart. :D

      • Germandude

        Jennster, I assume you are competing with Nanny Hiccups for the trophy of the most stupid, right?

        If not, that would also just be sad…

        • Jennster

          This is the ranking in who cheats who: waidiren –> shanghainese –> native –> foreigners :D

        • BigJ

          She’s already won that dude…she took it from eattot. :) I do like eattot’s comments…so fucking funny.:)

          The best thing eattot ever said was about gay people. I forget what story it was but she said ” My friend is for sure not gay, he travels,rides a bike and jogs.” I had to laugh when I read that. :)

          • Jennster

            eattot is hilarious. isn’t she the “fuck white”, “fuck your mother” chick :D

          • Cynic

            I remember that chain. It was hilarious. I think she said the guy was asexual as well.

            I miss the battles between nanny and others. Hope she resumes her posting soon.

        • Getrealson

          If you had a dog that dumb you would shoot it! If I was Chinese I would not let her call herself Chinese because she makes them look stupid. Eattot was more interesting than this!

          • Jennster

            hey arstralian

            how’s the dip in export going? have a guess? we did it on purpose or not? :D

          • mr. wiener

            Hmmm…”Hey Australian, our economy is slowing down and the jobs are going elsewhere as manufacturing folds. Sucks to be you , you primary producer…ha! ha!”
            Can anyone else see the holes in this argument.

          • Jennster

            You think a 1-1.5% drop from us can give you such detrimental effect? :D

          • Getrealson

            Do I need to state my case further how dumb this monkey is?

          • elizabeth

            China’s answer to the migration of foreign manufacturing expertise:

            “A third CPPCC member Xu Xingchu said in developing the manufacturing sector, China should embrace technical innovations, encourage major enterprises to set up their own research and development centers, and promote cooperation between research and industry departments.

            With policy and financial support from the government, China may build itself into a world-class manufacturing center in 10 to 15 years, he said.”

          • Cooljackal

            What do you think will happen once China manages to piss off every country it’s doing business or interacting with?

            China won’t get any new internet companies investing unless they want to access the local market. They will go to other countries with faster international internet with a more stable business environment and less restrictions. No company in their right mind would locate anything other than maybe a call center here (even then it’s not worth it).

            Manufacturing with automation is getting close to the price of cheap labor and operating in China. If I were a producer, I would seriously consider the entire range of costs associated with producing a product in my home country versus China. All the hidden costs are becoming a problem, and add to that the ridiculously inconsistent application of laws and regulations here.

            Doesn’t matter how much money the Chinese government invests. The core issues surrounding manufacturing problems in China are not going away, they are getting worse. If foreign companies started to move away, it would be really bad for China right now. Japan used to have shitty products earlier in the century but their mentality was one of improvement, so that’s why they went to the top. The Chinese mentality is one of increasing profit at the cost of quality, which results in declining product quality every cycle (batch, revision, etc).

            I’d like to be hopeful about it, but the reality is that China is shooting itself in the foot with all this crap and money isn’t going to solve it.

      • Vault Dweller

        And profligates.

    • Vault Dweller

      Whoa you’re Aussie too, getrealson?

      /brofist

      • Getrealson

        Yeah mate,

        I am fortunately. Heading home soon. Can’t wait to see the back of this place. I miss spear fishing, hunting and it was 31 degrees today in Sydney. Be home in time for xmas and new years.

        • Hunting is one thing I really missed while over in China. I think it was mostly just missing having a wilderness that I could relax in. Early doe season here in a couple of weeks. So excite.

  • BigJ

    Wow, Chinese cheat foreigners. I would never have thought that…. :)

  • Hermie

    it´s the same everywhere in the world, there are good ones and bad ones!!

    • pj

      try china the difference is clear

  • MassiveBender

    The worst place is Sanya, not just for taxis (although especially for taxis) but also just in general.

  • BigJ

    I take taxis in China quite a bit and I don’t think i’ve ever been ripped off. I think taxi drivers here a pretty good but that’s just from my experience. Hong Kong taxi are better then the mainland. And some speak english in Hong Kong, where as in china I have yet to meet one that spoke english.

    Every time I take a taxi in china I have the address on paper in chinese. So there is never any mistake. This guy just may have “sucker” written all over his face. I don’t take shit from anyone, especially some chinese guy who i’m 2 foot taller then.

  • BigJ

    “This is one of the highlights of the 62% Revival of the Chinese Nation.”

    Wait a minute.. hahahahah..So China has it down to a percentage when they will become a first world nation??? hahahaahah

    China has a 94.7% change of fucking it’s country and it’s people before it will ever reach a first world nation. :)

  • Briggs

    worst taxi’s I ever had in China is while I’m in Beijing. Drivers who are choosing passengers, or drivers who are going to drive you around to keep the meter going or drivers who will drop you off anywhere once they asked a waiting passenger and found out that their destination is more far than yours. But of course not all of them are like that.

  • elizabeth

    Beijing is very inconvenient for arriving/departing travelers. It’s difficult to flag down a taxi and the drivers are not as friendly as in, say, Shanghai or Suzhou. One driver in Beijing got grumpy when stuck in a jam and I had to alight quite a distance from my destination and walk under the scorching hot sun because he apparently didn’t know where the place was exactly. Subway rides usually involve a maze of interchanges and there are very few escalators or lifts so those with luggage bags have to lug them up and down the stairs in and out of the subway and when changing lines.

