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Jiuzhaigou Taxi Problems

Sichuan, China
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Jiuzhaigou Taxi Problems

Recently there have been a number of reports from tourists who have had problems with taxis from the Jiuzhaigou airport. What happens is one taxi picks you up at the airport and sells them to another taxi just a few miles from the airport. The new driver will tell you that you're new hotel is bad/expensive/dirty/full/closed (oldest trick in the book) and try to bring you to another taxi. If you tell him you've already booked a place or he thinks he's not going to make a commission off you he'll sell you to another taxi (or more likely an unlicensed taxi). Even if you ring your pre-booked hotel the driver may refuse to bring you there. The best thing to do is to ring your accommodation provider and tell them what your situation is. They will be able to help you. If you do not have a phone that works in China you should buy a SIM card. It's cheap and it will help you out a lot.

This is not by any means the case with all taxis but there have been some reports of it recently.

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1. Re: Jiuzhaigou Taxi Problems

Thanks for the heads up. Visitors also have the option of taking the bus from the airport to the village of Jiuzhaigou. They want you to wait until they fill it up, but when and if they do, they are not going to sell you to another bus...I hope. The bus ticket desk is very obvious as you exit the airport.

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2. Re: Jiuzhaigou Taxi Problems

That's true...the bus is the better option but sometimes it will stop at one place only and won't stop at each hotel. It will stop where there are a number of unlicensed taxis waiting. These are the guys who try to make commissions.

Don't let this put you off however, this is an inconvenience if it happens but not dangerous.

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Ha,ha, this did happen to us! We were sold by the green airport taxt to a white taxi just outside of the airport. The driver made up a sorry lie and had us agreed to move.

We had reservation at Sheraton, the new driver did not attempt to switch hotel, but sold us a day trip to Huanglong.

On the way to Huanglong, this driver took us to a black market to buy oxygen for 50 Yuan per bottle. Inside the park, they sell the same can of oxygen for 15 yuan. Our lousy driver had told us that there isn't oxyen for sale inside the park. Of course, the 3 hour drive back with him was not a happy ride. I did wait until we arrived in Jiuzhaigou to give him a good yelling.

I hope this is not becoming a common problem.

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Please put this in the scam warning.

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thanks for the tip guys

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thanks for the tip guys

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