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Tipping in China

Sao Paulo, SP
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Tipping in China

I bought from a Xian tourism agency a large package of guide / driver / transportation services for my 3 weeks long China trip. I was told by the agency that tipping is expected and they suggested US$23 for guides and US $12 for private drivers on a daily basis. In your experience, is this amount ok ? Have you experienced any trouble concerning tipping ? Thank you.

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Beijing, China
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1. Re: Tipping in China

Tips is accepted in tourism in China now. For the ammount of tips, It depends on the services of the guide and driver.

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2. Re: Tipping in China

Hello Kemie G,

Welcome to the TripAdvisor Forum.

I noticed that you posted your topic in the Portuguese forum, so I have moved the topic on your behalf to the English one.

Thank you for your participation!

Happy travels,


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Dublin, California
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3. Re: Tipping in China

That's way too much.

Sherbrooke, Canada
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4. Re: Tipping in China

Hopefully that was not per person.

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5. Re: Tipping in China

We were told by our guide to tip the driver and Terra Cotta Warrior guide 10cny each. Our tour company also suggested $5 US a day for our tour guide per person.

Shanghai, China
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6. Re: Tipping in China

I would tell the agency to go fly a kite and read Article 41 of the Tourism Law of the PRC.

Tour guides are not allowed to ask for tips. However you may of course give a tip based on your own personal choice. However the amounts suggested are simply outrageous.

For those interested here is the relevant part of Article 41:

Tour guides and tour leads shall strictly follow the itinerary, shall not alter it or stop the services they are providing without permission or to ask for tips from tourists or lure, cheat, compel or force tourists in a disguised form to make purchases or participate in tourism activities that require additional payment.

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7. Re: Tipping in China

We signed up for a private tour, China Odyssey Tours, and that was their recommendation also. We just figured it was part of the cost but only if they do a great job. I would NEVER drive in China. Our drivers and guides were very good.

Shanghai, China
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8. Re: Tipping in China

Tipping isn't common in China, but tour guides LOVE suggesting little extra "if you are satisfied with our services". Which doesn't make much sense since usually foreigners are already paying 3-4 times more for the same service (compare to Chinese people). It's common to believe that whoever comes from abroad is swimming in cash hahaha

Hong Kong
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9. Re: Tipping in China

Is the tour paid for or not? If it's paid I would tip only if the performance was outstanding. Good performance should be included in the paid price.

Toodyay, Australia
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10. Re: Tipping in China

Reply #6 is your answer.

To be asked for a tip is not the norm. If I receive good service I round up for taxi drivers and leave a couple of RMB at restaurants but that's about it.

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