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May
11
answered Do you need to submit an itinerary to get a Chinese visa? And do you have to stick to it?
Apr
27
comment How do I prevent damage to electronic devices at airport security?
While they SAY ISO 800 or higher that's the limit for ONE exposure. When figuring the actual safety limit divide that 800 by the number of times you expect the film to go through security.
Apr
26
comment Why do airports sometimes detect traces of explosives in bags?
@MarkMayo: It's a false positive. Glycerin looks a lot like an explosive. (After all, consider nitroglycerin.)
Apr
26
revised Why do airports sometimes detect traces of explosives in bags?
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Apr
26
answered Why do airports sometimes detect traces of explosives in bags?
Apr
23
comment Is there a way to get to the top of Mount Everest without hiking too far?
It's the Mordor of Earth--one does not simply hike up Everest!
Apr
20
comment Is it dangerous to drive through Death Valley?
One more point to add here--the heat + no water kills QUICKLY. In climates not as harsh as this a person in good shape might get only a few miles before collapsing. Even if you know where you're walking out to you very well might not make it.
Apr
19
comment Can a tourist buy a gun in the USA?
One more point to add: While you might be able to buy a gun from a private party (Erik's answer) to actually carry it around has it's own licensing requirements separate from purchasing it.
Apr
7
comment Are restrictions on batteries when flying common in first-world countries?
The basic problem is that lithium batteries have a very low internal resistance. A shorted lithium battery can pump out so much current that it heats things to the ignition point.
Apr
4
comment Are there issues with street photography in China when using a professional camera?
I carry a Nikon D80 with a big lens--not pro gear but the average person isn't going to be able to tell the difference. Nobody's ever said a word about street photography.
Mar
13
answered Can I land before taking off?
Mar
9
answered What can I expect when bringing in my netbook to China?
Mar
4
comment Where in the world knowing Russian and English will not be enough?
Your list isn't complete but the idea is--in China English is basically limited to those who deal with tourists and those with good educations--not the sort of person a tourist will usually be dealing with. We have run into those with fairly good English a few times in areas that don't attract foreign tourists but these have been native tourists with 4-year degrees or higher, not people you would be dealing with.
Mar
3
comment Travelling with computers in the US
I think I've traveled at least once every year since the late 90s. Never have I removed a battery from anything. Back in the pre-TSA era I once had to power up my laptop--luckily the POST screen made them happy as I was using one with a bum battery--it would have died before Windows was done booting. I also ran into a fool who thought they had found something when they couldn't see through my camera--duh, the lens wasn't attached!
Mar
2
comment Travelling with computers in the US
Removing the battery?? Nobody has ever asked me to do that! My current laptop requires a screwdriver to remove the battery even, something I'm certainly not carrying on.
Feb
23
comment What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?
I've entered by air in Shanghai many times. The only time customs has shown any interest in our bags was when the guy was standing around and I was wheeling out a cart with 4 large suitcases (and no carryons), and my entry two days earlier definitely interested him. When my wife caught up and explained (she's a native speaker, I let her do the talking) it was a case of the bags taking two days to catch up to us he lost interest. Other than that they've never shown the slightest interest even the day she set off their nuke alarm.
Feb
23
comment What to expect at Chinese customs when bringing in items for friends who live there?
"2 Personal articles intended to remain in the territory, valued at RMB2,000 or above, carried by non-Chinese residents. " lets you bring in ~$300 worth of stuff ($600 as there are two of you) without having to declare it. I would think it likely that this covers everything but the earrings.
Feb
13
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Feb
13
answered Is it wise to pretend to be Christian to safely travel through the US?
Feb
13
comment What is “cattle call seating policy”?
@Gilles: While "cattle call seating policy" is travel specific, "cattle call" is not.