DENIED entry to a Chinese BEACH without my PASSPORT!?!

“Life’s a BEACH, in China” So I’m listening to the conversations in the crowd here. Apparently, you need to book ahead of time and then get a ah… like a number on your phone, and then you come here and put your ID card and you get it. So of course, I’m not going to get in. Which is ridiculous. So I’m going to go and talk to the security here and see if it’s at all possible for me to go in. So guys. Once again. I’m here to show you how to survive in China without a car. Today is a very strange day or not really strange if you live around here. It’s a typical strange summer’s day here in Shenzhen where one minute you’ve got beautiful blue skies and the next minute a massive torrential downpour. So umbrellas required. Anyway. Last time we took the subway, and that’s easy mode. It’s pretty easy to figure your way around. It’s all in English. Well, you can change the machines to English. It’s very straightforward, but today we’re going to take a bus. It’s a good thing. I bought my swimsuit because we’re going to go to Shenzhen’s most popular beach today and it’s usually jam-packed, but luckily it’s a weekday. So it should be quite nice and pleasant out there. All right. So this is what a bus station more or less looks like. Very simple to spot. They usually have an awning over the top and you’ll see here is the name of the bus stop at the top. The Diwang Dàshà, Diwang building bus stop and underneath it has a list of all the buses that leave from this station. Of course, on the opposite side of the road… Okay, which you can see down there will have the same bus stop you know with the buses going in the opposite direction. Anyway, back to this. Unfortunately, there is no English on these bus stops but what you’ll be able to do is. You’ll be able to see, for instance, this is where we start and it’s kind of handy because you can see the metro station there. So these. You know. That’s where the metro will get you so if you’re familiar with the metro system you’ll be familiar with where these places go and… ah… you know you can understand Chinese. At least, I understand a well enough to know what most of these characters mean. It also gives you information like the times over here. The times in which the the buses run and you know every five to six minutes or every seven to eight minutes. It will arrive during these different times. Anyway, looking at all of these. There is not a single one of these buses that will take me to where I need to go. Well, since that bus stop did not have a bus that goes all the way to the beach so I’m going to just walk around until I find a bus stop that actually does have the bus. It’s entirely possible to use an app. In fact, if you just Baidu which is the equivalent of Google you can quite easily find the routes but once again you have to be able to type in Chinese and understand Chinese. Okay, so this is the Shenzhen Shūchéng bus station. Let’s see what we’ve got here. 29. No. 85 No. No… no… no. That’s Mén Dōng. Never mind. No. Shā tóu. Shā tóu. Ah. There we go. Xiǎo Méi Shā, If it goes to Xiǎo Méi Shā. It goes to Méi Shā. Méi Shā Diǎn. So that’s where I want to go there. That’s a lot of stuff. Go take a look at that. That’s going to take like an hour and a half. It’s like 20 plus stops maybe 30. Anyway. That’s where I’m going so I’ve got to take the bus. 103 Easy enough. Now before I get on the bus, I have to tell you how you actually pay when you get on the bus. There are two kinds of buses. Those with a fixed rate. In other words, their entire route will cost say 2 RMb or maybe 2.5 RMB and then you have, you know, sort of variable rate buses like the one I’m taking. Because it goes so far, it’s not fair to charge somebody a set rate so they’ll charge you like 2 RMB to go for about five to ten stops. I’m not sure the exact amount but then you know you go past that amount you have to pay more. Now, the ones that have a set fee is fairly easy as you step on the bus. They have a little machine. You can either swipe your card if you’ve got like a local Shenzhen Tong as it’s called or you can drop some coins or notes into a little sort of machine that the bus driver has but there’s no change. So it has to be exact. The second type will usually have a bus lady or bus assistant and what she will do is she’ll come up to you and actually ask you where are you going. And then you tell her the destination. This is where you need to know your Chinese. You tell her the destination and then she will tell you how much and you can either scan a card on their special machine or give her a cash and she can actually give you change. There comes my bus. The 103. All the way to Dameisha which is the small… the smaller beach. Okay, looks like it’s going to be standing room only. Watch the mad rush. See that’s a big problem. You’re suppose to let people off first. So. I got a little ticket and it cost five RMB to go the entire length of this bus. Unfortunately, it is full. So there are no seats, and this is like a probably hour-and-a-half journey. Hopefully, a seat will clear up a little later along the routes but you know this is what I… ah… This is what I do for you guys. My subscribers. (laughs) Ah. Good. I’ll go sit at the back. Now, don’t expect any English when it comes to the buses although there are actually English announcements. The problem is that the English announcements don’t help. Listen. Get on if you heard that correctly but if you