Date registered: May 5, 2009
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camping wasn't too well organised last year (the way i like indie festivals to be, make no mistake), and in the end i just put my tent up on a random spot and wasn't given any hassle. the fact that we could party at the electronic panda stage until late (and that there were weekend passes), meant that security didn't bother if you stayed on the inside after the main acts finish. not so sure if they'll just kick everyone out after the show? i tried calling the organisers (beijing number on the website's contact page), and they didn't know if there was camping or not.
i'm still going to try, though.
Asked my coworkers and they said that there is actually a law that prohibits a passenger on a bicycle or battery operated scooter, and this is only an issue at intersections, since this is where the cops and flag-wavers are.
Of course there is nothing on any government website stating this, but there you go.
OK, I've been here for two weeks now, and my body is starting to hate me. 90% of the meals I've had were in restaurants, and I'm completely addicted to all the great local dishes. Problem is, they are usually pretty oily. Delicious, but maybe not so healthy, so I'm trying to cut down on the oil. Are there any recommendations on local dishes that are a little easier on the cholesterol levels?
I went over to a place with a cute name (which I can't quite recall, but it was something like "tea house takes a bath") for a phenomenal 2 hour massage yesterday. It was fantastic, but at the 120 yuan price tag, I doubt if I'll go there often. Any recommendations on cheaper 1 hour body massages? Not the naughty kind... :)
i believe that a lot (of not most) of the secondhand bikes are stolen. i've heard some sad stories about people who paid 400 kuai for a new cheapie chinese bike, of which the pedals broke on the second day.
there are a few Giant stores around town (and a Trek one, but I haven't been there). They sell decent bikes - you can get a bike (that would set you back more than $200 in the West) for under a $100 US. i just bought a nice 18 speed city bike (with a lame basket), with front suspension, shimano gears and a bunch of locks and water bottles for a thousand kuai. sounds like a lot, but you can easily spend that much on repairs on shoddily built bikes. also, you can get the plain Giants for about 580 kuai (the prices are fixed in all the Giant stores, I checked :))
just be sure to lock your baby up, you don't want it to fall into that "secondhand" market.
ps. bicycle street - 自行车一条街 (if you're set on getting a cheapie) is at west yulong street - 西玉龙街. another good spot (particularly for the battery bikes) is at the east second ring road, section four (southeast - right across the street from the carrefour there).
I'm arriving in Chengdu at night, touching down at 22h00. I checked googlemaps (which recently added directions by "public transportation") and it seems that the buses run from the airport to the city. What it fails to mention is the time that the buses stop running. Has anyone taken a bus from the airport late at night, or is it best to just take a taxi (and how much does that generally cost by the meter)? Anything to look out for?
What mobile phone service provider is the most reliable (and has the best coverage) in Chengdu/Sichuan? Both the standard pay-as-you-go SIM card type, or the contract packages. Does China Mobile have a monopoly in the region or are there other carriers?
Hey, I'm new here. I've got a few electronic devices that only have 120v adapters (adapters like on your laptop or your cellphone charger, but they don't go up all the way to 220v).
Is there an electronics market/reputable area where I can find these sorts of things. Oh, and computers (or computer components).
hapatofu, thanks a lot for the info. i'll investigate all of the uni's you mentioned. i'm particularly interested in sichuan uni, mostly so because it i'll be able to walk there from my apartment (once i get to chengdoo). but the big classes are a BIG drawback. on your topic of private tutoring, what do you reckon the going rate for a one-on-one, experienced tutor will be? preferably a teacher who i'd pay to do what he/she does in class, but to an induvidual/small group.
sorry to bombard with the questions, i'd just like to get the ball rolling as soon as possible to get going with my studies again! :)
take it easy.
I've studied Mandarin for about a year and a half in Taipei at NTNU's Mandarin Training Center, and I enjoyed it immensely: both because of the teaching methods they used and the pressures of having classmates (so I HAD to study to avoid looking like an idiot!).
What are your recommendations for language schools/universities in Chengdu? I'm looking at doing about ten hours of class per week, and I'd prefer to have classmates (as opposed to private tutoring), homework, exams and the like. I'm not looking into earning a degree in Mandarin Chinese, just to improve my language skills, since I figure I'll be living over here for a few more years to come.
If you can give any advice of places to try (or to avoid!), please give a shout! Cheers!