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My gym did an indoor marathon event this summer with wechat as the interface. Scan a code on your treadmill to keep track of your distance, look at your miles total and for the week, see who is ahead of you and how far you have to run to overtake the next person...it was pretty fun.
I also study at SWUFE and have checked out four or five gyms in the area, e-Jia and Pioneer Fitness are newly opened/renovated and pretty nice, Miracle Fitness is under renos now, there are a couple down on Da Qing street too, names escape me...but I would be hard pressed to find weights heavier than 35 KG at any of them. You will probably have to go farther afield to find weights that heavy.
My 中兴 n909 has worked with a couple of different ROMs though I have never used cyanogen, and is a China Telecom phone though I have only ever used china mobile cards (gsm) in it. Few years old though.
Recommend the advanced phone search on zol.com, you should find everything you need very quickly there. Link: http://detail.zol.com.cn/[...]
I was about to say to look at the short term rentals on the real estate sites, but it looks like they redirect to a traveller's site anyway. http://www.youtx.com and look for the ones that have discounts for a months' rent, or you can just find a spot you like and ask for the discount anyway.
To find short term rentals/dorms just look up 'duan zu' on the regular real estate websites. Any university area will have tons of them. Your main problem appears to be the language barrier, but if you ask nicely once you arrive it should not be hard to find help.
CCB has reliable English customer service in my experience. They are often on the line when I have to do something complicated at the branch so I would contact them first.
FWIW, my BOC Union Pay card has worked in HK (15 yuan charge, ICBC bank) and in Canada with absolutely no problem, my CCB card never worked but they told me later I had the wrong kind of card number. Also, starting this January non-chip cards will not work in Canadian ATMs, so I need to change at least one of my cards to a chip card.
There is pizza for every budget here. You can get pizzas for around 20 yuan at Hao You Duo or slices for a few yuan at many grocery stores.
For a bit more, you can get pizzas at sit down restaurants. However, most will still use a too thick, par-baked crust, plastic tasting cheese, and cook the pizza at a temperature barely hot enough to melt said cheese.
For pizza that uses fresh dough, is cooked at a high enough temperature to actually blister the crust, and uses good cheese you are looking at 70-120 yuan for a 12 inch pizza, on average, in town. Most of the places making pizza to this standard also use other toppings that are imported and make sense (i.e. no corn) and I am quite happy to pay this.
Invisible, is that place on the north or south side of the first ring?
The last time I tried to buy a copy of English windows here, I was quoted over two thousand RMB. Pirated versions were a mere ten. Pirated versions are, imo, bad news - likely to come with malware or other nasties.
I take my Acer to the repair shop that does official warranty work. They can handle both hardware and software problems.
Chengdu Changneng Service Station
Room 1003, 10th Floor @ World
Southern Second Section of First Ring Road
Chengdu City, Sichuan Prov., China
They should tell you how many students you will have, the students' English level, and some idea of what kind of class they are expecting before you prepare the demo. About fifteen to twenty minutes is enough for a demo.
As for the working conditions/pay/trustworthiness, ask to contact another foreign teacher at the organization and ask your questions. They can be great places to work, or terrible.
I get the living and eating in two places thing, but don't quite get if your problem is a food availability problem or if it is more of a cooking problem. Where I have a few days of limited cooking facilities I do a lot of prep beforehand (cleaning and chopping veg, pre-measuring the seasonings, etc) and pack up a canned good or two and then am ready to go.
To answer the question, sure you can cook things other than rice. I don't think it is easier than cooking on the stovetop though, and usually takes a couple of tries before you get things right.
You might also want to look into a 电热饭盒, they are nice for warming up single servings and some actually do cook rice. They work like a double boiler.
That area is one of the best, food-wise, that I've ever lived/eaten in. Try letting your feet instead of fingers to the walking and find popular small local places; many will deliver for a yuan or two. The effort involved in communicating in Chinese and figuring out which local dishes you like is minimal compared to the long waits and bad food you are currently experiencing.
Yes, Qinyuan brand from Carrefour for a few hundred...we got it after someone told us lots of bottled water suppliers just use the public water supply anyway, not sure how much truth there is to that. A replacement filter unit is about 50 yuan, but after almost two years of use they told us it still does not need to be changed. The water does taste better. We also boil it before pouring it through the filter, though supposedly that is not a common step.