"Beware - transportation in Zhuhai" Zhuhai Transportation Tip by falcokim
Zhuhai Transportation: 12 reviews and 13 photos
I would like to share my unpleasant experience in Zhuhai to alert others so you won't be in the same plight as me.
We were in Zhuhai for 2 days in end of March 2010. As we traveled in a big group (10 of us) including 3 teenagers and one elderly, we decided to rent a van to bring us around. On the first night of our arriving, we met a van driver who fetched us back from Wan Zai Seafood Street. He quoted us RMB500 (after a few calls to his friend) for a day tour on the following day. We didn't take him because it was rather expensive and we found him a bit fishy. He tried to keep a big distance from us while talking on the phone and not honest in some ways.
On the second day morning, we saw a tout outside of our hotel offering to fetch us with RMB150/day. This guy (name: 彭玉宽) very friendly and quite decent to us. Without having to bargain (since it's more than 50% cheaper) we took his offer. But after that we were brought to an old van with another driver who claimed that he was one of the staff of the local travel agency. His pic is attached. He didn't tell us upfront where he's going to bring us until we asked a few times. He briefly told us which are the tourist spots and there was no prefixed duration as long as we were happy toured by him. Sounded as a very easy going person. But later we found out all the places that he brought us to were those places he could make commission out of the tickets. For the places that we wanted him to bring us to, he rushed us. Some of the sightseeing places he just let us see from far, didn't even let us got down to take photos by saying there was nothing much. It is really ridiculous. At the end we didn't manage to go to the most famous tourist spot of Zhuhai - Yunv (珠海渔女).
The most terrible part was he brought us to some local souvenir stores, forced us to attend 2 Chinese medicine talks (meant for tourists to understand more about their local products). If we sit in the talk for at least 30min, he could get RMB20/head . We obviously unhappy about it and left after a short stay. He then scolded us for not corporate with him. We had a big fight at most time but couldn't do much because he was holding our Ocean Spring tickets that cost RMB1280 in total. Yea, we were too careless about this. In the beginning, he frankly told us if we bought the tickets from him he won't charge extra to drive us to the hot spring which located about 1 hour journey from town. Since there is no different in price by getting the tickets directly from Ocean Spring, we took the deal.
At the end, we only had 2 and a half hour in the hot spring, in the evening with cold weather. Obviously we didn't enjoy much because it was late and at hunger condition. After hot spring he tried to persuade us to have dinner at our hotel area which was another 1 hour journey. Reason being: he needed rest!! At the end of the day, he some more asked for extra money as OT!
We felt being cheated and threaten on the entire journey. I am rather surprise place like this that won a series of titles such as ?Top Tourist City of China?, should have a better control of the touts or illegal travel agents. We saw quite a number of aggressive touts outside of the hotels.