Can tourists still use cash in China?

[Ref] Of course. Although it is not always a straightforward process. ePayment is so ingrained that retailers expect it by default. However, most places that have tourists (and not just foreign residents) know that WeChatPay is not an option for visitors (or that it's still a bit complicated), so because they want your money (usually) … Continue reading Can tourists still use cash in China?

Comment est la vie lorsque l’on habite sur la frontière entre deux fuseaux horaires ?

[Source]. How's life living on a border between two time zones? Well, one NEVER lives between time zones. You live in a time zone, or the next. But indeed, people living near the border with another country can experience instant "jet lag". Although of course the time difference isn't that much that you feel any … Continue reading Comment est la vie lorsque l’on habite sur la frontière entre deux fuseaux horaires ?

Is it ok to peel off expired visa stickers from a passport to make room for additional passport pages?

[Source]. TL;DR: It's not. I used to do it a lot, a decade ago. Chinese visas come in the form of a one-page sticker, and back then the glue was subpar, to say the least... Now they changed it, and the temptation to remove the sticker is definitely gone, as they won't go. Ever. Sometimes, … Continue reading Is it ok to peel off expired visa stickers from a passport to make room for additional passport pages?

Do airlines make a significant amount of money from inflight duty-free sales?

[My original answer]. It all depends on the airlines and their attitude towards inflight sales. For instance, airlines (and DF operators in the airport) in Korea thrive on DF sales. They are very aggressive in their pricing (their margin is the smallest in the business, which doesn't mean it's small, about 50% vs 60-70% average). … Continue reading Do airlines make a significant amount of money from inflight duty-free sales?

Why doesn’t Myanmar succeed in tourism as well as Thailand?

[Source]. There are a few simple factors. After the independence, in 1948, the country had to [re]build itself. And unfortunately, 70+ years later, because of rampant corruption, dictatorship, warring ethnic groups, and drug lords, the country still is building itself. Even in its current semi-openness, Myanmar is not the easiest country to travel to. I … Continue reading Why doesn’t Myanmar succeed in tourism as well as Thailand?

Quelles sont les villes Asiatiques que tout le monde devrait visiter au moins une fois ?

[Source]. What are the Asian cities that everybody should visit at least once? There are quite a few, indeed. And the list can be quite subjective. So here's mine: Tokyo. If you have to pick only one city in Japan, you might as well go to the biggest. From Blade Runner neighbourhoods to Shinto temples, … Continue reading Quelles sont les villes Asiatiques que tout le monde devrait visiter au moins une fois ?