They pump, you pay. Pretty straight-forward. Some stations also offer mechanic services, but honestly, I wouldn't trust them. In Harbin my school has a driver. His Check Engine Light was on and he didn't know why. He took it to the mechanic and they couldn't tell why. When he shut off and restarted the car it went away. I thought, as we drove, that it was probably a fluid level. When we arrived at the airport, I asked to look under his hood, and sure enough, as I expected, he had no coolant. Of course, people here don't know what rotors are and why you should change your brake pads...
Two images... number two is great- filling a steel watering can... now, most people think that gas will explode, but it's not the liquid form of gas that's a danger. Anyway, just funny. Especially since they could have put the gas straight into the plastic cans they were filling...
If you plan on traveling overland in Xishuangbanna, be prepared for any style of road, from paved dream to non-existent. If you hire a car, keep in mind the usual bun vans are not very comfortable, especially sitting on the jump seat in the middle or in the back seat. Nor are they very safe. A tin can on wheels, with no seat belts, and drivers who really aren't trained to do much other than breathe regularly, it seems...
Mudslides are common, it would seem, and in any case, the unpaved roads are as rough as you'd expect. Plan in extra time for slow and windy roads.
While driving through Xishuangbanna, we came across this bus, stuck in the mud. It was stuck because of a dip in the road which made it bottom out- not so much because of slick mud. The problem was that they didn't have it together enough to get people out of the bus, to raise the bottom off the mud... that's the "crazy western tactic" I would have used...
Finally they got it free, but be prepared for such delays. Construction, or indeed, reconstruction (of roads covered by mudslides) may cause other delays.
If you plan on traveling overland in Xishuangbanna, be prepared for any style of road, from paved dream to non-existent.
Mudslides are common, it would seem, and in any case, the unpaved roads are as rough as you'd expect.
There are two kinds of sleeper buses going to Jinghong from Kunming. The middle-class and upper-class buses. I rode the middle class bus down for 155 RMB. The bus left about 20 minutes late at 8pm and arrived at Jinghong around 7am. The road down was smooth the whole way, mostly well paved and straight highway except near Jinghong where it becomes more local. Despite the middle-class bus being old and my blanket pretty ratty and stinky, I slept okay. Lots of smokers on my middle-class bus, but luckily I could open the windows for air. My upper-class bus from Jinghong back to Kunming was 185RMB. It also left 20 minutes late at 8:20pm. The upper-class bus is no smoking (since you can't open the windows). You don't really want to choose the seats in the center of the bus since you might end up with one that has a tv blaring over your legs that everyone around you is watching. I usually choose the lower, window-side bed. The upper class bus beds are actually not flat like the middle-class buses, the upper half comes up at a 30 degree angle. I don't think I slept as well as a result. Also, at 2am, the police stopped our bus and questioned all of us; something I hear could happen on either leg of the route.
The night bus is a good option for those who can sleep in a bed inside a bus. Sincerely, I can't sleep in such conditions.
I travelled using this kind of bus and, in spite of having a bed well located bed, I didn't sleep.
For good sleepers, I should say this bus is not bad...
Price is around 16€.
It just seems an odd name to name an airline. It looks like you would name a company that only if things were going real bad and you need to change your lucky. Buy the looks if things, i.s the big "Lucky Air" Sticker that was places over what ever the old name was ( it kind of looked like "Value Jet") But over all it was an ok outfit and get me to my destiantion in one piece.
And theit logo looks like a crashing bird on fire
Usually traffic doesn't seem to be too much of a problem, especially on the tiny dirt roads. But, as I've mentioned in other tips, mudslides bring cars together like nothing else!
Many places other than gas/petrol stations sell oil. I can't vouch for the quality, but it's there if you're desperate.
Sometimes you may have to cross streams (or flooded sections of road). No big deal, just don't slow down.