    Shanghai’s subway is very efficient and comparatively cleaner and more comfortable. It’s easy to shuttle between the airport and the city without changing trains, at a fraction of the price of a taxi ride unless you are in a hurry. It’s easy to get a taxi and drivers are polite, fair and honest. One driver who got lost offered me a discount. They are also more willing go to all the way to remote parts of the city. In Suzhou too, one lady taxi driver made it a point to turn back and pick me up along a busy highway when she figured I was probably lost although she was about to end her shift.

    However, the ‘hei che’ in Shanghai charges almost double compared to a legitimate one and it’s better to bargain and agree on the fare before hopping into one.

    • Jennster

      My ancestors are from suzhou :D

      • elizabeth

        That lady driver gave me a very good impression of Suzhou residents :D

      • moop

        林昭?

        • CND Icehole

          “Lin” people are good people. ( for the non-chinese readers it means ‘forest’) I have never met a swindler with that family name. Out of the 100 Chinese clans, they are tops :)

      • donscarletti

        Suzhou is famous.
        上有天堂下有苏杭 Above is heaven, below is Suzhou/Hangzhou
        生在苏州, 活在杭州, 吃在广州, 死在柳州 Be born in Suzhou, live in Hangzhou, eat in Guangzhou, die in Liuzhou.

        Oh wait, that’s your ancestors, you seem to be an Australian with identity issues.

        • Jennster

          I’m Shanghainese, not ARSTRALIAN darl :)

          • donscarletti

            Nope, I know enough Shanghainese to realise their sense of superiority.

            What you have is an inferiority complex, suggesting you were born somewhere you don’t feel like you belong. Since Australia is a country of 23 million people in a very isolated place, I have no idea why you could be so interested if you were not born there, or moved there at a young age.

          • Jennster

            How about i swear @ you in my own dialect, will you be convinced :D

          • donscarletti

            Shanghainese have nothing compared to 京骂, but here goes my attempt.

            册那,侬就是个澳洲人!

          • jeffli

            Oh Australia is very very bad.
            don’t go there.
            poisonous snakes and spiders.
            Its dirty,
            people are loud and uncouth
            they cheat you when buy some thing there
            Its messy
            polluted
            stinky
            food is bad
            vegetables and fruit have no taste
            beer is watered down nun’s wee wee
            koalas don’t exist
            kangaroos bite and eat you, invade your back yard and shit on your laundry.
            no social system
            brrrrrrrr, its hell! stay away from Australia.
            Australians are very bad people, they travel in large groups littering overseas. screaming and screeching, rudely stare at others, stare at the less fortunate until they feel uncomfortable,
            They don’t look after their families.
            the australian public don’t respect their elders – try to cheat them too!
            they can not drive safely
            myopic race!
            like westerners all they eat is pizza chocolate bread and ice cream thats it and all the australian food is smelly.

            no no ….. LanZhou and Shanghai (when the Anhui pollution arrives) Is the heaven no-one dare mentions!
            People are sooo polite and soft spoken to each other
            clean
            orderly traffic
            honest as a days hard work
            great food! full of vitamin E.Coli, Melamine, over abundance of nitrites, nitrates,and ammonia, cadaverine,putrescine and other assorted diamines.

            model example for the world to follow
            Why would one want to emigrate?
            Oh America? ok lah US dolar!
            Australia Ptooi Hmmf! nong min!
            theres even more laowai,yang gui, da bi zi, and da huzi and hei gui zi, pang zi, shao shu min zu fanren.
            and Australians are racist
            beaches are very dirty and full of danger.
            stay away dear friends!

      • Getrealson

        At what stage did they learn to walk upright?

  • Brett Hunan

    Same stuff happens here in Seoul. Luckily I have GPS on my phone, should I not know the route.

    Just pretend like you know where you should be going and the fare should be close. Ask someone how long it should take or a main road along the way and ask the driver to stick to it. Weren’t you all talking about common sense and IQ this morning?

  • Kukuku

    lol

    • MrT

      on the floor..

  • Jay K.

    hey i got ripped off by a black taxi of T2, had no clue whatsoever when i came tot his country not knowing a single thing about it. 400rmb to go from the airport to wudaokou. at that time T2 had no real designated area for taxi stands.

    pisses me off.

    i wouldnt say beijing taxi drivers are bad, definitely black taxis are. i will say beijing taxi drivers are seriously some of the laziest people in the profession. as a person who has gone on frequent biz trips around china. i have to say taxi in shenzhen are by far the best in service or quality of work. hong kong was also good but just that im counting the high expense on HK taxis. dalian was okay, old cars though. tianjin ok, shenyang ok. beijing seriously lazy taxi driver’s.

    • donscarletti

      In Shenzhen the meter starts at 16 yuan, you’d expect professionalism for that.

      • Jay K.

        I’ve never heard of 16 rmb starting fee for taxi’s in shenzhen and I was just there 1 month ago. you taking the green ones or the purple/gray ones? and mind you the green ones are even cheaper because they aren’t allowed to enter the “sez” area of shenzhen

  • Sharillon

    We had some pretty stupid Taxi-drivers in Beijing.

    One wanted to have 100 RMB from Houhai to Xizhimen. It is not even long. Maybe a 20-30 minutes walk. Normally would be 20 RMB.

