Jan 28 2018

… Tourists @ Japanese Airport


I found two posts on People.com.cn (人民日报/人民网) dated January 26, and more:

  1. 18:41 日本机场滞留中国游客归国 使馆提醒理性对待突发情况
  2. 21:00 滞留日本中国游客今抵沪 我驻日使馆: 遇突发情况理性维权
  3. 17:24, SCMP Chinese budget airline passenger held over brawl at Japanese airport – 2016 SCMP and more
  4. mothership Stranded Chinese tourists clashed with Japanese police at Tokyo’s Narita Airport (video)

A big group, 175 in total, Chinese tourists heading to Shanghai stranded at Japan Narita Airport (日本成田机场) on JetStar (捷星 GK35), due to snow in Shanghai, reportedly only 5 cm. (Not sure how JFK functions … my gut feeling is China cancels a flight liberally – my last cancelled flight, fm Taipei to Shanghai.) 14653

To this post, someone comments “俗语:“横的怕愣的,愣的怕不要命的”,雅语“君子可欺之以方”。前些年俄罗斯排华,赶走那么多华人,没收华人财产,国人屁都不敢放一个。个个贼精贼精的。”

Following is a post written in Chinese, from yesterday, Jan 27

中国人不要再当“祥林嫂”——对中国旅客事件的一点苦言
Original 2018-01-27 徐静波 静说日本

上海下了一场雪,其实也不大,就落下5厘米,道路干净了,但是,机场全乱了。

因为飞机流量管控的原因,澳洲廉价航空公司捷星的一架从东京成田国际机场飞往上海的客机,在成田机场延误了十几个小时还飞不了。180名旅客,除了5名日本人,其余的都是我们中国同胞,基本上都是游客。

所有的人都已经办理了离境手续,都已经进入了候机大厅,飞机飞不了,而且据说要等24小时,这一份焦虑和不安,是完全理解的。而这一份焦虑与不安,最终演变成了对于航空公司的抗议,并与机场工作人员发生肢体冲突,一人被警察拘捕,消息传到中国国内,就演变成了“日本机场歧视中国旅客,日本警察对中国人施暴”。

根据当事旅客陈述,这175名中国旅客在成田机场愤怒的原因是这样的:

他们在机场受到非人道主义的待遇,没水没餐,甚至连小孩妈妈拿小孩的尿布和奶粉,都被非人道拒绝。凌晨2点多有位旅客实在饥饿难耐,准备前往离境区内的二楼自动贩卖机购买食品,但他在出门时遭到工作人员的限制,要求不许走动。而日本人被优先接走。随后,部分旅客和工作人员起了争执,更演变成肢体冲突,最后更有一大群人,开始在机场唱起了中国国歌助阵。

捷星航空公司的说法是:

因为乘客购买的是廉价机票,我们预先就与乘客约定,不提供免费住宿和餐饮服务,不承诺提供任何的其他补偿。航班取消或延误超过5个小时,旅客可选择全额退票。

那问题出在哪里?中国的乘客认为,我坐了你的飞机,你就得管我一切。至少应该提供住宿和餐饮,不然就是“非人道虐待”。而航空公司认为,我早已经跟你们说清楚了,飞机飞不了,旅客只能自己解决一切问题,航空公司不承担吃住,要不你就选择退票。

问题还有,作为成田机场这一设施管理机构来说,因为中国游客拿的都是一次性入境签证,你已经办理了出境手续,就意味着你的签证在日本已经失效,所以不能让大家离开机场去一般的外面酒店住宿,除非这一酒店是在机场离境区域内。但是,如果你是日本国籍,或者在日外国人持有“在留卡”(外国人身份证),拥有多次出入境的资格,才可以离开离境区域走出机场去外面住宿或回家。

而许多中国旅客显然不懂这一个道理,觉得凭什么日本人可以离开,不许我们离开。凭什么有些中国人看到工作人员手里拿的“在留”两个字牌子,就可以去领一万日元的住宿代用券离开,而他们的团体旅客就不能离开?这不是搞歧视吗?