know in Chinese, it says the next stop is Chun-Li then in English it says the next stop is Chun-Li. If you don’t know what Chun-li is. It’s not a Street Fighter 2 character. You’re not going to know what you’re doing, so once again. If you’re going to take a bus, you kind of need to know where you’re going it probably has to be following like a GPS on your phone to see if you’re kind of in the area or you have to memorize the name. Well done to get stuck into the journey. I will see when I get there. ( music starts ♪♫♬ ) ( ♪♫♬ ) ( music fades ) Right. So I’ve arrived at the bus station. Which is closest to the beach. I got a little bit of a walk so let’s go and see what this beach is all about. Judging by all of those sort of floating rings and swimming costumes and all that kind of thing over here. I’d say I’m pretty close to the beach. For those of you who are interested. It took about an hour and 10 minutes to get here on the bus. It’s shorter than I expected. Anyway, let’s go to see this beach. I’ve arrived at the entrance way to the beach. The Dà méi shā beach which is the most popular in Shenzhen, and it’s got a security checkpoint and sort of turnstiles and all sorts of nonsense um…. and… Well, let’s see if I can get in because things have changed since I was here last. Okay, so this is something that you’ll probably only ever get in China. In order to get onto the beach, you actually have to come and get a ticket from these machines. I guess it costs money. Let’s find out. See what’s going on here. So I’m listening to the conversations in the crowd here. Apparently, you need to book ahead of time and then get a… ah… like a number on your phone and then you come here and put your ID card and you get it. So of course, I’m not going to get in. Which is ridiculous. So I’m going to go and talk to the security here and see if it’s at all possible for me to go in. Okay so apparently, he wants me to show my passport which I didn’t bring along with me so let’s see if they’ll let me through anyway. Maybe I have a copy on my phone. Okay, so I have a copy of my passport on my phone. Let’s see if these guys at the security will accept that. Scan my stuff first. Well, I mean, it’s convoluted. It’s ridiculous but they’re reasonable if you just talk to them. Thing is uh… I wasn’t expecting that I’d have to show my passport to get onto a beach and go through security scanners, but there you go. Now let’s talk about the Beach itself. Well. It’s a good thing I’m dressed for the occasion anyway. Get a little bit of sand in my shoes. Let’s quickly talk about this beach because there are quite a couple of significant things about it. It’s free so it’s open to the public although as you can see now you have to actually register. This beach is always packed. Now you’ve got to bear in mind, it’s Thursday right now in the middle of the day sort of what’s it.. quarter past one on a Thursday and… uh… Hello.
Man: Hello. and you can see there’s still a fair amount of people but if you come on the weekends. Once again, you can’t actually walk here. It’s just not possible. And it’s actually “the stuff of nightmares” to be completely honest Anyway, in order to stop all the trash because I mean you just need to look anywhere here on the beach. You’ll see there’s trash lying around. It’s just the… It’s unfortunately still the Chinese way. So you know when it gets really crowded, it’s just full of trash and so in order to stop that and in order to stop the overcrowding. They do have this new registration system in place. C-Milk and I did a video about it. I’m going to link it so you can go and take a look if you like. But yeah. There we go. That’s the beach. It took… well it took just over an hour to get here. Cost me 5 RMB (0.75 USD) here. It’s going to cost me 5 RMB back. Exactly the same as the other day when I took the metro. So 10 RMB. It’s really not a lot. Unfortunately, it’s quite a hassle and once again not much for me to do here. Even though I did bring my… my bathing suit. I’m not going to really go swimming or anything, so I’m basically just going to turn around and go straight back. (laughs) Hope you guys found this informative. Next time, we’ll be trying a different kind of transport here in the city and until next time… you know the drill guys… as always… Stay awesome! Oh and don’t forget. If you want to go to the beaches here in Shenzhen, bring your passport along apparently. or at least a copy on your phone like I did. What a pain in the ass. Who’d want to go to the beach with their passport. It will get lost and full of sand. ( music starts ♪♫♬ ) (♪♫♬ ) (music fades) So I’m on the bus back and just in the nick of time, it’s just started raining. Told ya. Shenzhen’s weather is weird. Now the interesting thing about this bus is that it’s actually a hybrid diesel electric. In other words, the actual drive of the bus is electric but it uses a diesel generator to kind of generate electricity and a lot of the buses here in Shenzhen are actually fully electric. Obviously, this one goes on a very long trip so it needs to have the range. That’s why it’s a hybrid but I do believe that Shenzhen is trying to be the first city in the world to be fully electric when it comes to buses. I know at least in China. And it was the first city in China to introduce electric taxis so it’s kind of interesting to see how advanced the bus fleet and taxi fleet are here in the city. And you can hear right now we’re pulling off and very little noise.