    Then one time the driver was lost and wanted us to charge for it, because he did not know the way.

    And then when we drove to the University of my gf, somehow at the last 300m there were like 15 yuan added. I am still not sure if the taxi driver ripped us off, or if these were normal at the end. I was just really wondering why it jumped from about 40 yuan to 55 just in about 300m…

  • Cleo

    Is this because there are many newcomers from Harbin now? Even if Beijing is spread out, there is no excuse for this.

    In Hong Kong, a taxi driver in his own zone can even spot a bootleg taxi using false tags – they know each other. HK profit is carefully divided up amongst the different areas and then vigilantly protected. The Mainlanders did try to run bootleg taxis for all of five minutes before getting caught by the real cabbies.

    It’s not like Paris where the Germans refuse to let the real French profit from the fact that the Germans refuse to stay away:

    http://www.ruerude.com/2007/01/the_german_taxi.html?cid=97388526

    • Sharillon

      “You can’t make a living any more. I’m going to work for eleven hours today, and I’ll be lucky if I make fifty euros.”

      What? I used a normal Taxi in Paris and beside all the other shit prices you need to pay, because they “hide” supermarkets from tourists, the taxi-prices were outrageous. I already think german taxi-prices are high, but the prices I needed to pay in Paris where even higher.
      All besides paying for a crepes for 4,50€, some 0.5l coke for 3€ and all other things.

  • RuffledFeathers

    I find female taxi drivers are often nicer and more trustworthy.

  • k

    In other news, taxis everywhere in every country frequently try to rip tourists off………I have had taxis try this on me all the time, which is why I watch how fast the meter is going and more then a couple.of times I have had 2 min cab rides after seeing what they were doing and then telling them to stop and let me out..i will say korean cabs are pretty honest but then again I never rode in one.without my husband who speaks korean and is korean, which gave me protection from being.ripped off by locals in general.

    • CND Icehole

      Good thing you don’t ride taxies by yourself, as I understand it there are alot of rape issues with cab drivers, and you look pretty rape-worthy. Stick to riding with your husband. He’s a lucky man.

      • Cynic

        That’s a fucked up comment bro. Women are paranoid about that shit. Fucked up and cruel.

        • the ace of books

          顶 this. Any use of “rape-worthy” in a sentence will indeed make you look like a total skeeze, even if you, ah, what’s the usual phrase, “didn’t mean it that way”.

          • Getrealson

            Don’t say “rape”! say “surprise sex”

          • Yesway

            That’s what a big bro might call it with you some day, Getrealson.

          • Getrealson

            still butthurt over a previous post? snappy comeback. anything else to add?

          • Yesway

            Since you ask, I was going to make a comment about ‘surprise cucumbers’, but you don’t seem to be in the mood.

            Unfortunately for rape victims, those who joke about rape don’t care much about their mood or traumatic experiences. If my comment annoyed you (as it seemed to), perhaps you should not repeat such jokes yourself.

            As for previous comments, I can’t remember we’ve ever crossed paths before, can you?

          • mr. wiener

            Not sure if this is the time our place , but apparently 9 out of 10 people quite enjoy gang rape…….

            I am so going to go to hell for that one..

          • mr. wiener

            “time or place” sorry typo.
            And I think I’ll regret typing that one tomorrow.

          • Yesway

            So there’s a 90% chance you woud enjoy it, mr wiener.

            Interesting statistics by the way. A for creativity.

          • Yesway

            *Would. Sorry for the typo too.

      • k

        ………….”rape worthy”………wow………actually in my 25 yrs of life, I have had 3 strangers (1 woman, 2 men) try to kidnap me and in korea I did have a man try to rape me while I was walking home……not even getting into.how many times Ive been sexually groped by random men especially in korea…..actually those are the reasons i rarely go places without my husband and dress conservatively when I am alone and.honestly if I were muslim, Id love to.wear a head to.toe burka, I hate how much men stare and hit on me, its incredibly uncomfortable…..just the other day at Cheosok dinner one of the Korean husbands of this Korean woman that was there kept sitting next to me every chance he got and trying to “accidently” touch me whenever he could….with his wife and my husband there….so sleezy….. heck Ive even been sexually harrassed by lesbien and bi sexual women quite a few times as well too….i had a fellow waitress when i.was in.college who.would.slap my butt, grab my hips, touch me whenever she passed while at work….it was a problem….men dont understand what it is like, most men dont have those.things happen to them, but i can tell you it isnt something to jest about nor is it in anywah flattering or pleasant…..

        • jeffli

          you should carry a taser!

        • Cynic

          After reading your followup I can surmise that perhaps you are to pretty for your own good. Maybe CDN ice hole meant that and simply presented it in his own way. Actually he hit the nail on the head methinks.

        • markx

          “.. beauty walks a razor’s edge…”

          • http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9dgj1tFLTYs

            it is a fact that white women are the most frequently raped category on earth, see above

          • donscarletti

            I’m pretty sure that’s not true. The vast majority of women are raped by men of their own race, I think it’s more likely to be from a culture where rape is seen as justified by revealing clothing and provocative behaviour or a culture with lots of alcohol related violence.

            Perhaps white women report more rapes than others, but that just means that they demand to be treated better.

          • Brett Hunan

            Also, the vast majority of women are raped by people someone they new before the attack.

          • Brett Hunan

            Excuse my abomination of a post. Hopefully you got my meaning.

