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Apr 19, 20, 1:21 pm
Replies: 322
Views: 75,246
Posted By sinoflyer

If SA fails, I doubt that ZA would be without an...

If SA fails, I doubt that ZA would be without an international air carrier of its own for any length of time. Either 1) a new ZA-based international airline would be created immediately, like...
Forum: China
Feb 23, 20, 5:22 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 13,686
Posted By sinoflyer

But you are illustrating exactly the difference...

But you are illustrating exactly the difference between the quarantine in China and any semblance of that in the West. While you agree that some limitations on mobility are necessary, you question...
Forum: China
Feb 23, 20, 2:37 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 13,686
Posted By sinoflyer

You are applying Western cultural norms based on...

You are applying Western cultural norms based on personal freedom and individual-thinking to Chinese culture that regards people not as individuals but as elements of a larger humanity. Much of...
Feb 22, 20, 11:33 pm
Replies: 65
Views: 9,003
Posted By sinoflyer

Indeed, after achieving 1MM ~ 5 years ago, I...

Indeed, after achieving 1MM ~ 5 years ago, I shifted away from UA and now fly different airlines but concentrate most of my mileage earnings with AA and oneworld partners. It's great to come back to...
Feb 20, 20, 5:35 pm
Replies: 67
Views: 6,346
Posted By sinoflyer

I had the same feeling during my ordeal. Although...

I had the same feeling during my ordeal. Although I have by now dealt with CX enough times to not expect "one time exceptions," for this situation I realized how much I needed an advocate who...
Feb 20, 20, 2:10 pm
Replies: 27
Views: 3,296
Posted By sinoflyer

This is an extraordinary situation where you are...

This is an extraordinary situation where you are asking a regular US-based UA agent to process a "domestic" intra-EU infant ticket on a different airline. It's a once-in-a-lifetime scenario that a...
Feb 20, 20, 2:01 am
Replies: 67
Views: 6,346
Posted By sinoflyer

Here is my most recent experience with CX

I had a LAX-HKG-CPT trip on CX this week, purchased directly from CX during their "Black Friday" sale last fall. When the coronavirus happened, CX began canceling flights left and right. CX also...
Forum: China
Feb 13, 20, 5:19 pm
Replies: 78
Views: 13,686
Posted By sinoflyer

I don't doubt that at all, but I would be...

I don't doubt that at all, but I would be hard-pressed to believe that a significant number of people know how to "flip the Wall." Just for the sake of argument, suppose 10,000 people in a city of...
Forum: China
Feb 13, 20, 10:31 am
Replies: 78
Views: 13,686
Posted By sinoflyer

I have been going on the term, duan-wang (斷網),...

I have been going on the term, duan-wang (斷網), literally "severed Web," which has been used by media in Greater China (Taiwan, Epoch Times, Chinese exiles in Flushing, etc.) to describe the situation...
Forum: China
Feb 13, 20, 12:02 am
Replies: 78
Views: 13,686
Posted By sinoflyer

Wechat won't work for now, because Wuhan has been...

Wechat won't work for now, because Wuhan has been cut off from the Web.
Jan 24, 20, 12:28 pm
Replies: 7,620
Views: 1,067,265
Posted By sinoflyer

Bats are a recurring motif in Chinese arts and...

Bats are a recurring motif in Chinese arts and crafts because its word in Chinese, bianfu, is homophonic with "becoming fortunate." As an ethnic Chinese, I never knew (although I am not surprised)...
Jan 20, 20, 11:27 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By sinoflyer

Indeed, I had The Pier (J) in mind when size...

Indeed, I had The Pier (J) in mind when size matters. Impressive is the separate room (and it's quite a large room) just for serving tea. Doubly impressive is the fact that the lounge is in the...
Jan 19, 20, 11:29 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By sinoflyer

Perhaps the airports themselves (i.e., the...

