Date registered: September 21, 2009
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Haha Taobao - I wonder if they really sell medical supplies there...
You could try going to the Chengdu University of Traditional Chinese Medicine - I used to have some friends that went to school there - maybe you could drop in sometime, check out the clinic where the students are training and ask where to get supplies? I think this is the address: 四川省成都市金牛区十二桥路39号 and I believe one of the closest bus stops is 中医附院。 Good luck!
But it isn't really that difficult to get prescriptions...if you can get someone to help you find the Chinese name, almost any pharmacy will give it to you (at least in my experience). And there are also a few Western doctors here who can get you stuff. Last time I went back I brought ibuprofen with me and a bunch of natural medicines. I was most thankful for that little bottle of ibuprofen!!
When wanting to buy a ticket in cash (RMB), I usually go through Andy at New Bright Aviation as well! They bring the ticket to your door.
For the web, it depends on where you're going. I've used airasia, elong and sites like travelocity. It depends on how you want to pay.
As magentalisted said before, most of the details for He Ri Jun (何日君) in Ni Jiao Qiao (倪家桥) are almost right. But it's now 80 kuai - you can use it for 24 hours. If you go at night there is a free buffet (which was pretty good actually) and there's always free tea and fruit.
It's more like a bathhouse than a "hot spring". But if you want a break from the city for a night out, it's a good place.
What was different than most bathhouses I've been to is that there are two "rest" areas with these reclining chairs. Around 2 a.m. after everyone had soaked themselves dehydrated and eaten themselves full, everyone retreated to these rooms for massages and whatnot and then just fell asleep! My friend told me we could just sleep in there all night, and most people do, but we ended up leaving around 3. You could easily sleep there in the room all night (they turn all the lights out) and then leave early in the morn.
There are also rooms to play pool, play cards/majiang and watching t.v. The room for the kids to play in I think is open 24 hours as well. There were kids in there at 1 ha!
But warning - it is really full. I wouldn't suggest going on a Friday or Saturday. We went Sunday and it was completely packed.
I have been wondering this for a while. Some friends of mine just came back from Chongqing and said they went to one of those "hot springs" that's basically like a spa for only 69 kuai for the day. I was wondering if Chengdu has anything like that? There is one down the street from my house near 倪家桥 but I'm not sure what it's like.
I'm just not a big fan of the "natural" hot springs I've been to in the surrounding areas of Chengdu that have such strong sulfur smells and dye your skin black. I'd much rather go to a bath house. Suggestions, comments?
Last year some friends and I went to the Shangrila for their buffet for Thanksgiving. It's one of the best buffets I've ever been to (definitely best in China, but it's up there as far as buffets back home go). They usually on holidays have turkey or something special - you can call ahead to find out! A bit pricey (150-200 I think for the holidays), but it's worth it.
If you have a day, around noon after on, you can try over by Yan Shi Kou (盐石口) down the street from Chunxi Lu. There's three places,some of the stores are trendy, but you can at least find some pieces that you can mix and match: the first is a giant kind of market with 4 or 5 floors on the inside. Go in and go straight up to 3, 4 and 5. There is definitely clothes in your size, and you can try stuff on. You just have to have patience to look around. The higher you go up, the more expensive the clothes get, but they're still cheaper and more fashionable than the crap in Chunxi Lu.
Second is Xin Zhong Xin (新中心)which is right next to that. You past the Dico's and go left, there's a bunch of tattoo places. Sometimes there's stuff in there. Don't get discouraged by how trendy everything looks, you just have to look around.
Third, there's a place called Ego, this Korean kind of department store in between Yan Shi Kou and Chunxi Lu (Chao Liu Guang Chang 潮流广场). The bottom floor of this has a huge mix of stuff, some prices are cheap some are expensive, but decent quality and you can try stuff on!
I have a small couch/sofa at my place that has some pretty big tears in it. Anyone have any ideas how to fix it? I went to a place similar to a Home Depot in the U.S. called B & O to look for some kind of material maybe to glue/stitch onto it, but they didn't have anything.
He Hua Chi? Lotus Market? I'm thinking to stitch on top of the holes, or find some kind of sofa cover. It is made of that fake brown leather.
I bought some outside of Chuan Da's West gate last fall - I think it was over 30 kuai for a pretty large bag. Go out of West gate past the little bread shop and there's a flower store there. You can ask there. Just ask around any place you see plants haha.