Just read this article from DimSum, and from that person's experience just reminded me of my friend who was scammed similarly also (but the folks were not threatening or anything). I am awfully wary about going to Beijing in the future. Should I bear distrust to Mainlanders from this generalisation? Well, for now, scams happen everywhere around the world, but when I do go to Mainland China someday, I will still be twice as paranoid as I would be in HK. It's more to do with a comfort thing I suppose. But then again, I never had problems with cocky HK people. I have always found that I can get away with most conversations. And they always speak to me in Chinese even though it is obvious I am back from overseas. The only thing I hate are the Golden Mile conmen who are mainly Indians or Pakistanis who are trying to sell you a fake watch. It's infuriating just thinking about them, as they are so in your face.