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.
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...
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?
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?