100 Responses

  1. Kernow Forester says:

    As Britons, we had to show our passports to get into the Panda centre in Chengdu and at the Potala in Lhasa a few weeks ago. It seems where ever you go in China, you have to show a passport and go through security! I wish the UK govt would grow some balls, and tell the Chinese tourists that visit the UK in droves, they have to do the same thing!

  2. Jennifer Davis says:

    Why do you stay on China then???? 🙄😱

  3. George Tatton says:

    Sounds good to me, have you been to Blackpool England, lately?

  4. Doug Williams says:

    Are there beaches you can visit where no one visits?

  5. Ronald McFondle says:

    Gee. Let's go to the beach being a white guy in a "yellow" country, with a British accent, a camera, and a James Bond espionage costume. Then let us wonder why security raised the suspicion flag.

  6. freedom of riot says:


  7. yortzandat says:

    That beach is full of piss, shit, cum and vagina blood.

  8. Benjamin Elkanem says:

    People don't need passport to enter beach why are Chinese like this.

  9. Capt. Zheng says:

    such a liar

  10. david cooke says:

    I won't be going to China, bring your passport to go on a beach crazy, love your videos good stuff.

  11. Dan Le says:

    As a Asian man, i can fairly say that Chinese people are the most rude and arrogant mofos in the World . I have shared my country with them for years

  12. Mike Martin says:

    Got a big kick seeing the crowd at the beach in your video jajajajaja. Yeah I'm not going to the beach there. Pass. Probably catch something I don't need. Daytona Beach is my favorite. Funny comments below about your suit & tie wanting entry to the beach is nothing more than a big F laugh, no disrespect man just funny as Hell. Jajajajajajajajaaaaaaa!!!!! Ohh god jajajajajajaja!

  13. ezzin hamdi says:

    is more easy to use metro man. Also we have many app in playstore to find your station. The metro stations are in english and chinese.

  14. andrew kellers says:

    Even everyday things seem complicated always having to think every move is not for me….I like to run on auto pilot till something needs sorting…and not having to be switched on 24/7

  15. T Hyslop says:

    Good stuff. Oppotunity to peer into the Chinese culture from a anglo/saxon viewpoint.

