Date registered: April 18, 2009
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You probably have seen the bikes popping up on sidewalks everywhere. I've heard they are like 1 Kuai per 30 min or so, and you can rent them with apps and pay via wepay. Not sure if it's easy for foreigners though, I've seen one app in English and asking you to upload your passport copy for ID.
Additional transport options are def. a good thing. Would want to know you experiences.
PS.: Anybody know about the GPS loss prevention system they use? Wouldnt mind one for my bike.
P.S. Buying a shop is probably the worst idea atm, as even the China's richest man and real estate oligarch calls out the real estate bubble and takes his capital abroad. Prices are about to drop significantly over the next months and years as the bubble deflates.
Scouting for good shop location is a full time job, basically the most crucial task one would not outsource and time and guanxi is of importance and you wont be able to identify quality deals if you havent compared locations & prices for a while.
Just opening a shop somewhere a real estate agent would convince you to is most definitely the end of your business, I've seen it so many times - outsiders opening shop in Chengdu in a dead area.
You would have to spend at least a couple months in town to get familiar with the different areas and talk to different people. Once you have an idea you can aks a Chinese assistant to help you browse the online offers for shops and guanxi to shopping malls (basically this is where the consumer action is anyways).
I'm done browsing amazon.cn, jd.com, zol.com & tmall.com - awful offers imho overpriced compared to offers abroad and very limited selection - basically it's a huge dump for electronic trash Intel & other producers dont get rid off for the same price elsewhere.
I'm looking for a good deals site like overstock.com (who is planning to invade the mainland soon). Any ideas / offers?
We had some comprehensive articles on Chengdu snacks and street food
Have a look at these two
Street Food in Chengdu - venturing beyond shaokao
Ready to Eat: market snack attack
Most nightlife for foreigners is happening around, the bars and clubs around Poly Center, Blue Caribbean Plaza & Lan Kwai Fong, most popular KTV for foreigners (including foreign songs with English subs) is ATT on Kehua Beilu.
More in the listing section
For the current events check out the event section or the weekend preview in featured articles.
One of Chongqing's go to places is still Cici, now bigger and at a new location (skip their cocktails though).
Why don't you disclose that you are actually working for Astrill?
You know it's really sad when you have to screen the net and do awfully executed social networking campaigns just to rescue your crappy reputation.
Btw my Astrill account got suspended several times with no reasons given, today again - really shady. Btw here is another thread on crappy Astrill
When signing up with another small or new VPN consider your data safety and avoid all offers that use PPTP protocol - it's not safe at all.
We already figured that ExpressVPN has a crappy, inferior, most overpriced product. Only their customer service is still better than Astrill (not much of an achievement).
Even if you get the fastest internet available, as soon as the connection tries to leave the PRC it will be filtered and blocked or at least significantly slowed down. So a VPN is necessary to accesss most major English sites, and video conferencing would probably not be much fun, especially longer ones on Skype.
I do a lot on the net and it sucks and the restrictions def drives a lot of people away or are at least a major turn off.
As pointed out in other threads, traditional gongfu is not a weekly sports class, it's a whole lifestyle, so the traditional master would usually be out of town like Li Quan you mentioned, or the masters in E'mei shan.
But you might be check out the early morning Taiqi exercises. They are on plazas, parks and along the river. I've heard there is a good master outside the Sichuan Provincial Gymnasium (line 1), and i could imagine there should be someone around the Qingyanggong temple and park since the temple is afaik daoist with a martial arts past.