"Nanjing Road Touts" Shanghai Warnings Or Dangers Tip by mayman

Shanghai Warnings and Dangers: 134 reviews and 80 photos

As a Westerner walking on Nanjing Road you will be continuously approached by locals offering you all types of goods, services and entertainment. I was warned of this by local colleagues prior to my first visit to Shanghai but still surprised by how much of this goes on. There are plenty of reports on travel forums of people being seriously ripped off by accepting these invitations even though some of them seem totally innocent and harmless at the time. SIMPLE ADVICE IS NEVER BUY ANYTHING OR GO ANYWHERE WITH ANYONE WHO APPROACHES YOU IN THIS MANNER. However, no need to avoid Nanjing Road for this reason as those approaching you are not threatening and a firm "no thanks" is enough to get rid of them - also makes for good people watching as the touts go about their "business".

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  • Written May 22, 2008
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