  16. S W says:

    Mad! Come to New Zealand – lovely beaches everywhere, easy to access, FREE, no ticket or passport needed, no X-ray machines, no security dudes – just walk onto the beach. Sometimes busy in the height of summer but never overcrowded like china.

  17. dnshift1 says:

    You are right about that my man lol what kind of shit is that? You need a passport to enter the beach 😂😂😂 for what?

  18. zdenek marek says:

    It;s happening all over Europe the conversion to electric and even earth gas ! Thanks these vids you make are invaluable to me prior my first visit to China. Best Wishes. Live today !

  19. Feileks says:

    But what if it gets wet or lost/stolen when in the water? 🙁

  20. qolspony says:

    South Africans (the black ones) were denied access to many things when the whites were in control.

  21. Football Manager says:

    Same for orientals in the west man, always saying we LOOK too young so would need to see our passport, won’t accept our ID cards or anything, ask them if the white black people there have been check always get a NO because they don’t have to be checked

  22. Vinmango B says:

    dam chinese are rude

  23. Bobby Bingheimer says:

    Come to Florida no appointment needed I live near ft desota best beach in the world

  24. Ricky sa-vell says:

    Chinese people have no manners.

  25. Alois Urugen says:

    englishman in new world
    Oh, I'm an alien, I'm a legal alien
    I'm an Englishman in a new world…

  26. thomashrev says:

    click-bait, you were never DENIED entry to the BEACH, it was almost the opposite, he could not open the gate for you fast enough.

    Why lie? why not make a video explaining this phenomenon and show how you would actually buy a ticket online? lazy lazy…

  27. KIN says:

    Typical Chinese, they don’t care about letting people off first.

  28. David Vollandt says:

    "That is some getup you got on there, are you in the show??" Seriously. Suite, shined dress shoes, shirt undone, tie loosened and a 3 day beard to go to the beach…

  29. Raul Pedro says:

    Why do they have so much clothing on them? And it's so ridiculous to pass personal items through the scanner … without privacy

  30. Wei He says:

    I used to like your videos, but this could be the last one I watch, because they come with too much negativity.

    Firstly, the title, when a viewer reads "DENIED entry to a Chinese BEACH without my PASSPORT!", people would expecto see you being turned away at the gate, which was not true. After watching the video, what this should mean is "Need to show your ID to a beach in China"

    08:01… "it's got a security checkpoint and sort of turnstiles and all sorts of nonsense

    08:34 "Which is ridiculous."

    08:58 "… he wants me to show my passport which I didn't bring along with me". – Well, the guy said ”证件“, meaning ID, which does not necessarily mean passport. You sounded like you were singled out, but isn't the requirement of ID applying to everyone there?

    09:24 The caption shows "… to blow up the beach" – what about knifes or other weapons? The security system was put in place for a reason. I don't think your sarcasm is appropriate.

    09:55 ”Well, I mean, it's convoluted. It's ridiculous.“ – The security guard just let you in without a single question.

    Your videos are informative. You can make them more enjoyable to watch by staying factual and neutral.

  31. OneWatch says:

    Don't you think you are too loud in a public area such as bus? @serpentza

  32. Out of many One says:

    What do you call a Beach of Chinese? A pack of sardines.

  33. Hanson Kewl says:

    Similar to having your driver license on you at all times when you are driving, bring your chinese ID along with you whenever you go out

  34. Tim Sina says:

    Some reason, I just hate your face. Still, your vid comes as recommended.

  35. Tim Sina says:

    My understanding is you really hate China. And yet, they let you stay there? We would have either kicked you out or put you somewhere. You are too bitter for some reasons or not that Idk. I like your videos beside you having so much hatred.

  36. Rick Chung says:

    No entry,coz u r full of shit

  37. Vidya Sagar Rao says:

    u seem to be doing a lot of complaining – and have you checked out myrtle beach in the carolinas – you will find a lot more trash and some pan handlers even … and as trump has said .. if you dont like it … then go back to the shithole that your came from..

