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BEWARE ROGUE TAXI DRIVER

Be weary of rogue taxi drivers at Beijing airport.  I unfortunately fell victim to a driver
calling himself “Watong” “Won tung” or similar, that’s assuming of course that’s
his real name.  Key things to note about
his modus operandi are; 

He will appear from no-where and hone in on you like a
guided missile.

He will bombard you with rapid dialogue which is hard to
understand whilst grabbing at your luggage. 
The only words you will probably understand are “taxi” and “me driver”

He will show you a small laminated card with marked tarrifs.

He will gesture towards a parked car unseen in the far off
distance.

BEWARE ROGUE TAXI DRIVER

He parks his unmarked dark Hyundai  saloon vehicle in the basement (B1) of the
airport, and will divert you away from where the legitimate marked taxis are
parked in the designated taxi ranks of the airport.

There is no meter in his car. He has light coloured grey/tan
interior with wood grain trim around the dash and window controls.

Avoid this man and his car at all cost.  He is a rogue taxi driver.  I was charged $350 RNB.  My enquiries with the Hotel staff on arrival
confirmed the taxi ride from the airport should have been no more than $100 -
$120 RNB depending on traffic etc.  I’ll
take the life lesson and be more vigilant next time.

I took some photos of the surrounding area en route to the
hotel and inadvertently snapped the inside of his car.

BEWARE ROGUE TAXI DRIVER
  Note the red heart ornament hanging from the
rear-vision mirror.  He is described as;

Male Asian, aged in his mid to late 40’s, slim build, 178cm
in height, dressed in dark clothing. Short straight black hair, off the
ears.  There is a partial reflection of
his face in the rear vision mirror in one of the photos, ( sorry not a clearer
photo)

I hasten to add, this unfortunate incident has not
diminished my excitement about my travel adventures here in Beijing, and this
is one bad man in a country of over a billion people, so I always believe there
are more good folks than there are bad ones, of any country.  I will take the valuable life lesson, put it
behind me and move on, and hope my experience will help you to avoid being
taken for a ride (excuse the pun)

So to summarise, always be vigilant, head towards the
clearly marked taxi ranks, and look for the marked taxis, and be firm with your
“no” if confronted by this rogue driver.  
Safe journeys Travel Buddies.

Wildswan22 says:
Hmmm, this is good to know, I’m sorry you had this experience George, at least you were safe.. Some airports can be a bit overwhelming when you haven't been to them before and aren't too sure where you're going, an opportunity for the unscrupulous! As you are about to head off to Egypt it’s worth mentioning that as I was leaving Egypt, the security fellow who was putting my bags through the scanner followed and heckled me with "Madam give me some money" until I yelled at “No” at him (all of my polite "no, sorry’s" fell on deaf ears).. :)
Posted on: Oct 26, 2012
sylviandavid says:
good job on warning people. With the language barrier it's hard to bargain... and they aren't really interested in bargaining....they are just ripoffs....
Posted on: Feb 12, 2012
joehobo says:
It's very unfortunate that such things happened to a good person like you.I have learnt to say the firm "no" with an added "thank you" with a smile....
If I had been cheated very badly leaving me fuming in anger, I will try and lodge a complaint with the Tourist Police or take the help of the local police...for all that it may matter.
Posted on: Feb 09, 2012
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