有的旅客看到全日空、日本航空的客机陆续起飞,而捷星的飞机还不能飞,是成田机场故意刁难中国旅客。

于是情绪激昂,与机场工作人员发生肢体冲突,把一位女职员推到弄伤。还一起唱起了中国国歌,感觉到中华民族又到了最危险的时刻。

看到这一消息,我觉得有必要提醒一下我们的同胞(虽然这一种提醒可能会遭骂):

第一,要懂一些基本的海外旅游常识。譬如一次性签证在办理离境手续后,再也无法入境。

第二,买机票时,要搞清楚自己的票价可以享受什么待遇,廉价机票到底廉价在哪里?要有一种签约精神,不能以道德绑架签约。

第三,不要做“祥林嫂”,遇到什么事,满是受害者意识,好像全世界人民都在欺负中国人。也不要有“爷”的意识,觉得我们已经强大了,不再是“东亚病夫”,谁敢欺负到我们头上来?其实,飞不了的,除了中国人,也一定还有其他国家的旅客,人家为何不闹,偏偏总是我们中国人闹?人家为何不唱国歌,偏偏我们中国人总喜欢唱国歌?

第四,少一点民族情绪,多一些理性思考。在合情合理的范围内,提出合情合理的诉求。

第五,在海外,千万不能对警察、机场工作人员动粗。动一个手指,就有可能被捕,并被留下犯罪记录,影响你下次的入境。

第六,不要动不动就想到“强大的后盾”,因为飞机延误待遇不好之类的芝麻小事,要求中国大使馆深更半夜进行外交介入,说实在,大使馆在维护国民利益与国家形象之间,许多时候也是挺做为难的。

在整个事件中,旅行社的导游不知在干什么?是袖手旁观,还是积极做好翻译解释沟通协调?

中国驻日本大使馆就此事发表了一条消息,最后表示,大使馆将继续关注事件后续进展,同时提醒出游公民,廉价航空公司属低成本运营,事先与乘客签署相关免责协议,因为成本原因及运力人力有限,经常出现无法及时改签航班、不负责乘客食宿等情况,公民在购买机票时应仔细阅读购票协议,遇突发情况请理性看待,避免过度维权或卷入不必要的法律纠纷。

大使馆已经把话说到了想流泪的程度。

真心希望以后少听到中国人在外国机场唱国歌的消息。希望日本警方让那一位被拘的中国男旅客早一点回家!


Mar 28 2016

A trip of a life time

My first ever journey with my dad, coincide with his 85th birthday. Given the fact that we had only lived under the same roof in less than four months in my entire life so far, calling this the trip of the century is pretty appropriate. To reconnect with him and his relatives.

Cathay Pacific took us to Hong Kong first where he could renew his Re-Entry Permit 回港证; we also did a quick trip to Shenzhen. Our second leg was Taipei to tree bury his mom. His birthday was celebrated in Shanghai. I went to Anhui to visited two maternal ancestors. We met up in Shanghai and went to JiNan, visiting his grandpa’s tomb. The last leg was Beijing, included a day excursion to Tianjin. This is the most enriching trip for my genealogy!

I take JetBlue to San Francisco to pick him up.

  • Cloth 衣: Hong Kong street
  • Food 食: Western table wine is, still expensive. Hosts are still over ordering.
  • Shelter 住:  EatonTaipei City HotelYaocheng HotelAnhui Hotel and Yuquan hotel, the worst.
  • Transportation 行: Drivers don’t seem to have common courtesy to others and their favored rendezvous spot. In Beijing, there are xianxing 限行 restrictions on cars: on certain day of the week, certain last digit of the license plate can’t drive.  According to 911, for example, for the month of March 2016, on Tuesdays, the license plates ending with 4 and 9 can’t drive from 7am-8pm within 5 rings. Even with this restriction, there is always traffic jams.

Some odds and endsChinglish in China and color of money. The trip is complete with a Taobao experience – the cups.

