Rogue taxi driver
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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
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
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.
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
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.