You told us what your favorite venues and events in Chengdu in 2011 were, and you had a few words to say about CHENGDOO citylife Magazine as well.
Your Favorite Cover of 2011
Art, Music & More (issue 48)
A big, lit-up O? A fierce-looking model positioning herself into a shape that resembles a swastika? What does it all mean? Read into it what you will, but there's no deep meaning behind it—or at least not one that photographer Dan Sandoval or model Lenore is letting on. We just thought it looked cool. We're probably not supposed to admit that, but since you apparently agreed with us, we're declaring it OK.
Your Favorite Issue of 2011
Market (issue 45)
Fist fights nearly broke out several times in the office over the making of this issue, but at least our internal struggles did not go unappreciated: More readers cited this as their favorite issue than any other, and we're guessing it has something to do with the extensive language charts detailing the exotic produce you'll find at the open markets. Heck, even Sabrina's thinks it's useful. Now that's saying something.
Your Favorite Column of 2011
Dandoval's Fast Food Trials
We guess we'll let Sandoval# stick around, given that he's giving lots of you, apparently, lots of good times. We might even declare 2010 the year of Dandoval. Nah. His was the most mentioned of any particular magazine content, with readers citing not only the column's hilarity ("Love Dandoval's Food Trials—they always make me laugh") but also its pragmatism ("Dandoval's column may have saved my life countless times"). However, it wasn't all good. One reader had this to say: "Fast food trials are torture to read." Ouch.
What You Had to Say
We asked for your hugs and your punches, and you delivered. Most of you were probably too nice, but a few brave souls called it as they saw it.
From the critical:
"Still informative, but the magazine is getting more boring. I know it's hard to keep being creative after years of publishing stuff, but fresh ideas are needed. Maybe more news-related stuff (e.g., recent developments in Chengdu) or articles targeting ESL teachers? I thought the board game issue was interesting. On the other hand, how-to columns are obviously there to fill in space. Anyway, congrats on keeping alive for another year and happy 2012."
"From my perspective, as a mom of four young kids, the magazine is a little crude at times—not exactly family friendly—but I understand that families are not your target audience."
To the column-specific:
"I loved the articles on transport in Chengdu—summed up exactly what I think and how increasingly terrifying it is to get on a bike or cross a street in this city."
"The market issue was incredibly useful—great dry goods and veggie vocabulary, thanks!"
"Basi de hen is always, well, basi de hen."
"What's up with your reviewer and Xi'an? It's not that bad!"
"I like the creativity and variety but especially the insights into the culture and translations (like in the article on China Mobile, how to check your balance, etc.)
"Thanks for all your hard work to publish and distribute. The classifieds are much help to me, as well as Dandoval's Column."
To the itemized list:
"Keep up all the great work. CHENGDOO citylife is always a great resource when I'm looking for something new to do or trying to find out information about a new restaurant or shop. Thanks for everything!"
And the simply saccharine:
"Your consistency and tenacity force my admiration since you started."
"I absolutely and totally love and depend on this website and the magazine and try to always be involved with the events you organize."
"I totally love and respect what you are doing—bless your hearts."
"Much love to you all."
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