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Comment: Re: Don't eat the street food (Score 1) 49

by Dumass (#46425889) Attached to: A Tech Entrepreneur's Guide To Visiting Shenzhen
We waited for an hour at BoC last time to change money. It was like a Kafka-esque DMV. 4 windows, 1 wasn't available for currency transfers, then 2 closed as it became my turn (lunch time.) Then they didn't change all the money over. Why? Who knows. Use China Merchants Bank or just take your RMB back to HK.

Comment: Re:Don't eat the street food (Score 1) 49

by Dumass (#46422143) Attached to: A Tech Entrepreneur's Guide To Visiting Shenzhen
We stay near a street vendor that serves "Stinky Tofu." He's not the only one in town with that product, but I'm fairly sure I know where the stink comes from.

The worst part about gutter oil is that the "reprocessing" actually makes it more dangerous. The worst chemicals aren't broken down by heat and become more potent as the other garbage (literally) boils off.

Comment: Re:Don't eat the street food (Score 5, Informative) 49

by Dumass (#46422069) Attached to: A Tech Entrepreneur's Guide To Visiting Shenzhen
Also, bring your hotel name and address written in Chinese. The cab drivers will not know English. When you get to the hotel ask for a name card. It will have the name, logo, address, and phone number of the hotel on it. You can then give that to a cabbie.

The hotels will change cash, but only perfect foreign bills. I got told "this bill is broken" when it had a small crease in the corner. Either use an ATM in China or use one in HK and have Travelex do the conversion. There are also ATMs at the Hong Kong airport that dispense RMB. I trust those more than the ones in China. Beware that Travelex will convert your foreign currency to HKD and then to RMB if you bring them cash, doubling their fees. Use the ATM.

Comment: Re:Don't eat the street food (Score 5, Interesting) 49

by Dumass (#46421969) Attached to: A Tech Entrepreneur's Guide To Visiting Shenzhen
The advice to get a limo ride is also terrible. If you share the car with someone and they get searched, you get searched. If the car in front of you gets searched it can take a very long time to cross.

It's much easier to take a cab from HKG to the border and walk across if it's evening time. It's about $300HK/ $50 USD and you can take 1-4 people. The Shenzhen Bay crossing closes ~11:30PM, though, so if you're late you'll have to find another way.

During the day, a ferry is a better bet because customs can be extremely clogged up at the walk through checkpoint. I've waited 2-3 hours to walk back across into Hong Kong. There are far fewer people at the ferry terminal checkpoints.
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Sims 3 Expansion Announced 84

Posted by Soulskill
from the hundreds-of-new-ways-to-torture-your-sim dept.
EA has announced that The Sims 3 will be getting its first expansion pack on November 16th, titled World Adventures. It will be available at first for the PC and Mac clients, and later for mobile platforms. "Players can take their Sims on new journeys to famous real-world inspired destinations around the globe for the first time ever and seek out new adventures. ... From mastering martial arts in Shang Simla, China, discovering rich culture and famous landmarks on a romantic getaway to Champs Les Sims, France or exploring the depths of ancient tombs in Al Simhara, Egypt, players can take their Sims on a journey that will change their Sims' lives." EA's Lyndsay Pearson spoke further about the expansion in an interview with IGN.

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