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Yesterday, 10:11 pm
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By 889

Of course it does depend on where you're starting...

Of course it does depend on where you're starting and where you're ending up.

But when you're heading to or starting from anywhere in central Guangzhou, then the traditional routes (either the...
Forum: China
Yesterday, 5:51 pm
Replies: 1
Views: 98
Posted By 889

Most train routes in China aren't too scenic, but...

Most train routes in China aren't too scenic, but the line between Zhangye and Xining is well worth taking.

If you're going to Zhangye for the Danxia formations, bear in mind that all those photos...
Forum: China
Yesterday, 2:45 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 163
Posted By 889

Just take normal precautions when using an ATM:...

Just take normal precautions when using an ATM: hide the number as you key it in.

Best to have two ATM cards in case there's a problem with one or it's lost. Note that sometimes banks will block...
Forum: China
Yesterday, 12:21 pm
Replies: 6
Views: 163
Posted By 889

You'll find a long thread here on pay-by-phone...

You'll find a long thread here on pay-by-phone apps. There may possibily be an exception or two now, but for all practical purposes to pay by waving your phone in China you need a Chinese bank...
Mar 19, 19, 9:00 am
Replies: 8
Views: 243
Posted By 889

-- On the Mainland, whatever the formal...

-- On the Mainland, whatever the formal restrictions on carry-on size and weight, you can usually bring aboard what you can carry. But there were many complaints when the new line opened that MTR...
Forum: China
Mar 18, 19, 8:01 am
Replies: 61
Views: 7,216
Posted By 889

The apostrophe is also a good reminder that Xi'an...

The apostrophe is also a good reminder that Xi'an is pronounced with two distinct syllables, not a dipthong.
Forum: China
Mar 10, 19, 9:16 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

Rookie on the Road Goddess of Sudden Braking

Rookie on the Road
Goddess of Sudden Braking
Forum: China
Mar 9, 19, 7:54 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

马路新秀 急刹天后

马路新秀
急刹天后
Forum: China
Mar 9, 19, 11:11 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

爱我追我 请勿亲我

爱我追我
请勿亲我
Forum: China
Mar 9, 19, 12:38 am
Replies: 5
Views: 504
Posted By 889

Yes, 3G can drain your battery pretty quickly,...

Yes, 3G can drain your battery pretty quickly, especially if your phone is older. But consider just getting a SIM and carrying around a power pack instead. A bit simpler than going the hotspot route....
Forum: India
Mar 6, 19, 3:51 am
Replies: 19
Views: 526
Posted By 889

Well, when I book international flights online...

Well, when I book international flights online I'm usually asked to enter my passport number at some point in the process -- expiry date often too -- but if that's not your experience on this booking...
Forum: China
Mar 4, 19, 2:53 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

Neophyte (or New Driver) on the Road in this...

Neophyte (or New Driver) on the Road in this context.

To quote Pleco on the second line:

騰雲駕霧〔腾云驾雾〕
tngyn-jiw
IDIOM
1 (of mythical beings) ride the clouds and fly on the mist
2 feel...
Forum: China
Mar 4, 19, 2:00 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

新手上路 腾云驾雾

新手上路
腾云驾雾
Forum: China
Mar 4, 19, 12:00 am
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

Depends how you take it. It's not that far off...

Depends how you take it. It's not that far off "Take Care! Woman Driver Behind the Wheel."
Forum: China
Mar 3, 19, 9:00 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

No profanity! Just a bit sexist.

No profanity!

Just a bit sexist.
Forum: China
Mar 3, 19, 7:31 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

美女新手 请多关照 (not PC)

美女新手
请多关照

(not PC)
Forum: China
Mar 3, 19, 6:29 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 1,136
Posted By 889

帅哥新手 擅长急刹 If you can write characters...

帅哥新手
擅长急刹

If you can write characters properly, you can use something like Pleco.
Forum: India
Mar 3, 19, 4:02 pm
Replies: 19
Views: 526
Posted By 889

Not sure how you book flights without the new...

Not sure how you book flights without the new passport number, unless the airline allows a free change when you get a new passport.
Forum: India
Mar 3, 19, 7:12 am
Replies: 19
Views: 526
Posted By 889

You're in DC. Why waste time heading to the...

You're in DC. Why waste time heading to the embassy on an iffy chance.

Go the life or death emergency route and get a new passport.
...
Mar 2, 19, 8:15 pm
Replies: 36
Views: 1,818
Posted By 889

Keep the audience in mind! For those working...

Keep the audience in mind!

For those working in China or who've otherwise had their fill of Chinese life, the train probably seems unattractive.

But someone touring China? Of course they'll...
Forum: India
Feb 26, 19, 9:57 pm
Replies: 4
Views: 209
Posted By 889

No problem at immigration, but make sure they put...

No problem at immigration, but make sure they put the entry/exit stamps in the new passport.

Sometimes hotel clerks get flustered filling out Form C, though. (They should use your new passport...
Forum: India
Feb 26, 19, 4:30 am
Replies: 13
Views: 303
Posted By 889

I also wouldn't be eager to spend much time in...

I also wouldn't be eager to spend much time in Bombay on such a short trip. Kerala is so much more relaxing.

I stay in budget places, so I can't personally suggest anything higher-end in Varkala....
Forum: India
Feb 25, 19, 6:35 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 303
Posted By 889

The hotel situation at Kovalam is a bit better,...

The hotel situation at Kovalam is a bit better, but Varkala as a whole is a much better place to be. The walk along the boardwalk on the cliff over the sea is beautiful, especially if you continue...
Forum: China
Feb 20, 19, 9:27 pm
Replies: 356
Views: 60,797
Posted By 889

Just to be fussy, China carefully doesn't call...

Just to be fussy, China carefully doesn't call links between the Mainland and Taiwan, HK and Macau "international." They're usually referred to as "regional" or sometimes "cross-border" links
Forum: China
Feb 19, 19, 9:19 pm
Replies: 1,847
Views: 316,749
Posted By 889

Considering I posted this in the "China Visa"...

Considering I posted this in the "China Visa" thread . . . . .
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