Kunming's taxis are usually plentiful and cheap enough, with generally friendly and honest drivers. But one of their most annoying practices is the shift change at 6.30pm, right in the middle of the rush hour. This means that the taxis refuse to go to various places from 6.00pm onwards if it takes them too far from where they have to swap to the new driver for his 12 hour shift. Taxis are almost impossible to find between 6.00 and 7.00pm.
But as of last week, the Kunming Government have made it illegal for taxis to swap drivers from 7.00 and 9.00am, or from 5.00 to 7.30pm. I can't say I've noticed any difference as yet, but it's a step in the right direction, especially with so many roads currently being ripped up to build the first of Kunming's new subway lines. Mind you, if desperate, you could always get a lift on a tricycle [see photo] - they seem to carry anything and everything!
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