  38. Wayne J WU says:

    You are shamed to bring your South African passport? EVERY single aircrew from Australia hates dealing with SA passengers – rude , no manners, demanding, arrogant just LIKE YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  39. Wayne J WU says:

    You need a passport and address approval letter to buy a prepaid SIM card in South Africa too. hahahahha…. just came bk a week ago

  40. Tim Nie says:

    You are a South African actually but why you keep saying that you come from UK in previous videos? So stupid

  41. Valentine says:

    Huh! These Beaches!!!

  42. mark72141 says:

    They suspected you're a CIA agent.

  43. KungZoo says:

    Xiao Mei Sha looks rather different to how it looked 20 years ago!

  44. Jake L says:

    trash / cans in a beach is not a Chinese thing. if you ever to go Coney Island beach in Brooklyn, NY, USA you will see 10x more trash / glasses.

  45. Calvin Carlo says:

    How did you get the drone shots?

  46. Makinja says:

    So why go to the beach if there's no intention to swim or even lie on the sand?

  47. Lloyd Wright says:

    Bloody crazy, they check your bags before you go to the beach?…i think your right mate, they want to
    prevent you from blowing up the beach. You also have to pay to go to the beach?..nuts…In Australia you don't have to pay to go to any beach..

  48. Andrew Ramsay says:

    Having lived in SZ, I can still recall the stench of the inside of those buses

  49. Michael Fischer says:

    Seriously, 3 hours of travel to not even get into the water…
    Wearing a suit and tie to the beach.
    What is wrong with you….

  50. 1pairfatchopsticks says:

    You should wear a tux next time

  51. Dulce Wilcox says:

    Book ahead for a day on the beach? Wow…I am not impressed. You need a copy of your passport too? I am definitely NOT impressed. Trash and overcrowding don't sound good to me.
    I live on the beach on the Island of Margarita off the mainland of Venezuela in the Caribbean Sea. My beach is pristine and there's hardly ever any crowds.

  52. Sky Dreams says:

    Where nude beach in China. Go there

  53. day spoiler says:

    they call that a beach lol

  54. Rag Rag says:

    Thank you for the service you are providing, your a gentleman dear sir, as a UK punjabi, I thank you for you contributing to knowledge. On other continents. Bless ya cotton socks.

  55. David Fricker says:

    why the security?

  56. al bundy says:

    British Agen at Work , He just does his Job do not distrupt please , Convincing Western Public " Comunism " bad thing .

  57. Nefi1996 says:

    WFT the minute 7:45 it appears to be on the inflable Donuts pile what looks like a promotional merchandise from a company in Spain called círculo de lectores , those aren't meant to be selled and neverless in China …. What the fuck , I'm tripping

  58. David Boulton says:


  59. R2 D2 says:

    you should bring a bikini or leotart!

  60. Steven Narine says:

    I wish you had a very strong Chinese accent

  61. Bart Van Raefelgem says:

    I think Mr Winston is aware he should have his passport on him at all times. Ignorning this and then complaining about this is quite sad. Positive discrimination is great but should never be taken for granted.

  62. Job Broadcast says:

    Good Video !

  63. plasmaastronaut says:

    winston my man, bit disappointed, could have fleshed out the visit a bit by talking to the beach goers, and taking a dip yourself, is the water a decent temperature? is it full of trash? get back to beach and redo this vid!

  64. M A says:

    Chine is a fucking shit hole. Whu would any white human want to live there?

  65. 大豬豬 says:

    if you dont like china, just get out here. fuck you and your family, you will be killed.

  66. Michel Ng says:

    This guy has nothing nice to say about China.

  67. Ryan Sutherland-Charlton says:

    that is awful , who made it so you have to register to get on a beach , sounds dystopian and backwards

  68. Pu ma says:

    Who goes to the beach all dressed up for a funeral?

