Forums > Living in Kunming > Travel w/ Cancelled Passport?
I am a little confused. The “RESIDENCE PERMIT FOR FOREIGNER IN THE PEOPLES REPUBLIC OF CHINA” is a sticker, used since at least 2005, on a page in my passport.
The flimsy piece of paper is the “REGISTRATION VOUCHER OF RESIDENCE FOR VISITORS FROM OVERSEAS” which you get from the local PSB office when you do the household registration.
In June 2005, when I renewed my passport I was not given a new “RESIDENCE PERMIT” but was told to carry both the new and hole punched old passport. I did go to the local PSB office and got a new “REGISTRATION VOUCHER OF RESIDENCE” from the local PBS. I traveled in June 2005 with both passports with no problem.
In July 2005, I got a new “RESIDENCE PERMIT” in July and began to travel again but without my old passport. I had a lot of trouble checking into hotels and in Shanghai the police were called. It turns out the hotels needed to know the date of my last China entry. The police were cordial and advised I carry my old passport.
Instead, I flew to Zhuhai, walked into Macau and back into Zhuhai with the requisite new entry stamp. End of problems.
Forums > Travel Yunnan > Nujiang Itenerary
@alien: I agree. Riding the train or bus in the day time is a good way to appreciate the country. I would use the ride to plan additional trips based on what I saw.
Planning can be over done as well. Speaking pretty good Mandarin can be (or was 20-25 years ago) pretty useless in the hinterlands. I would start with a list of stops and then just go for two or three weeks. I found flexibility reduced stress and disappointment.
I got to over 90 cities in China with few problems by going alone and just going.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Fedex US->China
Here is the Kunming address I had the best luck with:
Jiang Dong Si Ji Gong Yu, Apt 1708
Beijing Lu, Panlong District, 650224
Kunming, Yunnan, P.R. China
Stuff was sent US mail and took about two weeks. The English was to get it going in the right direction. The Chinese address in Hanzi is correct with a phone number. Customs will call if necessary. These days you get a US tracking number but it was useless in China
I gave up on FEDEX as it was left in the university mail room with a few hundred other FEDEX packages in a big pile.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Metro: X-Ray Scanner and Aerosols
Really surprised about metro restrictions for carryon stuff. Airport security people are well trained and work in teams but not sure about metro and bus station Nazi wannabes. At least you can turn around and walk away and catch a taxi.
Some flying rules I have run into:
You can carry ONE cigarette lighter on your person. It cannot be in your carryon luggage.
There are restrictions on lithium batteries as well: size, number, and total watt or amp hours. In the US there are regulations but each airline has its own rules. I can, for example, fly with my power chair on Delta but not United.
Multiple spare lithium batteries for cameras and battery banks can be a problem.
Other items prohibited: tent pegs, badminton racquets, fishing rods, and tools.