don’t ever go to beijing

So, generally speaking I have had an amazing time here in China. I really like Shanghai, the food is great, there are a million of fascinating images and it’s encouraging to see how open commerce is really helping to build something significant here.

With that being said, I hate Beijing.

And this is the first time that I’ve ever said that this about a city, state or country. Over the years I have traveled and lived in a lot of places, but in only two days of being in Beijing I’ve met more bad people than in all 24 prior years of my life together. What means bad. Dishonest, insincere, ruthless, heartless and with absolutely no morals or ethical standards. A very sad place.

I got suckered into some sort of police-supported scam that cost me half-a-month of rent, taken on a ride by a cab driver who tried to make a fortune of what should have been a $5 trip (resulting into a brawl at my hotel parking lot) and dropped off in the middle of the freeway by a tour bus driver who had missed the exit. And there is more.

If you plan on visiting the summer olympics in Beijing in 2008, don’t. There are much better places with much better people in China. Beijing really is a bad place.


  1. Anonymous January 9, 2006 at 11:38 pm

    Mario, I am sorry to hear about all this. Unscrupulous people really do suck.

  2. Anonymous January 11, 2006 at 2:02 am

    “Dishonest, insincere, ruthless, heartless and with absolutely no morals or ethical standards.”

    How will you ever make it in the american business world if you don’t embrace these qualities?