Day

  1. 2.28 Sun, SF: JetBlueTrader Joe’sLake Merritt
  2. 2.29 Mon, Wellington St, Dimond park & Sausal CreekCX879
  3. 3.01 Tue, HK: the bridgeEaton
  4. 3.02 Wed, 延期 回港证; stores on Nathandine at Chateh; Taichi @ hotel
  5. 3.03 Thur, Shenzhen, lunch & shop, Jennie
  6. 3.04 Fri, TPE, a bank adTaipei City Hotel, gov 户政事務所, passport, evening mktfruits
  7. 3.05 Sat, temple 湧泉寺, NPM 故宫, Tamsui 淡水, MRT Shuangliana light tunnel
  8. 3.06 Sun, 101, DTF, Zhongshan; temple parade
  9. 3.07 Mon, tree burial; flight canceled
  10. 3.08 Tue Shanghai, 85th bday, lunch & dinner/wine
  11. 3.09, visit a factory
  12. 3.10, Thur, badminton; lunch & 浦之舟, Peace Hotel
  13. 3.11, Fri, dinner @ Lujiazui
  14. 3.12 Sat, my 1st trip to Dongzhi county
  15. 3.13 Sunday, visit my ancestors
  16. 3.14 Mon, Hefei, Lujiang, memorial parkAnhui Hotel/dinner
  17. 3.15 Tue, Jinan, Hefei stationYuquan hotel 玉泉 & dinner
  18. 3.16, Wed, visit g grandpa; 南水北调 village, lunch; Uncle’sDavid Beckham; JFL 聚福林
  19. 3.17, Thur, garden 万竹园 and to BJ
  20. 3.18, Fri, Great Wall; 2 media codinner
  21. 3.19, Sat, East, Xihe 羲和雅苑, Maan coffee
  22. 3.20, Sun, Bird’s Nest 鸟巢/Water Cube, Dadong w/ Zhangs
  23. 3.21, Mon, Tianjin
  24. 3.22, Tue, Fayuan Si 法源寺; Niuji 牛街; Kaorou Wan 烤肉宛
  25. 3.23, Wed, Juqi 局气, demo derbysuitcase & the last supper in 中关村
  26. 3.24, Thur, wine, going home

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Mar 8 2016

All on board

Dad was being loaded boarded on to the MU (China Eastern Airlines) plane in Taipei TPE:

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Mar 8 2016

Dad’s 85th birthday

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Due to the canceled flight last evening that stretched into mid night in Taipei, we had to get up early for the 5am bus to return to the airport. I didn’t get to wish dad a happy birthday till he’s seated in the plane after the complicated boarding.

The flight attendants, mostly girls were very nice and attentive, aside from being attractive. They wooed and ahhhed over him. Commenting how handsome he’s and how healthy he’s to travel.

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The hotel issued a boxed breakfast, and the in flight tray isn’t too bad. I enjoyed the cracker the best.

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Meeting his aunt who’s two years his junior (she’s from the youngest concubine) was a blast: they haven’t seen each other for over sixty years. Yes, six decades!

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We stopped by a Japanese restaurant for lunch – it’s kind of late and couldn’t finish the food. It’s a rainy day and we were an hour late to arrive at the restaurant for the celebration. My cousins made arrangement and the menu at 名豪鱼翅海鲜.

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Mar 7 2016

A tree burial in Taipei

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My grandma passed away in Taipei in 1977 and was buried in a plot in Yangmingshan 阳明山. Over the years, her grave had deteriorated to a point that we needed to do something major. My cousin had collected her and cremated, and temporarily put her ashes at Yongquan Temple 湧泉寺 while we decided what to do. Since most of us aren’t living in Taipei, ultimately, tree burial was chosen.

The following document were needed:

  1. the proof with the deceased – my dad’s ID card has his parents’ name
  2. my grandma’s death certificate – from the 地政事務所 Household Registration Office
  3. the moving out certificate from the temple 湧泉寺

My cousin arranged two people to help us with the burial (with a car), for a fee of NT$10,000 (about US$300). It took about 4 hours:

  1. picking up grandma’s ashes from the temple
  2. to a Mortuary Services Office 台北市殡葬管理处 to get a permit
  3. to funeral home 台北市殡葬管理处第二殡仪馆. The ashes from cremation needs another round of process
  4. to the tree burial site (Fude 富德灵骨楼), putting grandma to rest

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Looking out from the temple, very tranquil.

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The funeral service is provided by the government.

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The government is encouraging tree/flower/sea burial, to save the planet, and maintains the park nicely. There isn’t a fee to bury at the site, and the family can choose any spot they desire.