          • k

            I dont think white women are the most fequently targeted group of rape in the world but in the usa, yes because white women are the majority and statistically that makes sense. Also agree that most rape is by someone the victim knows and frequently the same race as the victim……yu dont hear many cases of white men raping black women. I venture to guess there are far more rapes in China then the USA due to sheer population size and I also bet many arent reported due to the stigma and shame culture there where in the usa women are empowered to speak up and out against any form of sexual abuse and there isnt a “saving face” culture. Incidently in my personal experience, it was all random strangers…1 white woman (I was 5, she tried to take me from my front yard), 1 older white man (I was 22, walking across a neighborhood street and he stopped me, asked for the time and tried to.get me in his car), and 1 Indian man (I was walking my dog ….this was the scariest one, i ended up hiding in bushes while he was trying to hunt me down) and then a young, drunk korean man in korea stalked me.on my way home and tried to force me on to a dark playground in my apt complex……I got away from all but only due to my extreme wearyness of strangers, paranoia great 6th sense of danger and sheer luck. However the most disturbing incident to me happened while I was working as a waitress, I was standing in a doorway and an older, white man who looked the definition of creep was walking past me to his seat and without looking at me, reached out and grabbed my wrist as hard as he could then let go, never made eye contact with me and acted like nothing had happened…..even now it still freaks me out at the weirdness and randomness of it…..the manager kicked him out….but the man never once looked at my face…..so weird and creepy.

        • Web of Lies

          I hear ya, when I was in high school I had this old pervy guy befriend me as I was walking home and soon enough he was wanting me to go to his fuckpad up the street. If I wasn’t so scared shitless and jetted at the time I would have dropped kicked his sorry ass onto incoming traffic.

          • Scott

            Are you male or female? I ask because boys often have similar experience, at least once even if they don’t admit so.

        • simon

          And i guess you were too polite to tell this korean husband to go fuck himself? If i was your husband i would have made that asshole regret touching my woman “accidentaly” sometimes, people shouldn’t be too civilized

    • Snicker

      Wow, that was a totally relevant conversation. Were we talking “ripped” off or “raped” off? Anyway, best of luck to anybody getting in a taxi.

      In my opinion, taxis should be avoided at all costs. When you need them, they don’t pick you up. When you’re in them, they rip you off. Fk it. Buy a fast bike.

      I can hardly wait until bike sharing schemes actually allow foreigners to use them…

  • linette

    A volkswagen taxi? A jetta? I love Jetta.

    • asdf

      Taxi drivers scamming people? Looks like we need to overthrow CCP.

      • MrT

        yea its a wonder she didn’t slip that one in…

        • linette

          I think asdf and MrT should get to know each other.

  • Andy

    Hmm, well I rarely ever ride taxis in China (or in any other country for that matter), so haven’t had this problem. In big cities like Beijing and Shanghai with an advanced subway infrastructure, I haven’t ridden in a taxi even once, even though I’ve been there quite a few times. After all, what’s the point of overpaying for a taxi if it only costs ¥25+2 to get from the capital airport to virtually anywhere in Beijing. In fact, if I’m not in a hurry and my destination is within 5 km or so, I prefer to walk rather than waste money on transportation.

    • Cleo

      Beijing taxi drivers are very awesome. I laughed more when they use their Beijing accent to confuse me than when the Taiwanese drivers used Fujianese dialect.

  • Alex L

    Even those in the picture were not involved, I think that guy got ripped off too, heheh.

  • Alex L

    Even if those in the picture were not involved, I think that guy got ripped off too, heheh.

  • RuffledFeathers

    I once know a guy who himself was once a taxi driver earlier in his life, and he would shell out massive amounts of cash to the taxi drivers here as ‘tips’, and accept any sort of fee they were charging. He didn’t know any Chinese, and had all the addresses he frequented on business cards which he would show to the drivers. When they just invented a fee they wanted him to pay he would just say. “I don’t care, I don’t speak Chinese”. Normally he’d end up paying 60 to 100 RMB for a 5km trip. Often, if I was with him I’d tell him, dude, he’s ripping you off, and he’d be all like, “no it’s ok, I know the life…” Go figure

    • http://screen.yahoo.com/facebook-pics-bust-house-party-burglars-30765287.html

      look what white boys do, sorry but this article was screaming for that response

      • moop

        no, your insecurity was screaming for that response.

        • i was once married to a white woman, so no i aint insecure around your kind.
          i admit i get suspicious of blacks or arabs but i honestly dont know them as well. but your kind i especially do

          • moop

            http://www.liveleak.com/view?i=2c9_1328304616

            look at what chinese people do, sorry, but your comment was screaming for this response.

            see what i did there?

          • Getrealson

            That’s fucking wrong! Dirty cunt! HK cops should have flogged him.

          • jeffli

            @Getrealson
            It is wrong.
            I feel sorry for him. I think he’s retarded or mentally ill.
            Doesn’t look “the full quid”
            even after he finishes he doesn’t do anything but stand there.
            border control needs to improve or he lost his guardian.

          • Cynic

            Moop that link is bloody brilliant. I’ve fantasized about catching stuff like that on my iPhone. When I see it and prime up the phone I can never press the record button. Happening in HK is news to me though. there are ample amount of public toilets But that is besides the point

            Jeffli,
            his friend obviously went to find him TP. He didn’t pull up his drawers cause he wanted to wipe his butt. He surely looks retarded in the face but then he checks his watch. What retard does that?

