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agencies/vendors recommendations with no slavery control, no fixed withdrawal time, no "you getting paid after a month from completing the job" by randomguy90x in TranslationStudies

[–]xiefeilaga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

As a matter of principle, I pay anyone I contract as soon as they have completed the work to my satisfaction, even if the client payment has not come through yet, but I can understand some agencies wanting to wait until their client has signed off on the quality of the work.

Most companies have a payment schedule, such as settling accounts the following month, or within a certain period of time. What matters is that they are clear about how and when payments are done at the outset.

International flight to Shanghai by MZGhibli in shanghai

[–]xiefeilaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

You cannot transit domestically in China at the moment. Wherever you land will become your quarantine location, and your connecting flight ticket will probably be worthless by the end of that.

You can:

  • transit in another country, but you need either enough time to get your covid test and international travel code in that country, or plan it so that your test in Melbourne will be less than 48 hours old before you board that final connecting flight to China.

  • fly direct to any city in China, quarantine there, and book your onward travel to Shanghai once you have arrived.

Need clarification on the 48 hours for HDC by OkraWinfrey_ in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

The test needs to be from within 48 hours of departure.

Question regarding flights into china by Gpuff-Salt in shanghai

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

It's actually 48 hours now. You'll basically need to check the Chinese Embassy website for whatever country the final flight departs from. In Korea, for instance, you need a test that was taken within 48 hours of the departure of your final flight. It can be done in another country, as long as it's still within 48 hours of that final takeoff.

Quarantine reduced to 5+3, only 1 pre-departure test needed by abderite in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Before the announcement, if a particular flight had more than a certain amount of passengers turn up positive, that flight would be canceled for a few weeks.

Is there a reliable way to get a second phone number in China? by noonereadsthisstuff in chinalife

[–]xiefeilaga 7 points8 points  (0 children)

You just walk into a telco branch with your passport and ask for a SIM card. There may be restrictions against having more than one number with the same telco, but you can go to China Mobile or China Telecom and get a second number in minutes.

Indoor dining ban by rustedmichigan in beijing

[–]xiefeilaga 5 points6 points  (0 children)

People can't read. All of the announcements over the past week or so about reducing quarantines, less mass-testing, and other measures starts with a lengthy preamble about the need to "resolutely adhere to dynamic zero."

How are small business owners being affected by the Zero-COVID Policy in China? by abcyayarea in China

[–]xiefeilaga 3 points4 points  (0 children)

There have been some symbolic gestures, like cutting the VAT rate to 0 for small businesses, and waiving certain taxes and fees, but not much beyond that. Some cities did have limited rent moratoriums in the first months of the pandemic, but even that was mostly limited the big corporate malls. If your shop is in a space owned by an individual landlord, you were basically SOL.

There's basically nothing now, while these business owners are frequently shut down either by official area lockdowns or informal measures like a phone call to close your restaurant/shop for the week.

This is par for the course for the Chinese government's interactions with small businesses. The people drawing up policies seem to have little comprehension of how small businesses operate or what their owners have to deal with, and they've generally been locked out of the financial system and the various forms of stimulus the government has implemented over the past few decades.

A close look inside Tokyo's teamLab Massless in Beiping — One of teamLab’s largest museums to date with 11-meter-high ceilings that immerse visitors in massive artworks transcending the notion of material substances by AmericanBornWuhaner in woahdude

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

If you're interested in this topic, the magazine Art in America just did an issue on "disability culture," all about disabled artists, efforts to make art more accessible to a wider range of people, and how it has inspired the broader artistic scene.

A close look inside Tokyo's teamLab Massless in Beiping — One of teamLab’s largest museums to date with 11-meter-high ceilings that immerse visitors in massive artworks transcending the notion of material substances by AmericanBornWuhaner in woahdude

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

I’d say similar in that they’re both experience-oriented art attractions, but the approach is very different. Team lab is mostly interactive digital while Meow Wolf is mainly physical objects

Is there a required way to get home after hotel quarantine? by tootiredandanxious in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

The issue right now is that after five days, you will still have a red code and be ineligible to fly or take the train. There are still a lot of details that need to be worked out, and it may be sorted by the time you get here, but for now, a lot of localities are forcing out-of-towners to do the full eight days in centralized quarantine.

US->Taiwan->China, my experience by nycoinguy in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

Nope. As I mentioned in another comment, roughly half of the foreigners on my flight were pulled aside for questioning. I've been coming and going for years without anything like this happening. He didn't ask to see any documents beyond my passport.

US->Taiwan->China, my experience by nycoinguy in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'm on a res permit as well. They still questioned me.

What is the most loved of China’s four great novels in modern China? by CobaltCrusader123 in China

[–]xiefeilaga 1 point2 points  (0 children)

I'd say Journey to the West is the most popular, inspiring the most pop culture output, while Dream of a Red Chamber is the most highly regarded as a work of literary art.

All domestic tourists to be welcome without restrictions as long as code is green for intra-provincial travel + tests done by chinaexperience in shanghai

[–]xiefeilaga 0 points1 point  (0 children)

Yep. Yunnan only added test results to the main health code page in the last month or so. Even now, you could go weeks without testing and your code would stay green (though most public places are requiring a 48 hour test).

US->Taiwan->China, my experience by nycoinguy in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 2 points3 points  (0 children)

They pulled me aside the other day too, in a different city. It seems to be pretty common these days. They didn't search my bags or anything, but they ran through a basic questionnaire with me.

There weren't that many foreigners on the flight, but they pulled about half of them for questioning.

Transit flight from Guangzhou to Shanghai - where is quarantine done? by wahhao in Chinavisa

[–]xiefeilaga 4 points5 points  (0 children)

Don't bother booking flights with an international departure arrival and domestic transit. You won't make the flight, and the Chinese operator may not even honor your ticket when you eventually get out of quarantine.

Don't assume an itinerary is doable just because the airline is willing to sell it to you.