Be warned… China is notorious for fakes, forgeries and counterfeits. Counterfeiting is now so big from a manufacturing point, officials are reluctant to shut it down completely, since it provides millions of badly needed jobs.
This incomplete historical list is just to give you insight into the breadth and array of the type of things to watch out for….
Fake Adidas Shoes Known as “Dadiads” or “Adivon” or “Adidoss” or “Adddis” of “Abcids” or “sdidsa” or “Adiads” of “avivas” or “adibos” or “abibas”
Fake Alcohol Various estimates suggest around 70% of all alcohol in China, rising to 80% in Shanghai, is fake.
Fake Apple Shops Over 22 fake Apple stores plastered with Apple’s trademarks, layout, furniture, materials design and down to the staff t-shirts and ID tags. The illusion was so perfect that even the employees thought the place was legit.
Fake Apple Watch fake smartwatches copying Apple’s design started popping up in China the week of launch of the real thing. The Smart Watch by Hyperdon copies the design of the Apple Watch. In fact, it was able to connect to the iPhone, take calls, play music and more.
Fake Armani known as “Anmani” or “Armwni” or “Girgio Armwni”
Fake Auto Parts auto parts made in China are unreliable, dangerous knockoffs of well-known international brands. The result is shoddy goods that often make their way around the globe.
Fake Baby Formula In 2004, 47 people were accused of producing fake instant baby formula that led to dozens of children dying in Fuyang, China, reported CBS News. The formula contained very few nutrients, was likely made of chalk, and made the children develop a “big head disease,” which made their heads swell and the rest of their bodies slowly deteriorate.
Fake Baking Soda “Arm and Hatchet”
Fake Bananas Truckloads of fake Dole Bananas called Bole Bananas were seized in 2014 in the south of China.
Fake Banks Occasionally, a 2nd or 3rd tier city businessman, creates a replica storefront of a major bank, and invites locals to come and deposit money.
Fake Batteries One-fourth of the Duracell and Energizer batteries are bogus and may only work for two days before they cut out.
Fake Beef (from Pork) Because pork is less expensive in China, some restaurants have sold it instead of beef – but not before they performed some chemistry on it. What they use are a beef extract and a glazing agent to “marinate” the meat in for 90 minutes. Doctors have advised people to stay away from this fake food product as its long-term use may cause “slow poisoning, deformity, and even cancer.”