China: Know when not to tip

Tipping is a tricky issue in China. 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—many drivers insist on handing over your change, however small.