There’s quite a lot of beggars scattered around China. Although there are some who are truly helpless and deserve pity, there are many who fake misfortune for profit. In fact, there are even big organizations of beggars that do such a thing.
Many Chinese, and even foreigners, are aware that the beggars they see on the streets may not be genuine. Yes, even beggars in China can be fake. A sad situation, but one that would occur anywhere when there is greed and people with sympathy.
The questions most people have when faced with a beggar are whether he really is a beggar and should I give him money?
Here are a series of photos depicting a beggar “caught in the act”:
My advice is to be safe and just ignore beggars. If you really want to help then buy them food instead.