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This whack MC Fat Shady released a new music video in which he basically tells foreigners to fuck off in a most primitive, very aggressive manner (militant at the end).
He's been featured on state tv in the past, still relatively viral, and actually did also previously perform at Chengdu parties organized by foreigners.
A low IQ midget like this wouldn't just blast this out if he wouldn't feel strong social support. Is the economy going down that much that it's officially time for scapegoating again?
Even so the open hatred presented by this wannabe tuhao looks like a new quality, the song ends with gesture and sound of gun shots and him hitting the head of a "stupid foreigner" model with a baseball bat - you can't be more explicit in calling for militant brutal ISIS like violence.
Curious what your thoughts are
Either way be extra cautious these days
Now that the river bank construction is mostly concluded I'd suggest looking for apartments around Donghu/ East Lake and down the river South of Second Ring Road all the way to the High-techzone and Huayang. That is if you are looking for a place where you can relax daily in quiet green environment (at the river) or do running / biking.
Since Giant seems to have lost its track I've come across this Chinese bike brand
蓝克雷斯 that sells bikes exclusively online on https://lankeleisi.jd.com/ - their designs, prices & warranties look all good (too good?). I'm especially interested in their foldable e- mountainbike.
So has anybody purchased their bikes? Any feedback is welcome.
Have a look at this thread
I've read there are also home test kits available on taobao now, however it might be difficult to make sure they are not fake, or expired or faulty or have unacceptable rates of false positives / false negatives.
Going to Jiuzhaigou during a major holiday is pretty much pointless - you can google the images of massive crowds. Avoid holidays and avoid weekends. So try to move your date as far away from may 1st as possible, so May 4th would probably be a better choice.
Sakura is def not great by any means - then better try the Tonkatsuwaka next door
anyways the topics were covered
I wouldnt call those off the beaten track they are all crowded when the weather & air is right.
We covered the topic extensively already in articles
What better way to spend a sunny day than in the park?
The New Jincheng Park
1. Pretty much every cuisine is missing except hotpot, fastfaood & so lala Sichuanese, the local market is extremely conservative, unedcuated and solely focused on lajiao and huajiao
2. Yes. Overhyped. I wouldnt mind trying more if I see a good value proposition. But you can have that cheaper in other cities abroad.
3. Location, location, location is the main rule for restaurants. You won't make it to your fav restaurant more than once or twice a year if it's an hour taxi ride to the other side of town. If your restaurant is not on mainstream it will die or move.
4. First food quality, second value, then environment, last service. So basically the reverse of the local market.
5. For many people yes, especially for the example you chose. But it's most often just the emperor's new clothes.
6. That's not for us to decide it solely depends on Michelin if they decide to add new restaurants, but looking at the additions in Shanghai their choices are highly controversial to put it mildly - that said there were Michelin star chefs in town and still are - just no restaurant that received one
7. Lunch? Almost never - most places i liked are closed down - but for new places I would have to know at least two people who totally praise it otherwise it's not worth my time, energy, cash
The Uniqulo in global center should be ok, the one in Galleria is small and quickly runs out of everything, and there is another one at line 1 at Wanda North (Renminanlu North?). But if you're looking for certain sizes or bargains you have higher chance at the shops off the main focus points.
You already went to the two most popular shopping areas, and of course you shouldn't expect bargain prices considering the hilarious rent shops pay there. If you are desperate you could give Galleria another try next to Ikea (South Railway Station subway station).
But due to its isolated geography and far distance from borders there is actually little variety of products and prices are relatively high (compared to Kunming or Guangzhou for example).
As debated previously Uniqlo seems to the common sense choice other than buying online on taobao (or abroad).
An article on the topic
I've been to Guangzhou several times and got to like it for the time being, but I've never stayed longer than two weeks.
Objectively speaking, Guangzhou is more spread out, more diverse in terms of expat population - including a big African & Arab community (also more diversity of food options), has milder winters and is better connected internationally with various flights and also offers quick train rides to big cities nearby like Shenzhen, Hongkong, Macao. It's a South Chinese city so most people speak Cantonese. Pace seems faster as the Cantonese are very focused on business.
Chengdu is comparatively compact and more centralized, more dense so you wont need to commute all over the place as most needs for foreigners are fully covered in the South, but air pollution is more severe too. Most people speak Sichuanese dialect, and Sichuan province offers a bunch of trips to rural and mountainous areas for the weekend. Sichuanese are more leisure focused so the pace is slower and people spend more time just hanging out.
Not sure what your personal deal breaker would be, I'd recommend to check out both cities first before making a decision.
Fangcao is an older quiet area to live in the Yulin hood about 1 - 3 km away from all the main laowai spots. And Yulin is def one of the more interesting and relaxed spots to live and see a bit of Chengdu other than just concrete blocks. It's technically in the Hi-Tech Zone administration but has nothing to do with the name or ambition and most locals still think it's part of Wuhou district.
So in short Yulin is relatively quiet, connected (between 1st and 2nd ring road, and access to Subway line 1 & 2), cheap but close enough to the action. Def in my top3 choices to live in Chengdu. Congrats
My favorite place is Xitang BBQ which offers great Koran BBQ (Bulgogi), fresh Kimchi and plum wines (and also Japanese spirits)
it's off Exit A of Line 4 wubway station Wannianchang in the East and then go up to the 2nd floor in the pedestrian mall. But they also have an older, smaller shop in Yulin called Ming Tang
Other than that I liked the Korean restaurant opposite Underground Bar at Jiuyanqiao which is run by an actual Korean.
I could imagine there should be at least one decent Korean place inside the Great World Shopping Mall, that run down concrete blob next to the Tongzilin Carrefour as at least some are run by native Koreans.
So let's look back, Bitcoin hit new all time highs on all exchanges. And that despite a crackdown by the Chinese central bank which is pushing all kinds of anti-money laundering & KYC regulations and is planing to tax trades and now even forced a stop of Bitcoin withdrawal from exchanges in China!
However at this point this is just side notes for the decentralized non-state currency of the future and even if Chinese exchanges can't withdraw bitcoin at the moment you can always buy bitcoin from others using
you can find trusted buyers and sellers. Or you can buy some alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) withdraw them from Chinese exchanges to exchanges abroad and change them into Bitcoin there.
There is always a way:)