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9 Nov 2009

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Top 5: Tips For Vegetarians In China

You’re out  for a fancy dinner with a group of Chinese friends. On the table in front of you is a Lazy Susan and it spins to reveal tonight ... read more

17 Dec 2009
 

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Taking the Airport Express in Hong Kong

The Airport Express is the most efficient way to get to and from the airport in Hong Kong. But to buy tickets, you can't use credit cards or small ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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Have the taxi call your destination

Though there are technically more people in China who speak English as a second language than there are native English speakers around the world combined, you can't count on ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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Give your address in reverse

In Hong Kong, you can generally count on the taxi drivers to speak enough English to communicate with you. If they don't, they'll use their cell phone to ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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Memorize your passport number

After having to go through customs immigrations in enough countries, you pretty quickly understand why Paul Theroux once said, "Travel is only glamorous in retrospect." There are a lot of ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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You don't need to tip taxis

The overall rule of thumb in China is "just don't tip." Taxis in Mainland China will always give you exact change, but its more Westernized counterpart, Hong Kong, will ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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See the Light Show in Hong Kong

The Light Show, which happens on both sides of Victoria Harbor every evening at 8 pm sharp, is a must-see when touring Hong Kong. Most people go to the boardwalk ... read more

07 Dec 2009
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Paperclips for Passport

Always have two paperclips in your passport: one large one and one small one. Use them to mark the relevant pages (e.g. latest exist/entry stamp, country visa, work ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Extra Passport Photos

This is a MUST: You should always carry extra passport photos with you. In several different sizes, in black and white, in color, etc. I don't mean one or ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Color Copy of Your Passport

When you can find a place of safekeeping (preferably a safety deposit box at your hostel/hotel/motel), it's best to keep your passport there rather than on your ... read more

05 Mar 2010
Packing

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Little Mesh Bags

When taking a long trip, short trip, or backpacking around the world, you're always going to need little mesh bags. They're better than plastic Ziploc bags, because they ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Frequent Flier Miles

Repeat after me: DO EVERYTHING YOU CAN TO GUARANTEE AND GUARD YOUR FREQUENT FLIER MILES. Sign up for every program (they're always free), even if you only fly the ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Frequent Flier Miles -- Credit Cards

If you feel comfortable and confident with your ability to control your spending, sign up for credit cards that match up with your favorite airline or mileage rewards program. It ... read more

05 Mar 2010
Packing

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Small Collapsible Nylon Bags

These are also essential for packing. You always end up taking home more than you took with you, and you don't want to get screwed last minute while trying ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Never take "black cabs"

In many underdeveloped regions and cities, you're going to be greeted at the bus stop, train station, or airpor by a fleet of illegitimate cars or cars pretending to ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Rigged meters

If you happen to find yourself in the unfortunate situation of being in a "legitimate" cab with a rigged meter, do yourself a favor, and get them to stop as ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Scraps of paper

I find it very useful to carry around scraps of paper (usually a stack of Post-it Notes or a tiny Moleskine with tear-out pages) and a pen. These tools come ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Taking a Journal

Everybody has their own preference for type of journal, but you shouldn't travel without one. You should pick one that has a durable, stable, hard cover and back, to ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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Always bargin

Everything in life is negotiable. Well, maybe not everything, but almost everything: food, transportation, accommodations, and souvenirs. I started this habit during my life in China, but when I found ... read more

05 Mar 2010
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