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Tipping in China

What is tipping practice for visitors to China?

Quality service deserves a good tip
Quality service deserves a good tip

Answer: In recognition of the good service, tipping waiters and maids in high-level western restaurants, guides and drivers from an organized tour group, as well as bellhops who take your luggage to the room has become gradually accepted as common practice in China as elsewhere in the world. But it is still unnecessary to tip when taking a taxi, hiring a car or dining in Chinese restaurants. Please kindly note that in some Chinese cities but especially the internationalized metropolis of Hong Kong and Macau, tipping is very common.


Must I tip when I enjoy the good service?

Answer: Actually, tipping is not a must but will be greatly appreciated. Since it is a personal matter, please do not feel uneasy about it. What or when you choose to tip depends entirely on how you rate a service but you are not under any obligation to do so. But we suggest you tipping those who have been especially kind and done extra service for you.


When and where should I Tip?

Answer: Tipping frequently occurs when you are in a tour group, superior hotel, western restaurant, or somewhere else when you are satisfied with the service. Remember that it is not necessary to tip in roadside eateries, snack stalls or even quality Chinese restaurants. Sometimes the bill in quality Chinese restaurants may have already included about 5% - 15% service charge. Tipping taxi drivers or skycaps is also unnecessary.


Our travel consultant with guests
Our travel consultant with guests
How much should I tip?

Answer: For the bellboys or waiters of high-level hotels and western restaurants, 5-30 RMB (1 - 5 US dollars) may be appropriated. If you are uncertain about how much to give, just to tip based on your bill. Generally, 10% - 15% of the bill is the most proper amount. For the tour guide and the driver, 10-70 RMB (1 - 10 US dollars) a day per person is adequate.


Do I have to tip when join an organized tour?

Answer: Tipping guides and drivers of an organized tour is now done in China, especially for the guides who are professionals and go to guide schools. Bus and private car drivers also get tipped but about half per day as a guide depending on the amount of driving required. Please kindly note that the quotation offered by tour agencies usually doesn't include the tips for the guides and drivers. So if you are satisfied with their service, you may tip them yourself.


Do I always have to tip in cash?

Answer: If you like, cash is sure a good way. Another way, in which you can express your appreciation of service from your tour guide or driver, is a small gift such as foreign cigarettes, wine, candies, hats or T-shirts, even a lipstick or nail polish. Small gifts or spare change left in the room for maids is also appreciated.

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