Forums > Living in Kunming > Advice on working as a tour guide for Spanish ppl
Thank you for sharing. Hopefully, you've learned to stand up for yourself and don't be a doormat for anyone, regardless of the job. They were NOT doing you a favor, you were doing THEM a favor - for five years.
Management should NEVER yell at employees - it's abusive and bullying behavior (unless you did something incredibly stupid and irresponsible the SECOND time and even then...it's just not professional and not acceptable).
Good luck with your new job - hope you meet a higher class of professionals than the yoyo's you worked with here.
As for tips - travel agencies should establish a guideline for tips - usually 15% is the standard, 20% for great services, less for whatever reason.
Back in 1995, we usually tipped our tour guides MORE than USD 100 for 2 week trips - (that's just us), which was actually a phenomenal tip back in those days - that did NOT include whatever crumbs the rest of the tour group would tip, and we ALWAYS tipped privately.
If you'd like to return to China to work legally, drop me a PM along with your short and long-term career goals. Your multi-lingual language abilities (to include Spanish) may be very useful in the future.
Forums > Living in Kunming > UK Citizens Brexit referendum vote
As I understand the BREXIT issue - which isn't very clear - the British were upset mostly about the influx of cheaper labor from the newer impoverished EU countries, that the EU snapped up after the USSR collapsed, making it difficult for local residents to find jobs. Getting hammered by the US lead global financial crisis didn't help - with all the bailouts.
The EU allegedly required the UK enforce gender equalization and other social responsibilities in the work force (equal pay, maternity leave, etc), so these hard won social benefits will be at risk of erosion by corporate UK.
Also, as I understand things - the UK still used the GBP and had not implemented the EUD/Euro as a currency - so that's a rather strong indicator of a rather half-hearted EU accession.
The EU itself was apparently rather ineffective - suffering from the chronic "can't please all the people all the time" syndrome, from their weak response to the global financial crisis, to dealing with the massive influx of middle eastern refugees and their rather diverse and different culture.
Forums > Living in Kunming > China Eastern infant ticket
Suggest you escalate to the floor supervisor immediately. If no joy, then escalate to the manager who sits far away in the airport office. Usually staff refuse to honor policy because they don't know how to do it and figure if they rebuff you enough, you'll just eat it. This requires incredible patience. Also, do NOT let them move you aside so they can serve other passengers, until the manager shows up. They'll try to move you to other counters...just stand still. Two people can play the game of being a rock...it's obnoxious, but so is stealing your money.
Just remember to be polite, smile a lot, and be obstinate and politely annoying to the best of your ability.
Having a crying toddler helps exacerbate your dilemma...politely. You may also use the opportunity to change your baby's diaper on the ticketing counter...since everyone's being politely rude.
The airline will also attempt to issue a voucher, but these things typically expire within 12 months or less. If you paid with a credit card - that helps - you MAY be able to reverse the charge with your credit company, but that's also an exercise in patience.
Forums > Living in Kunming > Is the Expo worth going to?
Prices are negotiable and better deals are to be had on the last days of the trade fair. Think of it as a gigantic swap meet...
Forums > Living in Kunming > Kunming Taxi Service Is Very Good
If you're going to pay double, use the uber-like taxi services. Cars are nicer, cleaner, and drivers more professional.
Better to pay the professional than the price gouger. You MIGHT consider reporting the government agency responsible for managing the taxis to the State Discipline committee for potential breach of fiduciary duty...just a thought...