Scalping at Olympics Officially Discouraged

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Aug. 18 – Beijing is cracking down on Olympics ticket scalpers, arresting and detaining individuals caught either buying or selling tickets without official permission. Prominently displayed signs around Olympic venues in both Chinese and English warn touts, and we have learned that foreigners have also been briefly detained and let off with a warning, after attempting to buy entrance into venues through such means.

Those selling tickets illegally are likely to face more serious punishments, including detention, confiscation of tickets and a fine.

Olympic organizers have said that every event in Beijing was sold out in advance, but many have complained that venues appear half empty during competition.

On Friday Beijing police detained 110 people, including at least one foreign national, for touting Olympic tickets near Games venues, state media reported.

China Briefing readers are reminded not to attempt to use touts when looking to buy tickets for events. We recommend instead contacting the Red Carpet Agency, should tickets for events be needed. Email: or