There is a really big industry in SHANGHAI, specialized to cheat western guys want to enjoy the city. Here we collect some of the most popular tricks. But you can be sure, there will be developed new ways every day, to cheat you.
Most important tip: NEVER EVER follow anyone (girl or boy) who start to talk with you on the street to a bar, tea house or KTV! Never ever! Easy to check out, if they are cheater. For example if you ask the girls to follow you to some restaurant or a western Bar you know, than you will see, they will never wast their time there. And not to go with them will safe you thousands of RMB! And if you follow our recommendations, you also can have fun without doing that!
As you can read here, there are several ways how you could be cheated in Shanghai. If you follow our recommendations here, you should be nearly safe, but we know there will be thousands of visitors in this great city every year who followed their "little brother" and jump into the trap.
What can you do when it happend to you?
It is getting more and more dangerous around the Manhattan Club to loose your wallet/money. So be careful!
How they will do it? When you pass the older chinese woman outside, they will offer you a massage, flowers and so on. While the one hand will grap your dick or show you the flower, the other hand will go in your pocket. Some times 2 or more around, so no chance to controll where there hands will be! Only way: You should make very clear you do not want to be touched anywhere. If you react a little bit scarred or agressiv, they will immediately jumb back.
if someone start to talk with you in the street in Shanghai, who want to introduce to a girls bar or club, a new K-TV location or what ever, better ignore him. Normally you will get a high overpriced service and a lot of problems. One hour in a club like that can be charged with $ 500,- to $ 1 000,- very often.
warning: if cute, young students start to talk with you on the street, tell you they want to cultivate their english, don`t follow to any tea-house, art exhibbition or to karaoke. normaly they will cheat you in an easy way. before your realize it, you will have to pay for overpriced pictures, tea and so on, or you will have a incredible high bill for food and drinks (you can loose some hundred dollars very easy by that). if you don`t want to ignore the girl, than you should be the one who decide, which place you will visit. and be carefull to find locations with english spoken service stuff (otherwise your "student" will "deal" with the chinese waiter). This scam is really good organized. The girls don`t work alone. It is said, that around there will also be some guys who make sure, no one will warn you or "disturb" the "business", so better be very carefull!
Another story happen very often: you walk around and a guy will offer you very special kind of service, for example have 1 hour hot fun with a girl for only 100 to 400 RMB. If you follow him, you will find some pretty girls there and everything seems to work very well. But because of some room problems or whatever, they will ask you to sit down and wait for some minutes. while you sit around, another girl will come to you, bring some drinks, talk to you, drinks with you and after a short time, they will charge 5000 up to 20 000 RMB for the drinks you took and the girl you have invited to. Another way is more direct, some guys come in and threaten you to pay thousands of RMB. If so, you nearly have no chance to leave without payment. If possible, ask a chinese friend or police to help you out, if not possible, keep the place in mind, so that you can come back with chinese friend or police. sometimes it even can helpfull, if you talk with the stuff in your hotel, because if they are willing to help out their guest from trouble, could be they find a solution for you.
(Read the comments above, to see what can happen).
if you stay in a hotel, you will get a lot of calls offer you massage-service. don`t expect to much! the girls are normally not the most beautifull ones (otherwise they would work in a K-TV ;-)), they don`t speak english, and a lot of arrangements will have been forgotten later. very often they will offer you a very cheap price in advanced, but after the (poor) massage will have starten, they will try to persuite you for more (absolutly overpriced) service. better call a massage escort agency or a privat massage girl or pick up someone in a bar.
When you leave a massage or sauna center, could be some chinese guys will follow you, and if you pass a lonesome dark area, could be they start to threaten you and quarrel with you, because you had fun with their girlsfriends and so on. They will ask you for money as a "punishment". So our tip: if you leave a center like that, better take a taxi instead of walking along dark lonesome roads, and if you have to, better check if someone is following you!
on a lot of tourist places, you will get business cards with phone numbers of home and hotel massage services, starting from RMB 80,- per hour. most of them also offer english language hotline, but don`t trust them too much. normally they will not follow the agreements later, the girl will make you hot and then ask for incredible high fee, if you like to have more service (can be RMB 2000 to RMB 5000,-)
Also the defrauter in Shanghai will use every modern way to get more money out of the western guests. A new way will be, some charming girls with sexy profiles will connect you on Wechat, than invite you to visit them in a club or bar, than the normal "KTV" or "Girlsbar" scam will go on. So be carefull, if strangers contact you and they are tooooooo intrested in meeting you.
if you call a escort agency you find in the internet, better don`t trust the price they offer (could be they will rise up very fast), also don`t trust the pictures. normally you will not very often see any of this models shown on the webpage. so if you ask for one of this girls, could be another girl will come up (you can guess she will not be so beautifull like the girl you asked for ;-)), and if you want to send her away, she will try very hard to get at least the taxi fee, and she will rise up this fee also. if you want to avoid bad experience like that, than better check out reviews here on our page! We cooperate with a escort agency who promised us not to scam our guest, so hope you will get a unforgettable service there: private escort shanghai
If some girls on the street around your hotel or around some tourist hot spots offer you massage-service, better deny! we recommand to visit some of the pick-up bars in Shanghai, you will see, the additional effort was not wasted ;-)
If you drink with some nice girls in a girls-bar, very often they will charge drinks you did not order. the girl will change to double drinks without asking you, girls will start to drink with you, you never invited a.s.o. our tip: keep an eye on your bill all the time, (so you will realize, if you are on the way to order the most exensive orange juice of your life) and also check you bill before payment. You can check out how it works in the comment of our guide who has been cheated in the Old Shanghai Girlsbar
When you spend a evening in some nice clubs like Manhattan or Malones here in Shanghai, could be you meet a nice girl and you make decision to stay the night with here, than could be you also talk about money. Be carefull, if you talk about the price, they will entice you with price for the whole night, but very often your guest will leave very fast (and you can be sure, you paid in advanced ;-) Some guys will recommend, never pay in advance or only pay half first, but on the other side could be a good girl will be angry that you don`t trust here and you destroid the chance for a good girlfriend experience. Not easy to solve, but as more professional the girl seems to be, as more carefull you should be with prepaiment!
Warning: If you have strangers in your hotel room or your appartment, keep an eye on your money all the time. Never let your guest allone with your money in one room, otherwise could be you realize next morning, that your wallet lost a lot of weight overnight. For that, better also realize your threesome fantasy in a sauna instead of your hotel room, because there is a saying: you only have one pair of eyes. So you can never keep your eyes on two girls, so all the time one can steal while the other one "entertain" you or take shower with you.
Warning: you will also find a lot of "hair dresser shops (Barbershops)", that will offer massage. they are marked with turning tons in the entry area, additional they will have a lot of pink light inside. here you will get a hot massage starting from RMB 50,-. due to the poor hygienic conditions, we striktly recommend you not to visit this kind of location. neither the girls nor the other customers will take shower before or after the job is done, the places will not be cleaned a.s.o.
if you have some bad experience in your shanghai night life, please leave a short report here, we will be able to use it as base for another warning. thank you for help us to keep this side up to date.