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Forums > Living in Kunming > WTF! Separate arirfare for foreigners for doemstic flights

No, companies should be interested in making profits not subsidizing the cost of someone's travels just because of the way they look (yes, I'm saying it again because ultimately that's the only way of looking at it). The government is saying...lets subsidize our own and charge foreign devils more...how is that not discrimination? You should get a dictionary and check the meaning of discrimination buddy.

I have the right to express my views and I find it abhorrent to charge foreigners more than locals...nothing you say can change my mind on that and I've decided I won't fly with China Eastern or any airline that practices such discrimination, period.

I'm a consumer and I have the right to choose the companies I want to do business with, just like you and everyone else in modern China.

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Forums > Living in Kunming > WTF! Separate arirfare for foreigners for doemstic flights

14x sorry, but I beg to differ. I don't think Thailand and Vietnam are worse than China...neither country charges foreigners extra to fly. Btw I know plenty about nation states and since you're probably a foreigner, I don't see how or why you are supporting a system that clearly discriminates against you.

Also, the USA, Australia don't charge foreigners extra to fly in their countries (and if they did TRUST ME there would be people who would complain), so you can't come up with the flawed argument that foreigners should subsidize the cost of local's travels. Certainly not in China anyway. China has 1.35billion people and compared to its gigantic population foreigners are barely noticeable and represent a tiny fraction of the people present in China at any one time, therefore no airline in China is going to be making any extra money by charging foreigners extra as the vast majority of passengers on any given flight are Chinese. Hell, even on flights to/from other countries on Chinese carriers, you'll be hard pressed to find more than about 10-20 non-Chinese passengers...

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Forums > Living in Kunming > renting a car in Kunming

Somewhere in Kunming that is, since Hertz and Avis are no problem, but they only have offices in Shanghai and Beijing (and maybe Guangzhou, but I'm not sure).

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Forums > Living in Kunming > renting a car in Kunming

I know that place (is it China Car Rental, a nationwide chain?) BTW do they really insist on a Chinese credit card? What the hell is that? I mean, visa or mastercard should be accepted globally, but that's what I was told when I went there. I don't like the idea of having to give a cash deposit. I rarely have that much money in my wallet (3000 Yuan) and I'm certainly not going to make a credit card cash advance and have to pay all the interest they charge for doing that, so credit card acceptance when renting a car is mandatory, but can someone suggest a place where international credit cards are accepted?

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Forums > Living in Kunming > stuck up lao wai

LiWeiJiang - god, that must have been awful to experience that kind of verbal abuse towards your spouse. I mean, how must she feel when xenophobic strangers talk trash like that? I thought Chinese people held high views of the west, including marrying foreigners.

Or maybe that's only in Thailand? I've heard of numerous stories there, including one where in a small village in the north-east, 20 villagers ended up marrying Swiss men after originally just one of them did. All the girls there get respected the way they should. Sure, occassionally there is some discrimination, but these days there are so many foreigner-Thai couples and most of the foreign men are genuine, honest and of good means with good intentions, so it's a very normal thing to see a Thai-foreigner couple in Thailand these days...it's accepted and that's that.

Maybe not in China? Maybe I'm missing something here?

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It's clear who the brainwashed one is in this story - the western traveler (Thor). The locals know that Ebola wasn't what it was purported to be, hence why there was no need to take any special precautions.

Kunming seems to experience more disruptive and severe flooding than low lying cities such as Bangkok and Jakarta. Could be of course that these cities tend to have very predictable rainfall patterns and while their drainage systems are often clogged with garbage, flooding tends to be short-lived and confined to local areas rather than city wide. Upcountry towns located near rivers are the ones sometimes impacted by more widespread and severe flooding, again almost always during the rainy season. Of course there are also various parts of China, particularly in the central part of the country where flooding is a regular occurrence.

Good article but a few inaccuracies. This border crossing opened as an international border to foreigners in possession of Myanmar visas on August 28, 2013, not only 2016. Since then it has been possible to visit this area then proceed to other parts of Myanmar by air (or vice versa). The on-arrival permit system for foreigners without visas is still in place, reportedly the requirement to have a guide (for 1000 Baht a day and payment must be in Baht) is still in existence if you don't have a Myanmar visa, but with the e-visa system now it would seem rather odd not to go for a Myanmar visa even if you're only going to Kengtung and coming back the same way - you'll even save money by not needing a guide. You can always hire a guide for trekking around Kengtung. Of course, a guide may also come in handy if you intend on traveling by car with driver, however, it is not possible to travel west of Kengtung towards Taunggyi by road, except with a permit, though I hear none have been issued since around Dec 2016.

Many thousands of Thais cross the border between Mae Sai and Tachilek daily, so the author is greatly misleading readers when he claims only 5000 crossed last year. If he meant 5000 non-Thai foreigners, he may have been right but there are surely as many (if not more) Thai daytrippers crossing this border as has been the case for years, as Chinese who cross to Mengla or Muse from their respective border towns on the Chinese side. This is partially the case due to Mae Sai being an official border crossing for many years (by comparison, Mengla is not an official crossing even for Chinese) and there is a large market on the Burmese side that Thais like to visit.

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