Perhaps the airports themselves (i.e., the authorities operating them) are the bigger impediments to better lounges than the airlines. Something tells me that neither NRT nor HND (and SIN?) has the...
Jan 19, 20, 11:01 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By sinoflyer

For J pax in TYO, the NH lounge is as impressive...

For J pax in TYO, the NH lounge is as impressive as you can reasonably expect. TYO, for both JL and NH, just hasn't received the kinds of upgrades seen in lounges at other world-class cities. An...
Jan 19, 20, 10:32 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 1,877
Posted By sinoflyer

The NH J lounge at HND is much more impressive...

The NH J lounge at HND is much more impressive than the one at NRT. For one, HND has windows.
Forum: China
Jan 14, 20, 2:16 pm
Replies: 17
Views: 2,356
Posted By sinoflyer

If you think that this is the only realistic...

If you think that this is the only realistic chance to see the diaolou (i.e., you won’t be coming back to GZ anytime soon), then I would advise hiring a car in GZ to take you to some of the clusters....
Forum: China
Jan 5, 20, 4:43 pm
Replies: 16
Views: 2,081
Posted By sinoflyer

The more convenient Gulangyu ferry hauls a lot of...

The more convenient Gulangyu ferry hauls a lot of freight during the day. Many locals depend on it for their livelihoods, carrying literally chickens and vegetables on their shoulders to the markets...
Forum: China
Jan 1, 20, 11:31 pm
Replies: 11
Views: 891
Posted By sinoflyer

1. I would retrieve cash at the airport before...

1. I would retrieve cash at the airport before heading into town. ATMs of Bank of China, Hongkong/Shanghai Bank (HSBC) etc. are easy to find.

2. T-Mobile works in China. The roaming data is...
Nov 8, 19, 9:33 am
Replies: 26
Views: 7,173
Posted By sinoflyer

Less seriously, I often bring back lobsters from...

Less seriously, I often bring back lobsters from ME/MA and quahogs from MD/VA because we don't have anything like them on the Pacific. Dunno where the UA Twitter team got the idea that lobsters can't...
Nov 5, 19, 9:51 am
Replies: 419
Views: 130,769
Posted By sinoflyer

I deliberately left out CX's The Bridge in the...

I deliberately left out CX's The Bridge in the comparison to emphasize my point that, just because the SQ SKL is much more popular than the UC doesn't mean it's much better appointed than the UC. The...
Nov 4, 19, 2:50 pm
Replies: 419
Views: 130,769
Posted By sinoflyer

I would summarize the HKG SKL's popularity to...

I would summarize the HKG SKL's popularity to just one word, location. It's more convenient for most *A pax because it's located in the main hall right after exiting immigration. I prefer the UC much...
Forum: China
Oct 23, 19, 1:08 pm
Replies: 13
Views: 2,559
Posted By sinoflyer

:) As you has reminded me in another thread, this...

:) As you has reminded me in another thread, this is the airport shared by Wuxi and Suzhou. IIRC just several years ago it only had a handful of domestic flights and none of the regional ones like...
Forum: China
Oct 21, 19, 11:30 am
Replies: 14
Views: 1,070
Posted By sinoflyer

This will have to be a decision between giving...

This will have to be a decision between giving up, for one day, the creature comfort of a proper breakfast and passing up the chance, for a lifetime, to see pandas up close while they are awake and...
Forum: China
Oct 19, 19, 3:46 pm
Replies: 23
Views: 2,362
Posted By sinoflyer

More detail about your itinerary would be helpful...

More detail about your itinerary would be helpful for us to better assess your options. Will you be crossing China-Hong Kong during the morning, afternoon, or evening? Will you be carrying checked...
Oct 18, 19, 10:46 am
Replies: 52
Views: 25,801
Posted By sinoflyer

Too bad, so sad. I’ve been that guy in 21C before...

Too bad, so sad. I’ve been that guy in 21C before and I wouldn’t feel the slightest hesitation to move to 21D after the doors have been closed. 21G can shake their head all they want, but those other...
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