My son came home from China and was scammed badly. I think it's wonderful that the young can travel ; but unfortunately young means naive, maybe stupid. Living in our safe haven of Canada, kids don't grow up with skepticism and distrust.
You may remark that one should research before traveling, but I remembered when I was young and traveled, I didn't, but there wasn't internet either back then, either.
I read the question on the right 'what are the scams I need to watch....' Too bad he didn't read that , especially about the invite to the tea shop. Let's say, he didn't lose a few $$$. How is it possible to lose thousands in a tea shop in one afternoon? Pay or get your teeth smashed in!
I know the cautions here on Trip Advisor but how many young people read TA ? He was out and hadn't decided to go to China until half way in his trip. He applied for a Chinese visa and was in; facing the wolves at every corner.
What I am trying to say is travelers should be warned! Why don't they inform the traveler like they would if there was a rebellion, terrorist threats or weather alert?. Why not alert these travelers when they charge for the visa? When they sell the flight ticket into the WAR ZONE? They know the list of the scams. That would be the fair thing for the Chinese embassy to do. They know how rampant the money scammers are! Why don't they do something if they want tourist into their country?
My question; what can I do to fix things? What can I do to help others so it doesn't happen to them? Who might I contact to ask for some changes?