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Mar 7 2016

Canceled flight

I didn’t experience too many canceled flight. The only one I remembered was to Cancun in Spring 1990. The airport was patrolled by soldiers with machine guns and we were escorted to a brand new hotel – they had to hurry up to put pillow case on – for the night.

The weather wasn’t terrible but they decided to cancel, the MU5006 (China Eastern Airlines, 6:40-8:20pm).IMG_3066

  1. A few postponements
  2. They made the announcement to cancel
  3. Issued dinner coupons
  4. Have passengers to hand in their duty free merchandises – long line
  5. Group us, go through the immigration, then up to the bus
  6. Long drive to the hotel, about 30 minutes
  7. Assign room at the hotel

DSCN8589When I got into the room, which is dark, damp and nasty, it’s 11:30pm. We would be picked up at 5:30 next morning.

The production to cancel a flight is humongous. I don’t know who’s going to pick the tab – if each flight is being insured. Was the weather really that bad to warren such laborious endeavor?

It’s this time, I wondered the hall near the gate at the TPE (Taoyuan International Airport) and saw a nicely made up cosmetic sales girl trying to block a woman who dressed  like a peasant to enter the doorless store. The customer moved to her right, the sales girl who’s facing me and the customer, moved to her left and on and on. I was annoyed. I don’t think I’ve seen anything so blatantly rude before.

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The food court at TPE has many to offer at reasonable price.


Mar 7 2016

A tree burial

今天在台北富德灵骨楼 树葬了奶奶. 🇹🇼政府鼓励环保葬礼: 树葬,花葬,海葬. 有大约20%的人用环保葬. 特别感谢表哥姐们!这家树葬是将骨灰放在石头下. 奶奶1977年在台北过世. 爸爸是在他们去台北10多年后结婚. 妈妈和我对大姑姑和二伯父来说应该是陌生人. 加之海岸二边的紧张局势. 但是奶奶的碑上有我们母女. 相反,我在北京的外公家长大,他和曾祖的碑上没有妈妈和我. 感触良多.

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今天树葬了奶奶. 🇹🇼政府鼓励环保葬礼: 树葬,花葬,海葬. 有大约20%的人用环保葬. 特别感谢表哥姐们!这家树葬是将骨灰放在石头下. 奶奶1977年在台北过世. 爸爸是在他们去台北10多年后结婚. 妈妈和我对大姑姑和二伯父来说应该是陌生人. 加之海岸二边的紧张局势. 但是奶奶的碑上有我们母女. 相反,我在北京的外公家长大,他和曾祖的碑上没有妈妈和我. 感触良多.


Mar 6 2016

Cisheng Gong 慈聖宮

Chi Shing Temple near our hotel in Taipei. There are orchids inside the temple and India Laurel Fig 榕树 trees ..

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Mar 6 2016

Dadaocheng Park 大稻埕公園

A little neighborhood park near hotel in Taipei.

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And the surrounding area

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Mar 6 2016

An experience

After dinner, I took a walk around the hotel. The loud gong and firecracker drew me over to the next block. It’s an experience.
Holy smoke 天哪,深入敌人的后方的结果: 锣鼓喧天,精彩的部分都没有录 因为没有电了 [流泪]. 信徒一个接一个趴在地上,娇子从他们身上走过… 是,趴在大马路上. 有🎆,还有炮竹 差点把俺崩上天. 是什么俺也说不清. 好心人介绍说是 回娘家(?) 庙上写着 圣诞. 1 喝酒的人一直愁眉苦脸的. 好像耶稣也是在替他的信徒受苦受难? 我问:邻居不抗议?回答:他们都是这个庙的. [调皮] 一年一次的盛会. 舞龙舞狮的挺给力的,站在前面人的肩上… 好危险. 信仰
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A huge line of people, one by one, laid face down on the street, letting the carriages walk over them. As the carriages moving on, more people/believers lay down and getting up. All the while, cars moving by – the street was open to normal traffic. It’s just so crazy and dangerous. Some by standers explained to me what it’s – home coming (?)

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The ceremony was long and loud. Surprisingly, there wasn’t a compliant from packed neighborhood, in High rise or low apartment buildings.

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