Traveling to Shanghai can easily turn in to a nightmare. This huge 24million people megalopolis on east coast of China gave me a very bad welcome.
What threat awaits you in Shanghai :
- taxi kidnapping
- selling scams
- you may leave with extra person in your luggage
Here is my story so please be aware, don’t trust anyone and I am sure you will have a great time!
After exiting Maglev train from the airport, ( it doesn’t go all the way to Shanghai ) I was stranded in the middle of nowhere and looking for a taxi. This kind Chinese men came to me and offered a ride. ( official taxi car )
After 2 min of driving another men sat on the front seat. I googled the route at home before and after while got this weird feeling we are not heading to my Shanghai hotel. 20min later and driving thru some fields I realised this is not good and at this moment the driver stopped communicate in English.
I was slightly panicking but kept cool and slowly start removing all my cash and cards from the wallet and stuffing into my underwear, socks and different pockets. I asked many times to stop the car but no answer.
After another 10min they stopped the car on suburbs on some village and start asking for money. I was outrageous and said I have no money, the laughed, stepped out of the car and throw my luggage into a ditch. Shouting from the outside to gave them money.
I was locked in the car and and being shouted at by two angry Chinese got me very worried. So I started kicking out the window to get out of the car. The window shattered in thousands small pieces after my next kick and I tried to escape from the car. When they saw the damage and my red face they unblock the door and while I fall on the ground they jumped in and drove away.
Villagers with a tractor helped me to get to the nearest bus stop to Shanghai.
When I complained at the reception in the hotel, the girl behind the desk just smiled and said “sorry no help”…
While walking I was approached by young couple. Both, girl and boy in their early twenties introduced themselves as a students and after brief chat I was invited to view their Chinese calligraphy art in a small studio few minutes away. Once in the room, I was locked and pushed into buying the prints. Took at last 30 minutes of arguing, threatening and aggressive behaviour from their side to get out from there.
I was fuming. On top of that, some older parents grabbed me in the park and tried to sell me their daughter…
Well, we learn by mistakes but I still have a bad feeling when getting a taxi.