            Moop great find.

          • tai wai
        • Northerner

          I never quite believed Linette when she said this happens in Hong Kong — apologies Linette.

          The thing is with public toilets, you have to find one. Now that is not such an issue in Hong Kong (as Cynic rightly points out) but the fact that people from the mainland never seem to be able to control their bodily functions for long enough to find the appropriate place and the fact that HK has scarce supply of trees, wasteland, derelict buildings that usually suffice on the mainland, when the need arises, I guess a road-side drain might seem the obvious solution to the problem.

          I heard a story recently from one of the airlines here about a mainland passenger who had a tantrum because they wouldn’t let her use the toilet during landing. She continued to have a tantrum and the crew called her bluff by giving her a piece of plastic and a bunch of tissues to sit on.

          After landing once all the other passengers had disembarked she remained seated. The crew went to her to ask what the problem was and she replied with a self-satisfied look ‘I told you I couldn’t wait and I did the other one.’

          Makes you think twice about stretching out across three seats for a sleep.

          • Cynic

            I’m playing devils advocate here but how do we really know this person that pooped in HK was from mainland china?

            And I’m sorry to be gross but can’t help some of my observations and thought processes. But, the rate at which he was shitting and the lack of pressure behind it is not indicative of a legitimate ‘oh my god I’m gonna shit my pants’ crisis. If we are going to deconstruct his behavior and guess at the reasons behind it than we can rule out the only reasonable excuse that could be had.

            I don’t think I necessary agree that the lady on the plane couldn’t hold it. I think it was more revenge for not getting her way. It’s the ‘shoot yourself in the foot to make a point’ psychology that is so pervasive in this country. Like the person who doesn’t care if a car hits them cause the car will be wrong and they will be dead.

            Don’t know why I’m so fascinated by this. Guess I’m still a kid at heart. Hehe poop.

          • Cynic

            Sorry northerner I misunderstood your post. Seems your conclusion about her behavior was the same as mine.

          • Northerner

            That’s quite alright. They had another in business class once. Arrogant, beyond his own sense of self-importance Mainland business man, demanding to use the toilet, again as the plane was preparing for landing. They told him he’d have to wait and he said he didn’t have to wait and demanded to use the toilet; of course the toilet doors were locked by this time so he couldn’t get in (this as everyone including the crew were strapped in).

            He picked up a water bottle from another passenger’s seat back, emptied the water on the floor, got his tackle out and pissed in the bottle, then handed it to one of the stewardesses telling her she could dispose of it WHEN she unlocked the toilet.

            Hong Kong police got him as soon as the plane landed. He was done for indecent exposure. The silly twat.

            As for our original perpetrator, we can’t be sure he’s from the Mainland but his actions pretty much run against the grain of behaviour in Hong Kong, he’s got the forehead and ubiquitous Mao hair style. Checking his watch — maybe he’s wondering if it’s lunch time already?

          • Cynic

            It’s pretty mind blowing to me and hard to understand how any society has produced people that soo openly bare their genitals. I once drove by a grandmother wiping her granddaughters vagina by the side of the road. The girl was probably 10 or 12 and standing with her skirt pulled up. The most disturbing thing was she was facing traffic and right beside the road. There was open area to hide better. It’s similar to men and women in the change room blow drying their pubes with one leg perched on the bench for all to see.

            If you dont value the privacy of your own genitals how are you going to value the privacy of others’? I find it difficult to pee even with a full blatter if someone is beside me. To have them staring at my junk makes it impossible.

            I guess in a sense this shamelessness makes Chinese more free. Allowing them to shit and pee openly without a self imposed moral dilemma to interfere. I’m a product of my upbringing aswell and could never accept it.

          • Northerner

            Para 18 onwards attempts to crack this one, not entirely with success in my opinion but…

            http://ishamcook.com/2011/11/29/the-chinese-bathhouse/

      • RuffledFeathers

        Why is this a reply to me?

      • Middle Kingdum

        Hey starting, I think your favorite movie character must be the Scarecrow in the Wizard of Oz, because you seem to really like to use STRAWMEN.

  • Anus Presley

    The other day I got in a taxi outside Hangzhou train station and told the driver I needed to go to the bus station for buses South to Taizhou, in Zhejiang province. He said that the South bus station was closed and that the East bus station had moved. I told him to take me to the East bus station and he then typed on his phone them price of 100rmb. So I told him to fuck off and got out of his cab.
    When I got in another taxi the driver also said that the South bus station was closed and that the East station had moved. I got in the cab and turned on his meter. After driving for about 20 minutes I noticed the fare going over 50rmb. When we finally got to the bus station – I can’t remember the name of it – the fare was 70rmb.
    In the meantime I’d jotted down the drivers I.D number and registration number on my phone, and when I got out of the cab I asked someone in uniform if the South station was closed and he said, no, it wasn’t, and that buses were running from the South station to Taizhou.
    To cut a along story short, I got the police involved – they have an office at the bus station – and they found the driver, due to my having taken his i.d and reg number, and they made him give me back the full 70rmb.

    Moral of this story, Chinese taxi drivers are cheating fucking bastards. If anyone thinks they may be being fleeced, take down the drivers details displayed on the cars dashboard, and report them to the police. Don’t let these weasels get away with it.

