Date registered: October 19, 2010
Send Wisedragon a Private Message
Hi.... 1.1m in the city proper; not that small really...one can buy coffee, beans and cheese of course and there are 3 Macs, 6 KFCs and 3 Pizza Huts. There is a genuine Hagen Dazs and several Dairy Queens. Franchised doughnut and cheesecake outlets too. Plus German, several smart Thai places, a French place and many Korean, Japanese and Brazilian grills. At least 20 restaurants serve pizza. 600 places to drink including over 100 bars and German and Belgian Beers in at least 30 of them. One micro-brewery bar has opened with a German theme. There is a Korean bar and 2 pubs selling draught beers; one seats 300 and has 18 kitchen staff and bbq. There are 10 clubs including Soho. A huge Wanda Plaza with Imax plus other new malls and several coffee houses aka Starbucks ( which is coming). 5000 places to eat in fact. The best hotels have enormous buffets which would satisfy any cravings for western foods. One, 3 story Walmart and 2 smaller ones. Carrefore is coming. Most foods can be bought on Taobao anyway.
There are several wonderful parks which are huge. There is the lake with it's wooded islands on the outskirts which has water skiing and boats to hire, cycle tracks and lakeside restaurants. Fule Mountain Park in the city is very romantic with glades of bamboo and the high temple with views over the whole city. Restaurants and tea-houses sit in lovely gardens with pools of koi. And another park with the dozens of temples and lakes is near the railway station. The main temple is glazed with blue tiles. Lao Long San has some 50 pretty restaurants nestled amongst 10.000 (!) peach trees and is the most beautiful place when in blossom. I can walk there from my home.
Yes, 6 universities with over 100,000 students; Mianyang has the highest percent of educated people in ALL China, some 25% have a degree. 140,000 are engineers or scientists and MY has the highest per capita income of any city in West China including Chengdu, Xian and Chongching. It is easy to see the wealth. Yes, it is very safe and clean; one can swim in the rivers.
There used to be 1500 foreigners dwelling in Mianyang. It depends on how one defines foreigner. Many engineers from other lands pass through.
Mianyang cannot compare with Chengdu. It is like saying Manchester is not London.
Putting smokers up against a wall would deter the few. But it's like caravanners and cat owners, there are so many of them none can legislate against them. The caravan owners toddle down the roads with a mile ( 1.6km) of hot and angry drivers behind them. Not oblivious but all smugness and power-crazy to their plight. "Ban caravans in the daytime ! Get them off OUR roads !"screech the tabloids. " Don't vote for the Liberals" scream the Caravanners Owners Organisation ( with an S). 250,000 members close ranks, wheel their wagons in a circle, bunker down and prepare to defend their God-given rights to annoy.
The 10,000,000 cats who eat all the birds, defficate on ex-pristine lawns, tear up garden furniture in neighbour's ( with a U) have millions of caring and thoughtful ( read selfish and relapsed) owners. "Neuter and net the moggies !" cry the dog owners ( sorry, genuine patriots). " Castrate the dog owners !" bellow the National Association of Cat Lovers to outer space.
70 million Chinese smokers won't be doused with rules. You can gaol ( with a G,O,A,L) 25 million of us but you can't take away all our freedom ( to kill others with our fumes)".
So 3 down and 69,000997 to go.
PS. Why when all of Europe and 54 Commonwealth countries and most of Africa and the rest of the civilised (yes, with an S of course) world uses British, Oxford spelling does my stupid computer keep telling me to use American? Bonkers. It's like the word soccer; who else uses it...except for Chinese, Chinglish speakers.
But to answer the question. I found my 12th Lhasa beer at 2am in a Tibetan bar in Shigatse tasted really,really great. Much better than the previous 6 Carlsbergs.
He called at my place and delicately took out a package and with some reverence placed it on my bar. He looked me in the eye and apparently said in Chinese: "This is a beer you can sell". My wife and I were a little bemused with his offering for it was obviously a bottle but with a brown, paper cover, twisted at the top. It had one obvious word in English; Tsingtao Beer. It had a number like bank notes do. He certainly acted impressed for he continued: " You can have the exclusive contract in your city". Triumphant is the word.He looked triumphant as he stood there in his Chinese blue suit with a laurel halo glinting. Being a kind person I gave him my time and asked the right sort of interested questions. "Why does it sell for 80rmb a bottle". That sort of pertinent inquiry, you know. I conjured in my mind my wealthy customers each trying one, single, paper-bagged bottle of semi-Germanic beer just for the experience; but only one; ever. He was so disappointed when I made my ( lame) excuse but one which is a rule of mine. No Chinese beers in my pub. Off he trotted to find a more deluded and gullible owner than I. I have this feeling he is still wandering like a zombie in a blue, Chinese suit,clutching his wares.