Date registered: April 18, 2009
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Buying shoes is really mafan in Chengdu, most are uber-ugly look like some left-overs from the 90s. They are either almost the same price like in the West for the big brands or usually don't have your size. It's always a compromise. Last time I got a pair at the Lotus Market, not really good, but don't know where else to go for cheapo. I guess next time I just go to Chunxi and pay a bit extra.
I'm not vegetarian either, but the only ok veggie place is Vegetarian Lifestyle on Babaojie (despite their pretentious no-policies, no smoking, no this, not that blabla). All the other Chinese veggie places don't really seem to know how to cook, and I never got the point of imitating meat dishes, no they don't taste good and are overpriced. And last not least please don't call it green it's hurting my intelligence.
I agree with Lavender all that Xinjiang food in town doesn't seem real. At best it's average or cheap like the one at the Chuanda South gate. However it seems best to have a few meat skewers and a piece of bread. The noodles are also nice, but you can get them at pretty much any Lanzhou Lamian.
There used to be lesson's at Carol's Too, but last time checking it seems they stopped it. I've heard they have lessons in a school on top of the Great Wall Shopping Center (next to the Tongzilin Carrefour). Anyways I probably hook up a Latin night with Salsa/Merengue in September at Xiongmao. Watch this space.
LOVE IT! It's been on high-ranking on my list of must-order dishes, but only if it's done well, make sure sauce is not watered down and avoid the MSG. Imo Tiantian currently has a nice MDF. However it seems the dish is more popular among meat-lover and tofu skeptics (like me). Vegans and Vegetarians usually won't like it that much, maybe it's because if you order it without meat it looses some of it's original flavor. It's perfect just with rice or even better in combination with mash potatoes which could make it a proper meal on its own. 3 thumbs up!
I agree the "black taxis" at the airport are fannoying. They overcharge you, but sometimes during rush hour downtown they are the only option if you can't find another taxi. They usually charge you more, they are less familiar with the city and the fastest way to go. On the other hand as some of the drivers just do it to make a living as they lost their jobs due recession they can be good for a nice chat. However if you are new in town and want a personal driver to get around town without waiting for taxis all the time they can be pretty convinient.
Quality is ok, but I couldn't spot a copy with English subtitles, afaik it hasn't been released outside of China. But you could copy the movie file onto your hard disk and download English subtitles from the net.
If you watch it in Chinese, it's not easy to follow as the actors speak in different dialects, and you have to be quick to catch up with the Chinese subtitles.
Try the DJ Studio near Chunxi Lu, Dongda Shangye Guangchang Room 513, corner Hongxing Lu. 81280830, 13518186382 or get on the cab and ask the driver to take you to DAFA and he will get you to an area near the city center, with a dozen shops that have equipment.
Just missed the Chinese Chess League
that started this week in Chengdu. The chess news didn't even bother to mention the city name, apart from this one:
there is a forum on international chess in Chengdu
Would be nice to have a spot in town to meet once a week and play with a clock.
So stick to the monopolist China Mobile the pay-as-you-go SIM. Maybe this or next year they open the market for foreign communication companies and the situation might change.
Contact rachelqueen AT live DOT cn. She offers Sichuanhua tudoring, but I haven't tried yet.
You can also put up a classifieds on the site and we can include it in the classified section of Chengdoo Citylife magazine as well.
You find some Sichuanhua language charts in some issues like issue 21 "question" page 37 and Issue 20 had a double spread introduction on Sichuanes page p. 36/37. They are available for pdf download www.chengdoo-magazine.com.
Also Sichuan University has a class one hour a week. The lessons and teacher are funny and you get some materials that are otherwise hard to find. But don't take everything for granted, as the distinction between Sichuanhua and Chengduhua is blurry and the teacher doesn't seem to pay that much attention on the variation of local dialects within Sichuan. It's not scientific as you would expect it from an university teacher, but still useful nontheless.
I strongly recomend learning Sichuanhua as it makes your everyday life easier, you get better bargains faster and you get closer to their hearts:)
If anyone has more scientific material source on Sichuanhua please reply.
2. plus Yulin, Tongzilin. 2000 RMB gets you a very decent appartment including all your special demands (like rooftop garden, nice view, etc.). Forget the city center, the life is in the south.
Check the listing on this site and or download a pdf from www.chengdoo-magazine.com if you want a clue on the city's lifestyle.