    • jeffli

      same thing happened to me in Sydney, Barcelona,France and New Zealand Auckland numerous occasions.
      Peculiarly in Romania, Timisoara, Russia, Moscow I had no such problem.

      Its unfair to just accuse ‘Chinese’ taxi drivers.
      Seems to be taxi culture.

      • jeffli

        Oh and in Tokyo I had no problems either.

  • Oh look, Diaoyu Island reference so soon in an article about a French guy getting cheated by a taxi in Hong Kong. It must be really difficult living with the inability to get over anything.

    • jeffli

      Oh you mean Senkaku islands? ;-)

    • Cynic

      Being not HK. What do the Taiwanese call the islands? Di yaoz?

      • Cynic

        Beijing. Appologies.

      • donscarletti

        Tiaoyutai (釣魚台) as opposed to
        Diaoyudao (钓鱼岛)

        The final character just means platform and island respectively, there is no political difference. The t/d is just because of the different pinyin used by Taiwanese and mainland.

      • linette

        hk calls the island 釣魚台. The cantonese prononciation will be dil-yu-toy.

        • Anus Presley

          I struggle to see how anyone can seriously call them ‘islands’. I mean, aren’t they just lumps of rock sticking up out of the sea that are too small to be inhabitable by anything other than some snails and a few birds?

          • Rather like a clitoris, it’s the surrounding woman and her labia which adds value. In the case of these islands, it’s the oilfields, and not the rocks.

          • mr. wiener

            Dr. Dick! Long time no type. How hangeth the hammer?

  • slant eyes

    Two wrongs don’t make a right but hey.. the french are sneaky bastards as well. This is also very common in france..

    • Jennster

      They smell too. Nice food they have though. Still prefer Italian :)

    • MrT

      Two Wongs don’t make a White.

  • Chris

    This is a good reason to riot!

  • Alexander

    When taxi driver tries to cheat me, I call them on it, and only pay the amount it should be, so if they charge me 100rmb for a ride that should cost 20, I give them 20 and walk away. If they don’t like it, they can try to do something about it, and if they try to hard I punch them in the face. It’s very simple.

    • Rick in China

      Nonsense. You’d be charged with criminal assault. Taxis will radio in for groups of taxis to track/stop passengers who f’ with them and if you did hit a taxi driver, unless you’re in a super remote place, I guarantee you’d be swarmed in no time. Big man on the internet, I’d love for you to give it a shot, and see where that lands you….

      • Scott

        Ageed, a lot of poseurs posting about how tough they are. The story may be apocryphal but I do remember an item some years ago about a European deported for snapping off the antennae of a Shanghai taxi. Nevertheless, the very few persons I know who have actually traded blows with locals in China, and then only after first being struck themselves without provocation, were held in custody until video tapes were reviewed to see who was at fault, and witnesses called as well. After all that they were still reprimanded and warned to “never do that again”.

  • Cleo

    Ew, that’s a German car. Next time, let it be a non baby rapist nation who gets the contract to supply cars for Beijing taxis.

    Jewish babies – so sexy, so slutty.

    • Jennster

      All taxis in China are Volkswagon. Don’t forget all the private volks, benz, bmw and audis driving around.

      • linette

        jennster..wow..really? China they use german cars as taxi? Volkswagon is not that cheap. It’s considered a better small size car. Jetta is more expensive than Honda civic and Toyota corolla. Wow…the China gov’t have so much money. The usa use Ford. Which is much cheaper.

        I will go kidnap the china taxi.

        These are hk taxi. They are Toyota Comfort Japanese.

        http://travel-on-a-shoe-string.blogspot.com/2011/10/by-taxi-hongkong-disneyland.html

        • tai wai

          These are hk taxi. They are Toyota Comfort Japanese.

          What? TOYOTA?!

          WHAT?!

          SMASH IT! SMASH LITTLE JAPAN CAR!!!

          • linette

            SMASH IT! SMASH LITTLE JAPAN CAR!!!……………

            hahaha…you’re so crazy….lol..

            I like Japanese cars. I think they are reliable and affordable. They are well made. Cheaper to maintain than German cars.

            I think….In general…Japanese people are very hard working. They are very well organized and obedient to the authority and laws. They are diligent. I trust their products.

        • hess

          They use OLD Jettas…

          • linette

            So in China the german cars are more expensive than japanese car? If so, then why they use jetta as taxi?

          • BigJ

            Old VW’s are cheap. In Hangzhou I see a lot of South Korean hyundai taxis. Maybe more then VW’s.

          • linette

            I like volkswagen. It’s a cute sporty car for middle working class people that can actually afford it. It looks nice and cute too. BMW is so expensive.

            The Nazi made them. They hired Ferdinand Porsche and made VW. Hitler named the car VW which translate to people wagon during WWII. Good engineering.

            The same family that engineered their signature sport car Porsche.

          • linette
      • Rick in China

        That is incorrect Jennster. Travel more.

        VW makes many taxis for many cities, but Citroen is also very popular in some other areas. The type of taxi used in different provinces (and cities) varies a little, but the *majority* that I have seen are VW/Citroen. I’m sure there are parts of China I haven’t visited that use other types of taxis.

      • hess

        “All taxis in China are Volkswagon.”
        Nope.

