"Tips At Bars" Shanghai Warnings Or Dangers Tip by ShanghaiJoe

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Although there is generally no tipping in Shanghai, it is wise to be careful of the tipping scam that happens in many bars.

When you go to a bar, girls in many will sit with you. They will ask you to buy them drinks. Of course, they are attractive, and you may be inclined for them to join you for a few drinks.

However, they will dance with you, rub up with you, and do their best to make sure you have a good time. When you are finished, they will demand a tip. Sometimes two or three hundred yuan.

Girls can make a pretty decent living from the tips of foreigners. Although these bars are technically breaking the law, they cover it up by not having a staff list and posting a sign that tips are not allowed. These are both just bogus ways to confuse the police into not shutting them down.

Be aware, if a girl sits with you at a bar, you could be in for an expensive evening. Bars (not the clubs, but the small bars) on Maoming Road, like Diablo and even more notoriously Nelly's are the highest risks. Best advice is to go there accompanied by someone and say you don't want company, or avoid these places altogether.

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  • Written Feb 13, 2004
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