  69. Alex Chan says:


  70. Nobody like me says:

    Dressing like agent 47 after hes treated himself to a new tie and ray bans will raise suspicions at a Chinese beach.

  71. OH FFS says:

    Damn your Chinese is pretty good! I am not from China or anything but i noticed you are pretty good… Thanks for sharing.

  72. Xuanyi Du says:

    Nice shots from the drones and your information on riding buses in China are completely correct!! I am from Shenzhen and I think you are way more shenzhener than me, haha

  73. hu nan says:

    I was denied to enter Shanxi history museum because I use British passport and no Chinese app Wechat.

  74. MYVIDEOTABLE says:

    For me , no point going to a beach where there are millions of people. Come to Australia and have the entire beach for yourself.

  75. The Mythbuster says:

    You have been profile just like what US Homeland Security do to suspicious character similar to you.
    Soon you may be declared a persona non grata status in China.
    Be ready to pack up and go home.

  76. Zenbeach Traveler says:

    You look hungry, you should go grab a German franks…. oh I miss walking those streets.

  77. Roger Dodger says:

    You need to book to go to the beach. The joys of overpopulation.

  78. Shiatbiatch says:

    I got in without my passport. I just showed them my penis.

  79. ida campo says:

    So many people everywhere. 😬

  80. Thomas Jejjerson says:

    How did you learn the language so well ?

  81. Little Bit says:

    And he talks about other people being arrogant!!! Why does he think he's superior & entitled??

  82. Antonio Izzo says:

    Ugly people thank god I was born In Zimbabwe

  83. SonKings says:

    What part of "China is a communist country" don't you understand. You keep calling them nationalist, they aren't. They are communist!

  84. Minh Nguyen says:

    You such a funny guy , the way you handle everything around you in China…such a charmer , u do have unique character, I think you fit for this job. I didn’t know you have to pay to get in the beach 🏖, and also bring a passport if u r a foreigner to go to the beach…. I guess that how this country makes money 💰 , they have to charge you for everything , and they have the most weird policies , I have ever heard of….well I hope you do well in every aspect. Thank you 😊

  85. People Evil says:

    Come over to NYC coney island beach. Trash every where

  86. hml says:

    Man, stop your stupidity and stay at home. You are so ridiculous. Are you some kind of inspector? Take your prejudices to your home. Shame on you man!

  87. Tim martino says:

    Just bought a suit…its in my Country sign of a prosperous man…if someone wearing a suit everywhere..

  88. Terry Carter says:

    Very informative thanks for a very interesting video. I live S/E of UK and can reach the sea within 20 seconds no passport required. But it is now 2019 lol

  89. jeppie1pit says:

    You a South African😁👍

  90. cing earth cingearth says:

    boring !

  91. ReptoidHumidian says:

    Shenzhen weather is Miami weather!

  92. P Pumpkin says:

    I'm here to stay awesome.

  93. Gang Zhu says:


  94. Samuel Hall says:

    This is why China is so lame. Looks like the most boring and overcrowded beach ever!

  95. Lucky Yiw says:

    This stupid guy spends all his life trying to be smart and earn some money at the expense
    of other people culture and way of life. just go get a proper job instead of been a trouble maker
    and show that kind of white supremacist rubbish. remember youre in China. China is just more than amazing
    no matter how you try to twist or articulate your stories. No contest when comes to China ho.ho.ho

  96. Colin Ralphson says:

    american shouldn't be allowed abroad…i know that area well… it's brilliant..

  97. Richard Le says:

    China is a racist place ‼️‼️‼️Shit hole

  98. jeeja jee says:

    well it should not be ridiculous , every country has rules , when u enter USA they well take off ur clothes , or just pass their street they call 911 , this is the same thing they want to prevent any accident ,

  99. maria jose cruzat says:

    So, you went to the beach, didn't like it so went home again. Well, that was informative wasn't it?

  100. Smileyone says:

    So people in China litter trash wherever they like? And it's acceptable?

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