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Know when not to tip in China

Posted by Fodor's Editors on July 24, 2011 at 1:00:00 AM EDT | Post a Comment

It's officially forbidden by the government, and locals simply don't do it. In general, follow their lead without qualms. Nevertheless, the practice is beginning to catch on, especially among tour guides, who often expect Y10 a day. Official CTS representatives aren't allowed to accept tips, but you can give them candy, T-shirts, and other small gifts. You don't need to tip in restaurants or in taxis. In Hong Kong, hotels and major restaurants usually add a 10% service charge; in almost all cases, this money does not go to the waiters and waitresses. Add on up to 10% more for good service. Tipping restroom attendants is common, but it is generally not the custom to leave an additional tip in taxis and hair salons. See our China Travel Guide.

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