Sunday, October 30, 2005

Guitar and More Survival Tips in China

A7x guitar came two weeks ago. Yay.

It was a Schecter Omen 6.

and now, it's time to do my civic duty of attempting to help the 2.5 people that actually come to Sunbunland.

How to Pick a Taxi (in Beijing)

1. Price stickers

Usually, the price sticker on the window tells you how old the car is. The 1.2RMB ones are sorta-old Xialis with little leg room. These are pretty old. Some don't have air conditioning, essential for summer survival.

1.6RMBs are usually Citroens or black Hyundais, which are OK - but if you need better comfort, pick the multi-colored Hyundais and other cars - these usually have a PRINTED on (not PAINTED on) taxi logo and have little signs of age. These are very comfortable.

2RMB taxis are hard to find, so that means that you should avoid them, basically.

2. Run the taximeter

Tell your driver to run the taximeter so they don't rip you off. Make sure you speak Chinese fluently (and with a Beijing accent) so the driver doesn't pick the "shortcut."

3. Make sure the driver knows where something is.

If you have to, tell them where they are and the driver will usually cooperate. Otherwise, ditch and find another taxi (if possible). If you can't, ... read #2.

That's it for this week. gn.

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