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Non-expert says "Stay alert, anyway"
I agree with the others, Beijing is a safe city by international standards, but still stay alert. The web is full of warnings about pickpockets & such in any large city.|
I have taken many taxis in China & only suspect one fare, from Beijing city to the airport with bags. When it is obvious that you are leaving, who will argue. The fare was higher than usual by a large margin. But I was on my way & on expenses, & compared to home, it was not totally over the top.
Had several good pigeon -English - Chinglish conversation with taxis drivers: Had a driver in China give me a discount rather than have to give change. Wouldn't take it as a tip: where in the world does that happen?
Web sites say that Beijing has a culture of checking on taxis with numbers taken & such, but web comment questioning its effectiveness. There is also a culture of having the hotel tell taxis where you want to go. This usually works, the only times it has gone wrong was heading to another hotel as the taxis heads in the oppostie direction, in my experience the drivers react well to hand signals & then a map.
There are some warnings about scams on the web, but most are more ways to get you to part with your money than any danger, eg the art students in central areas wanting you to come & look at "their" paintings.
Department stores are the same all over: ticket prices, so little problem. A little old news, but last time I was there there was usually some fuss to use plastic: Still at the stage of having cashiers & 3 different card machines on counters.
The sort of scam I read about recently was that the taxis might drop you in front of the stalls selling things rather than where you can conveniently walk to the square you want to visit. Suits me. If that's considered a "scam" this is a safe enough place.
Actually, by fluke, I've never taken the subway when it was full. There are warnings of pickpockets, but never had a problem.
People take some time to adjust to crossing the road, or never adjust. If you take your (western?) road rules & judge traffic by them, I suspect it appears a little chaotic in some places. Personally never really had a problem with this either. A day or so & I'm thinking the roads are safer than home.
Beats me about the men offering company. I'm a guy, and older, so not been an issue. You could consider a guide as suggested above. Rates vary significantly.
I've read on some hotel reviews about people who didn't like their hotel as it was in some sort of alley & were uncomfortable at night, but I've walked hutongs after dark & never really had concerns. Don't think I'd suggest my little sister to do that alone anywhere though.
Well a long rave, hope something helps.