Bargaining in China
The Culture of Bargaining
You can bargain for most anything in China. From clothes and fruit to bottled water. All made for tourist souvenirs should be bargained hard.
When quoting a price, you can expect people to get as much as they think you think its worth. Foreigners are susceptible to paying too much as they don't realize how low prices really are in China. You need to have a realistic idea in your head what something is worth - in China.
Don't look at a bronze statue of Mao and think "this would cost $200 in my country." That bronze statue probably sells to Chinese for $10. So when the shopkeeper asks 800 renminbi for it, remember 80 is probably the local price.
Bargaining is a friendly, social art. Don't feel bad or shy about stating your price. Also never feel bad you might be going to low. Sometimes its necessary to counter an offer of 800 with 50 or 75 in order to settle on 110.
If a local Chinese is buying what you want, watch the transaction of cash and see how much is paid.
There are a few bargaining tactics you need to be aware of.
Often what you want is sold at more than one stall in the area you are shopping. Ask prices and bargain at several before buying.
You can always go back. Leave if its not going your way or you want to compare prices. The shopkeeper will likely have a sudden price drop upon your departure. Even if not you can return to bargain more or settle on their offer.
Shopkeepers may look annoyed if you bargain hard, but either (1) they are annoyed they cannot profit greatly from you, (2) looking annoyed is part of their bargaining act or (3) they were annoyed when you arrived.
Never feel bad about having bargained so hard and feeling like you've cheated someone, no matter how much it may seem so. They will never sell you something at a loss!
Why do we call Beijing, Xi’an and Shanghai ‘the Golden Triangle?’ The answer is simple; if you can only visit three Chinese cities, these are the ones you must see. Well, that, and if you join them up on a map, they make a triangle shape! Beijing is full of hidden gems. You’ll get to know them up-close-and-personal during your rickshaw ride through the city’s ancient alleyways....
Beijing → Xi'an → Shanghai
1 day • CNY 690
This tour takes you to three historically important sights outside Beijing's bustling city center. Mutianyu is a section of the Great Wall known for its fabulous views and the toboggan that you can take down the mountainside! We will make two stops at the Ming Tombs; the first is the underground tomb of the Wanli Emperor (the only Ming tomb to have been excavated,) and the other is...
1 day • CNY 800
This day trip will take you from the celebrated Terracotta Warriors to the lesser-known Banpo Ancient Town, with some beautiful sights in between. What makes this tour special: The Terracotta Warriors are widely regarded as the most significant archaeological find of the 20th Century, and for good reason. The fully excavated Banpo Ancient Village also draws in archaeologists from...
So you only have a few days before you have to set off from Tianjin, and you can't choose between a trip to Beijing or seeing the Terracotta Warriors in Xi'an! Well with this tour, you don't have to. On the first day of you whirlwind trip, we will take you to the Great Wall of China, followed by a visit to Beijing's most famous shopping street. The second day will be...
Beijing → Xi'an → Beijing
3 days • CNY 1,840
Pingyao is a UNESCO World Heritage Site, and for good reason. The stunning walled city has been impeccably well preserved. You’ll ride first class to Taiyuan, followed by a two-hour drive to Pingyao. Inside the city walls, pedestrians rule; the absence of cars means a stroll around the city streets is a much calmer and more laid-back experience than walking anywhere else in China!...
Beijing → Taiyuan → Pingyao → Taiyuan → Beijing
Hong Kong is a unique Chinese city, part of the British empire for 99 years and then handed back to China like a gift in 1997. While officially part of China, it is still "one country, two systems" which helps preserve its unique culture. Our one day tour is arrange to show you the most of Hong Kong you can see in a single day. If there are other sites you would like to see we can add a...
This is a tour of contrast. The first leg of your trip will take you to Beijing, where you will witness the grandeur of Chinese history and learn about ancient Chinese culture. You will explore the architectural wonders of the Forbidden City, the Temple of Heaven, the Summer Palace, and the Great Wall, only stopping to dig in to authentic Chinese cuisine. Lhasa, the epicenter of Tibetan...
Beijing → Tibet / Lhasa → Tsedang → Tibet / Lhasa → Namtso Lake → Tibet / Lhasa
This itinerary takes in the best of Chengdu, including city sights, a Sichuan hotpot dinner, visiting a genuine local teahouse, the Giant Buddha of Leshan and a pilgrimage up Emei Shan mountain. We have paced the tour so you are not rushed but see a lot on each day. Hotels can be changed per your taste and budget, we give our recommendation here of nice and fairly priced accommodation. With...
Chengdu → Emei Shan → Chengdu
This route is great for those who want a taste of Yunnan with a bit of comfort. It includes the best of Kunming and Lijiang, as well as a day trip to Shaxi village. No matter what time of year you visit, it is guaranteed that Kunming will have spring-like weather. Often overlooked by tourists, the city has its fair share of unique sights as well! Lijiang is a magical place brimming with...
Kunming → Lijiang → Shaxi → Lijiang
Have you ever heard of Datong? It is a small city in Shanxi province, best known for its rich history, and it is well worth checking out. The first day of this tour will take you to the famous Hanging Temple, which is bound to blow you away with stunning architecture inside and out. Visiting the Yungang Grottoes, home to the oldest Buddhist cave art in China, is also sure to be an...
Beijing → Datong → Beijing