Date registered: March 30, 2012
Region: North America
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I lived with my family in Chengdu from July of 2012 to 2013. We loved so much about Chengdu, Sichuan and China, but the air pollution really was the reason we left. You can track the PM10 numbers all day long, and install expensive air filters in your home and office, but the sad fact is, that at the end of the day, you and especially your children, are still being exposed to enormous amounts of unknown pollutants that are sure to have some impact on yours and their long term lung health. There really aren't many urban cities in China where this isn't a problem, though Chengdu is pretty severe among them. Kunming is doing much better, but that may change in coming months/years.
Have you heard of this "booster" device that a friend told me about? He bought it at Carrefour and it fits on the DSL line and "boosts" the signal strength. He said it really improved his speeds. I'd like to buy one but don't know what it's called in Chinese.
Wondering who's got a good internet provider in Chengdu and who that is? We're stuck with China Telecom with a stated rate of about 1mb/second but imagine it's about 1/8th that on a good day.
Are there other providers and systems becoming commercially available in Chengdu? Fiber Optic, anything?
From the Huffington Post...
"We're constantly stopping by the office water cooler in the summer. But because there's always water flowing through it, we often don't realize that the cooler, can get, well dirty. But how doing you clean such a bulky machine? Luckily, we've found a relatively simple solution.
First, unplug the cooler and remove the water bottle. Then, drain excess water by pressing the two water spigots. Next, remove the top of the water safe and add one teaspoon of vinegar for every one gallon of warm water to the cooler's well. Leave this to soak for five minutes. As the solution is soaking, take a cloth, dip it in the solution and clean the exterior, including the spigots and water safe. Then, drain the solution as you did in step two. Replace the water safe and install a new bottle of water. Finally, drain half a pitcher of the clear water from the spigots to completely flush out any remaining traces of vinegar."
Let me know if this is helpful...or better yet, if you have a better way to clean and disinfect your water dispenser, please share!
The Giant store on Kehua Lu is pretty good in terms of stocking a mix of street/road/mountain bikes. They also have a service department and sell a small amount of supplies. I own a Giant brand bike bought in the US and it's good quality. I'm assuming the bikes they sell are all manufactured in Taiwan, but I'm not 100% sure.
I see the 900+ figure on http://www.aqicn.info/city/chengdu/ but when I check the same stats on my iPhone app, "China Air Quality" it's only showing 310. Not sure if there's a mistake on the website, but if that's confirmed, that would be horrific.
I've heard of some families apartments being broken into recently-and wondering if anyone has purchased Renters Insurance to insure their belongings (mostly cameras, laptops, iPad/iphones, jewelry) from a Chinese or International insurance company and what the experience (and cost) has been.
What if you need faster than 2mb? I work in an office but in a residential area with about 6 others. We could really use something along the lines of 8-20 MB/sec, but is there any company which provides this speed?
Also, just to note. We currently have China Unicom's 4mb service but under speediest.com that regularly comes in at about .5mb/sec. That's just way too slow for business.
I'd vote for Mike's— Mike's is fantastic and good value considering the very fresh ingredients he uses. Plus, they DELIVER!!! How cool is that? Once I tried Mike's pizza (and salads) I've not bothered with pizza anywhere else. It's the best. Try it, you'll be an instant convert!
You'll likely need to do what I did, and travel down to Computer City and ask around at various Apple iPhone dealers for someone who can fix this for you. It's not cheap but I was in the same boat, and tried to unlock and such with cydia etc. to no avail. The guys at Computer City referred me to another guy further downtown, who did the job in a few days and now it works fine (but I'm on China Mobile...don't know if that really matters or not). Anyway, good luck! I'm looking to buy the iPhone 5 when it comes out here and just avoid the whole mess next time. PS once your phone is activated in China, you CANNOT upgrade or restore your iphone to its old operating system, or upgrade to a new one. This will invalidate the activation in China! Beware, everytime you plug the iphone in to a Mac and iTunes is opened up, it may try to do this for you. There are numerous posts on this website about doing this.
I looking for suggestions for unique and memorable gifts that people have found in China and perhaps Sichuan in particular that I can take back home with me for Christmas.
I know there are so many interesting stores and fantastic crafts in this part of China, but I'm having trouble finding out where to go. Would greatly appreciate any advice you could give.