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Jun
10
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
No cab drivers for me! Technically this is right but there is no 6800 number visible anywhere and nowhere nearby has a visible number either. It turns out it is right at a subway stop though.
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
And I wouldn't have this blister on my foot from the long walk in my new thongs (flip flops). And I wouldn't've had to learn the Chinese word for "Band Aid". And I wouldn't've found out that the word is exactly the same word for "Bondi", which is where I live in Sydney! 邦迪
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
Damn me twice! That is exactly the same spot as the 6,800 Caiyun Road address. So I walked right past it yesterday. I remember seeing Kingworld Night Club. I hunted around some areas that felt likely but lacked numbers. I'm not sure if this was one of those areas. It's right at a subway stop so I think I'm going to pop down there for a look even though it's too late for the consulate now...
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
Damn me! Somehow I saw this address and in my head merged it with the address in Weiyuan Street due to my brain finding too many Chinese words to "sound the same". I've even had the consulate's page open in a tab the whole time!
Jun
9
comment Where exactly is the Myanmar consulate in Kunming, China?
If nobody already knows, I'm going to suss it out again myself during business hours and post the answer to help anyone in the same predicament.
Jun
9
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
I've tried to ask them about things before when I'm not in the country. It can take weeks to get escalated past the Indian call centre with their short list of possible questions and answers to somebody that actually can help. I asked in a branch about prepaid cards before my trip but I didn't think to ask about this and I don't expect to be back home for another four-five-or-six months.
Jun
8
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
I guess the very cheapest hotels where I stay don't worry about the up-front payment. This is the first time I didn't get a receipt from an ATM on my trip (over six months) and probably much longer. I was surprised.
Jun
8
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
Hehe I'm not buying air tickets or hotel rooms that take credit cards actually (-: It is pretty cheap but Vietnam was so ridiculously cheap that I keep thinking it's expensive here now! I went to BofC and could withdraw the amount I'm comfortable with carrying around. It didn't mention any fee and didn't give me a receipt either. In many other countries I often get a fee added by both my bank and the local bank (or government)!
Jun
8
comment Is lack of toilet paper a common occurrence in Japan?
What's with the stupid close votes? Getting caught in a toilet in a foreign country without toilet paper is a real problem real travellers face! I've damn well faced it a few times. At home I know what to expect. Overseas, why not ask people who've been there and know?
Jun
8
comment Is lack of toilet paper a common occurrence in Japan?
I don't remember a lack of toilet paper in Japan. In China it's a real problem. Here you have to pay for the packs of tissues but in my backpack I still have some of the free packs from my last trip to Japan a year ago!
Jun
8
comment Is there a particular bank in China that has the best fees and withdrawal limits using an Australian ANZ Bank ATM card?
ANZ and all Australian banks make it very hard to check that kind of stuff once you're already overseas. I remember being frustrated trying to figure out how to recover or change a PIN number on my last trip. Anyway as I'm overseas my Aussie bank is the one thing I cannot change now. I can only choose which ATM to use. From Googling it seems there may be no overseas ATM fee in China but I found no posts from 2015. It also seems that while withdrawal limits vary, they seem to all be more than what I need to withdraw. So better than the other countries I mentioned.
Jun
6
comment Can I travel to Burma/Myanmar over land across the border from China?
Well... Maybe... (-:
Jun
6
comment Can I travel to Burma/Myanmar over land across the border from China?
My experiences with following up on information of this nature in Cambodia and Vietnam has made me very sceptical indeed of how much must be done by an agent. But sometimes it even turns out that it's cheaper and quicker to go through an agent. Where are our expert travellers who have actually done this? (-:
Jun
6
comment Can I travel to Burma/Myanmar over land across the border from China?
@CMaster: I didn't get that impression. In the six months I've been in this part of the world I've met many people who had travelled there either before or after I met them. I don't think any did it overland from China though.
Jun
1
comment Going to China - The Great Firewall
@O.R.Mapper: I actually need the question as I'm in China facing this problem. I voted in line with our policy to show it's inconsistent and based on interpretation. As you see the people behind the policy were inconsistent and interpreted this question differently. Or something. Anyway it stays where others have been closed. Good for me.
May
31
comment Going to China - The Great Firewall
Downvoting just because the information doesn't seem to hold true now in mid 2015. For me in a hotel in Pu'er, Yunnan Gmail and Google Maps are also not working. We've also failed to get the VPN that we set up in advance a week ago to work. There was news in January 2015 that China is blocking VPN. Here's one of the stories about it, this one from USAToday.
May
22
comment What does it mean to be in the fast lane in California?
The first paragraph on that Wikipedia article is extremely hard to parse for me.
May
22
comment Can I roller skate on the street in France?
No city in Australia would ever grant any such thing to lowly skaters. I recall there were two events in Paris at the time, one in the daytime and one at night. I think the daytime one was for people of all levels and the night one was hardcore. I went on the daytime one in winter. I don't know if they were organized by the same people.
May
22
comment How do I go from Vientiane to Chiang Mai?
There's travel agents selling all kinds of bus tickets here in Vientiane and also many if not most hostels, guesthouses, and hotels also sell bus tickets.
May
22
comment Can I roller skate on the street in France?
This surprises me. I used to travel everywhere with my rollerblades and found France about the most skate-friendly place I'd been. Even in Paris there was a massive organized skating event right through the heart of the city twice per week I think. There would be police on skates to make sure drivers let the skaters through (presumably also there in case some skaters misbehaved) and I believe an ambulance was also trailing the pack. This was about fifteen years ago and regularly had thousands of participants. In Australia I've been hassled by the police for skating in every city except Sydney!