According to the source of all knowledge, Wikipedia:
the Forbidden City was constructed from 1406 to 1420, and was the former Chinese imperial palace and winter residence of the Emperor of China from the Ming dynasty to the end of the Qing dynasty, between 1420 and 1924. The Forbidden City served as the home of Chinese emperors and their households and was the ceremonial and political center of the Chinese government for over 500 years. Since 1925, the Forbidden City has been under the charge of the Palace Museum, whose extensive collection of artwork and artifacts were built upon the imperial collections of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The Forbidden City was declared a World Heritage Site in 1987. (Citations omitted.)
The Forbidden City is situated across the street from Beijing’s Tiananmen Square. It can be easily accessed from just about any part of the city via several city buses and Subway Line 1’s Tiananmen East and Tiananmen West stations. These photos were taken in February 2011.
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A young Chinese man approached me inside the palace complex and asked if I wanted a free tour in English. I’m leery when strangers approach in crowded public places especially when they are offering something for free but took him up on the offer.
I was glad I did because he provided an amazing private tour. His knowledge of Chinese history appeared to be excellent as was his command of English. I was so impressed that I insisted on paying him something for his effort. Tipping is uncommon in China and that hat may have been a faux pas even though tour guides and drivers generally accept small gratuities.
Would you have tipped in that situation? In China, I generally tip a dollar or two for daily maid service (depending on the effort required to clean the room) but that’s about it. What is your experience with tipping in China and other Asian countries?