      • elizabeth

        Not all taxis but you’re close – most, according to his guy: http://www.chinacartimes.com/2011/12/06/shanghaivws-generation-santana-spotted-testing/

        I don’t bother that much about the make of the car but the smell of cigarette smoke that literally chokes you once you get into some of them, but the drivers usually get the hint and try to clear the air along the way.

        And yes, there are lots of those expensive private cars around. Many times they’re spotted parked on narrow pedestrian side walks, forcing pedestrians to walk on the roads instead.

        • Jennster

          hahaha exactly my observations and experience with the cigarettes and parking in random weird spaces. Don’t forget those black audi/benz cars that ignore pedestrians for attention :)

        • cc

          The smoke isn’t the issue, the stench of garlic breath and sweat are worse

      • BigJ

        Jennster…….you’re just…stupid. I mean that in the nicest fucking way. Did your mom drink when she was pregnant with you?? or huff paint thinner or something…..

        • Jennster

          coming from an inferiority complexed loser WHITEY english teacher, that is hilarious lol.

          • moop

            strange, you might be the only one on this site dumb enough to actually be MORE racist after the petition.

          • Jennster

            it’s not racist when it’s true. O_o

          • moop

            but he’s not an english teacher. if you’ve ever paid attention to this site instead of either trolling or being defensive you would know that.

          • Getrealson

            Pond scum!

          • Cynic

            i’m loving this posting thing. never really did it before. seem to be addicted now. appologies on jumping into everyones stuff but i have to ask Jennster: do you really believe that something is not racist when its true? without trying to incite an argument i just really want to know if you were being sarcastic.

          • Jennster

            who cares lol. that poster is on my first impression trash list the first time i read his shyt comments ^_^

          • mr. wiener

            Cynic, Please not the Jennster method:
            1. make bombastic intro.
            2. abuse anyone who disagrees.
            3. bring up unrelated historical incident.
            4. deflect.
            5. claim boredom and victory at the same time.

            Arguing with Jennster is like trying to punch smoke or pick up barely set jellatine with chopsticks.

          • Jennster

            Don’t worry Mr. Weiner. You are cool with me.

          • BigJ

            The more you talk, the more fucking stupid you sound. Am I the only one here who sees how retarded this bitch is? You can call me anything you want, but the truth is….you are fucking stupid. That’s a fact. It’s true….i’m sorry Jen….you have to live with that.
            And you’re Chinese….you have no luck in life.:) I hope you’re good at sucking dick because that is the only thing that’s going to get you ahead in this world.

            Oh and “whitey” is so lame….really…next time call me something like Albino, Beach-Nigger, Blackrobe, Blue-eyed Devil, Buckra, Cabbage, Cancer, Caveman, Chite, Chocolate-Dipper, Coal-Burner, Cocksauce, Conky, Cowfuck, Cracker, Cremlin, Crizm, Devil, Ditchpig, Egg, Fan Kuei, Farang/Falang, Firangi, Fish…-Belly, Flat-Back, Gabacho, Gai-jin, Gai-ko, Ghost, Golden Toe, Gomer, Gorilla Head, Goy/Goyim, Grey, Greyboy/girl, Gringo/a, Gro, Groid, Groundskeeper Willie, Grout, Guerro, Guido, Guinea, Guteater, Gwailo/Gweilo, Haole, Hawaga/Khawaga, Hay Seed, Helo, Hick, Hillbilly, Honky/Honkie, Hooknose, Hoosier, Kabloonuk, Lofan, Massa, Mayonnaise, Michelli, Moon Cricket, Moss Eater, Mouse, Mud Shark, Mullethead, Muppetfucker, Neck, Ofay, Paleface, Pastyface, Peckerwood, Persuasion, Pinewood, Po’bucker, Powder, Redneck, Rice King, Round-Eye, Rube, Saltine, Shagitz/Shiksa, Shit-Kicker, Skip, Stump/Tree Jumper, TPT, Tabeetsu, Timmy, Trailer Trash, Trash, WT, Wasp, White Chocolate, Whitetrash, Wic, Wigger, Wiggerette, Wiggie/Wigg, Wink, Wonder Bread, Wood, or white devil.

            Save this list and use it next time you try to offend White people. :) I’m just trying to help you.

          • moop

            yeah, she’s dumb as shit. she’s racist and classist. she also says she’s not happy unless other people have less than here or are worse off than her. a real classy broad. dont worry, darwin usually sorts these ones out eventually, either darwin or karma

          • Jennster

            Why use smart talk on dumb cunt foreigners lol :)

          • Scott

            Good listing of trash-talk names. One of my colleagues, a white male from LA, calls me “white boy” as in “Hey! white boy!” at meetings. In Hawaii on campus I was loudly called “Fuckin’ Haole” by one of my local friends, and some think “Yank” a pejorative but only for those from the Confederate States; the family fought on both sides so I’m somewhat ambivalent about the moniker.

          • mr. wiener

            [typo] “note”

          • Getrealson

            “Why use smart talk on dumb cunt foreigners lol”

            Like you could if you wanted to! Why don’t you face what you are Jenn? A shaved down monkey that some fool taught how to speak!

            No BigJ, you aren’t the only one who sees how dumb this bitch is. Also an advocate for petitioning of non-racist comments on CS. Goes to show Chinese mentality, wanted us censored for disagreeing with her so she can spread her stupidity with impunity.

