Trip report Beijing (watch out for rip offs)
Replies: 23 - Last Post: Oct 25, 2012 2:44 PM Last Post By: SoloHobo
Oct 24, 2012 5:13 PM
Oct 24, 2012 8:24 PM
16The guts of the Forbidden City is in Taipei a fact not advertised much. But as anywhere if one deals with any kind of tout anywhere infront of a tourist site it won't usually turn out near the right price. But generalising a nation by its touts is unreasonable.
Oct 24, 2012 11:54 PM
Oct 25, 2012 12:49 AM
18#jkkin toronto regarding the question:
+Trekker 502 - I did not hear that story and would like to see a valid reference to it.+Look here:
Oct 25, 2012 2:41 AM
19by the way, the Lama temple and the forbidden city are equally unpreserved-- as in they have both been totally renovated multiple times in recent years and everything is new besides the general structure. The renovation phase may just be favoring the forbidden palace at this point in time, but could easily swing back to the lama temple soon.
Oct 25, 2012 7:23 AM
20#16 -- "NYC putting foot down after $442 pedicab fare" by Karen Matthews, The Associated Press; printed in The Santa Fe New Mexican 10/24/2012. It had been previously published on the Internet, possibly on Yahoo news.
Even in an era of $500 hotel rooms and $18 cocktails, the $442 that a Texas (I erred calling them Australian) family paid for a ride in a New York City pedicab has become notorious.
The outrageous fare made headlines in the city's tabloids over the summer, and since then, officials have been pushing for a simplified pricing structure so tourists don't get taken for a ride.
Even operators of the pedicabs .... say publicity over the mother of all shakedown fares has given all of them a bad name.
Pedicab operators are allowed to charge whatever they like as long as their prices are posted on the side of the cab. But listed prices are often based on a confusing formula -- for example, an initial charge of $5, plus $1 or $2 per short block and $3, $4, or $5 per long block. And not all rate cards state clearly that the charges are per rider. A loop through Central Park can be $40 or $50 per passenger.
The driver who charged $442 told the Texas couple after their 14-blocks ride that there was a $100 fare for each additional passenger, even though the daughters, who sat on their parents' laps, were only 7 and 9. It was technically illegal to have four passengers, but such a trip for three people ordinarily costs $80 to $100.
Greg Zuman, the vice president of the New York City Pedicab Owners Association, acknowledges abuse of the rate cards but he does not support the newly proposed per-minute system.
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