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Oct 6, 20, 3:18 am
Replies: 45
Views: 4,320
Posted By 889

The US apparently only requires SM IDs for...

The US apparently only requires SM IDs for certain specified sites, so FB but not FT.
Forum: China
Oct 6, 20, 12:32 am
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

When you get into that mood where you start...

When you get into that mood where you start picking fights with locals -- no matter how justified -- it's a red flag you need to get out of China for a spell.

Particularly when your targets are...
Oct 1, 20, 2:25 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By 889

Just to put this in perspective for those who...

Just to put this in perspective for those who don't understand the rules.

A HK Permanent ID cardholder who's been living and working, say, in Britain since 1997 qualifies for the HK$10,000 payout...
Sep 16, 20, 6:11 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 752
Posted By 889

And even if you do succeed in opening an account...

And even if you do succeed in opening an account at HSBC, you very likely will at some random point in the future receive a letter inviting you to visit your local branch before a date certain to...
Forum: China
Sep 16, 20, 12:51 am
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

It's "insignificant" only if it's not you or a...

It's "insignificant" only if it's not you or a loved one killed or injured.

By the way, can you point to some statistics on that, or are you just guessing.
Forum: China
Sep 15, 20, 1:19 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

It's a question of your perspective, isn't it....

It's a question of your perspective, isn't it. Those who spend most of their time on foot -- and who've learned they now always have to look back before making the slightest deviation in their...
Forum: China
Sep 14, 20, 9:08 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

Not a hazard? They come up from behind, silently....

Not a hazard? They come up from behind, silently. Young guys especially seem to think it's a sport to almost sideswipe you. Especially if they're loaded down -- gas canisters anyone -- they can...
Sep 13, 20, 9:37 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 4,320
Posted By 889

And if you're in a protest that urges Somebody...

And if you're in a protest that urges Somebody Else to resign?

Why beat around the bush. If you engage in any political activities that aren't pro-Government, you are now at risk. Just like the...
Forum: China
Sep 13, 20, 7:54 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

E-bikes are something else entirely! If you...

E-bikes are something else entirely!

If you followed my posts you'll see I'm talking about decades ago and the traditional bicycle.

Those e-bikes are a real threat to safety and ought to be...
Sep 13, 20, 1:02 pm
Replies: 45
Views: 4,320
Posted By 889

I'm not saying for certain it happens, but if...

I'm not saying for certain it happens, but if you're involved in Hong Kong-related protests overseas, your working assumption should be that faces are somehow being collected and identified if they...
Forum: China
Sep 12, 20, 10:17 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

​​"Why defend cyclists?" The cyclists...

​​"Why defend cyclists?"

The cyclists weren't endangering lives! They just hadn't paid the bike tax. So emblematic of how the police -- and not just in China -- go after easy pickings targeting...
Sep 12, 20, 9:58 pm
Replies: 1,770
Views: 215,930
Posted By 889

Take Ukraine off the list for the time being....

Take Ukraine off the list for the time being. Borders have been closed to foreigners again and won't re-open until the end of September at the the earliest.

And if you're thinking of heading to...
Forum: China
Sep 12, 20, 9:00 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

There used to be a rule in most cities that you...

There used to be a rule in most cities that you had to register your bike. You paid a fee and got a small plate for the bike and a small plastic holder to hold the registration itself. All done after...
Forum: China
Sep 12, 20, 12:40 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

Traffic cops standing out there on a small podium...

Traffic cops standing out there on a small podium in the middle of a big intersection directing traffic used to be a common sight. Some of them put on quite a show, with their white gloves and...
Forum: China
Sep 12, 20, 1:06 am
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

Hunched over your bike with your parka covering...

Hunched over your bike with your parka covering your tell-tale hair and nose, you finally stopped sticking out and melded in.

Not to mention that bikes were a great way to explore the hutongs.
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Forum: China
Sep 11, 20, 11:17 pm
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

In the mid-'80s, there were indeed rivers of...

In the mid-'80s, there were indeed rivers of bikes flowing through Beijing and other Chinese cities. One of the great experiences of the time was hopping on a bike, heading into the current and...
Forum: China
Sep 8, 20, 1:24 am
Replies: 70
Views: 2,087
Posted By 889

"On streets that have both sidewalks and bike...

"On streets that have both sidewalks and bike lanes, we should take license plate photos of the SF and McD guys...report to their companies, rather than the police."

Oh no. My strong advice is...
Aug 31, 20, 3:38 pm
Replies: 10
Views: 6,599
Posted By 889

Your Russian friend cannot transit in the U.S....

Your Russian friend cannot transit in the U.S. without a visa. There is no question whatever about this. (Transit without visa in the U.S. was "temporarily" suspended right after 9-11.)
Aug 30, 20, 11:04 pm
Replies: 1,770
Views: 215,930
Posted By 889

I don't know. But not knowing how the rules are...

I don't know. But not knowing how the rules are applied has been par for the course the past several months.

Of course you can wave hotel bills and old boarding passes (you did save them, didn't...
Aug 30, 20, 8:52 pm
Replies: 1,770
Views: 215,930
Posted By 889

"I have a US passport and have been in the UK for...

"I have a US passport and have been in the UK for 3 weeks and I will be here for the next couple months."

Did you get an entry stamp in your passport? As I've mentioned a couple of times before...
Aug 22, 20, 2:03 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,848
Posted By 889

It would be more than useful if those giving...

It would be more than useful if those giving advice would cite and link their sources.

Here, for example, is the French Foreign Ministry's explanation of the rules. Can someone describe the OP's...
Aug 22, 20, 12:50 pm
Replies: 24
Views: 2,848
Posted By 889

"Entry by non-essential travelers is suspended...

"Entry by non-essential travelers is suspended regardless of COVID-19 test status."

What about those thousands and thousands of British travelers vacationing in France who were caught out by the...
Aug 22, 20, 3:12 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,848
Posted By 889

The immigration people at Heathrow who stand...

The immigration people at Heathrow who stand right where you have to choose whether to use the gates or the desk will tell you, "You won't get a stamp at the desk either." Of course you can try...
Aug 22, 20, 2:32 am
Replies: 24
Views: 2,848
Posted By 889

Whether using the automatic gates or fronting up...

Whether using the automatic gates or fronting up to the desk, American tourists no longer get passport stamps entering or leaving the UK. So save your boarding passes. There'll be nothing in your...
Aug 13, 20, 4:20 pm
Replies: 1,770
Views: 215,930
Posted By 889

"As far as I can tell as of right now other than...

"As far as I can tell as of right now other than a few minor Caribbean islands the only places open to Americans without any insane restrictions that i've confirmed through friends that actually went...
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