The Rare Norm last month Share Tweet Pin Share Shanghai cab drivers are hands-down the worst I’ve met of all the cities I’ve visited. Aside from the fact that they often ignore passengers (I spent ~1 hr trying to catch one home from the theater), they’re also ready to scam anyone they can. This summer I had a cab driver turn off the meter once we started driving, and he proceeded to try and tell me my cab fare was ~100 yuan. The drive was a short one, probably would have been 20 yuan. After some negotiation we agreed to 50, and I relaxed for the rest of my ride. About 2 blocks from my destination, the driver turned around and started demanding 200 yuan from me if I wanted to reach my destination. It caught me completely off guard. Since I was already holding 50 yuan, I seized my opportunity at the next traffic light, threw the money on my seat and got out to walk. The driver proceeded to follow me for 2 blocks, yelling what I can only imagine were chinese obscenities at me the whole way. He only left when I reached my destination and went inside. This was far from my only negative experience with taxi drivers in Shanghai, but it was one of the more notable trips. I had a handful of great drivers in my time there, but they were definitely a minority compared to the crooks. Even the locals I spoke with expressed the same sentiment. I was unable to get DiDi working on my phone, otherwise I wouldn’t have taken a single taxi there.