          • mr. wiener

            I believe you should let the comments alone to shine or stink according to their merit or lack there of.
            Jennster cannot shine so she has determined to stink instead, don’t let the bitter stench of her racist baiting make you reply in kind.
            Know your adversary so eventually you will not hate them , but pity them instead. The mind forged manacles of this ones small sour world are more unpleasant than anything you could wish on her.

            Jennster. You have the key to your own prison. You always have
            [My god, I’m pompous after a couple ‘a whiskeys :) ]

  • david

    hahaha now if this guy was dumb enough to let him get away with it then good for the taxi driver.

    after 10 years in china, this happened to me once, about 8 years ago, i knew the guy was taking too long to reach a destination so I called a friend who right away knew i was being ripped off.

    so we reported it to the company and i got a free ride and the driver was probably just warned.

    give me a break and report something important.

  • Chris

    Jennster you are just ignorant.

  • Fraser

    It was the French guy’s fault for not giving the taxi driver the proper directions. The taxi driver only goes where the customer tells him, if the customer doesn’t know where to go then how can you expect the taxi driver to do his job properly?

    • Anus Presley

      How do you know the French guy didn’t give him ‘proper directions’? I presume he was going to a hotel. Therefore, all he needed to do was give the driver the name of the hotel. It’s not the passengers responsibility to give any taxi driver directions.

    • BigJ

      It’s not that. He went 152km in 39 mins. He would have to be going 250km an hour. The taxi cheated him.

  • Paul

    I would not have paid. Who would have paid?

    The guy has his plane ticket that shows his arrival time, so he can show it to the police when the arrive. This goes for anytime you take a taxi from an airport or train station, or leave a movie theater, or whatever. I would have happily waited for the police to arrive.

    In Hong Kong I think the taxi drivers can lose their license or get a big fine if they do something like this. Beijing could bring in similar bi-laws.

    • RuffledFeathers

      It’s unclear whether h actually paid or not. However, you have to consider the possibility that he didn’t know how to contact the cops or speak any of the language. It’s not always so straightforward for some.

  • Rick in China

    RE: “and then brought him to a specific taxi, and “whispered in the driver’s ear for a long time.””

    This guy is a “businessman”? More like a crazy sucker. He deserves what he got if that was the actual situation – how could he POSSIBLY trust such a ridiculous and blatant scam as being normal. First of all, they print the calculations on windows of cabs – when he noticed how crazy the price was for a 30 minute taxi ride he could have simply pointed to the notice, said fuck you, and called the phone # listed on the taxi as well. Ridiculous.

  • Ronbo

    This is happening more and more in Beijing lately. I recently got in a taxi at the airport headed home to my apartment. The fare is normally 65-70 RMB….we had not even covered half the distance and the meter was over 140RMB…..when I pointed this out in Chinese he immediately turned off the meter and still demanded 100 RMB from me…..The newest thing is they wont take you anywhere on the meter downtown…..Two nights ago we had an emergency and my wife and I (Chinese) had to take a taxi…It took us three tries with most wanting 100RMB for a 18 RMB trip….I even offered the second guy 40RMB as it was an emergency but even twice as much was not enough…..This is giving Beijing a VERY bad reputation and needs to be fixed..

    • Ronbo

      I forgot to add that when I got out of the second one I took my phone out to take a picture of the rear license plate. The driver put it in reverse and tried to run me over…….

  • Irvin

    Well, I always research online before going to somewhere unfamiliar, it pays to be prepare. But that french dude does sound like an idiot. I mean he was asked if he knew the fare then he even saw the dude whisper to the taxi for a long time, have he no survival instincts?

  • Cynic

    The guy writes well and convincingly. Soo much so i have difficulty in pulling it apart and therefore have to rely on a feeling, backed by no explanation, that the actually reality is a much more complex issue; A nice piece.

    • Cynic

      Sorry, mess up with board. Meant to reply to northerner above.

    • Northerner

      Agree.

  • Scott

    I travel throughout Asia to cities great and small over the last decades as well as to three or four major cities in the US, and mostly find Shanghai taxi drivers honest and knowledgeable, even to the point of stopping the meter as apology for going a longer route or not immediately finding the street address. This has been the case much more often than the driver trying to switch transportation cards or bucking the meter. Guangdong taxi drivers are slightly less conscientious but, still, no problem; the same in Taipei, Seoul and Tokyo (which have the cleanest cabs) , Hong Kong, Singapore, the major cities of Australia and New Zealand. Beijing taxi drivers are not trustworthy and shamelessly look for any advantage, and in the second and third tier cities in China as in Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam save the US where taxi fees are outrageously expensive the taxi fee is open to bargaining before beginning. Indian taxi drivers are the most shameless cheats, US taxi drivers among the most ignorant about the very city they drive in and often incoherent in English as well, and the dirtiest cabs belong to the US. Even taxis in New Delhi rattle less and smell better than the average Yellow Cab.

    I also think the life of a cabby is one of the worst possible: bad customers who if not puking drunk or stinking cheap bitch about any detail of the trip, long hours for little pay with the constant threat of customer complaint, and the probability that if the passenger doesn’t jump without paying may very well rob the driver instead. That some unsuspecting visitor is sometimes taken the long way for X-times the fare seems trivial in comparison. Also, many sources give expected taxi fares from the airport to the city center so it seems, well, dumb not to suspect a fast meter.

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