Date registered: October 18, 2009
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The Confucius International School is the most elite school in the area. My son at 12 years old already runs his own company and the school agreed to allow him to have his own program based on the business that he already does in addition to their normal course load.
They are thinkers and forward looking and are the only place I could find that would bend to my son's requirements. It was that or take him out of school altogether to begin his career, which would go against the wishes of his Chinese mother and grandparents.
His entrance test, since he is already fluently bilingual, also allowed him to skip 2 grades, thus saving on two years of tuition. Again, most schools would just stick to their pre-determined guidelines. This school thinks outside the box.
And the area around their is set in a museum town full of history and charm, though a bit far for my liking.
You can rest easy. Chengdu is probably much more modern than any city in your home country (no offense to the home country, but you will discover that when you get here, I am certain), but still retains its old China feel in certain areas. It is an internationalized city with a high degree of English speakers due to its burgeoning tech industries. You will want to live in the South if your goal is to be near the majority of expats. Somewhere between Tongzilin and the 4th Ring Road along the Ren Min Nan Lu and Tianfu Da Dao and you will be good.
There is a very active rugby community in Chengdu and your son can play on the city expat team which competes with other cities around China.
Your children can go to any number of international schools. My 12 year old will attend the elite Confucius International School in Anren Town, while many expats are happy with Leman or QSI or Eton.
It is pay as you go, so there are no geographical requirements.
Fresh foods are available daily at your local farmer's market. For imported products there are several options. People find METRO popular for bulk purchases and there is Sabrina's Country Store for other favorites.
I am sure the climate is much better than any place in the UK.
The cost of living here is very low compared to Beijing or Shanghai. You will live well.
The skiing is at Xiling Snow Mountain, a good hour to hour and half drive from the city.
The Bookworm is a focal point and meeting place for many charitable organizations.
It is also a favorite expat hangout for business people.
You don't need to bring anything with you. Everything you need is here or you can get it here.
No worries. Good luck.
B&Q at the XiDan Market in the West has an assortment of seeds and gardening supplies.
We get our soil, seeds and nutrients there.
But usually near any produce farmer's market there is a fresh flower shop and they usually have seeds and pots and soil for sale as well.
I had an MRI at an army hospital somewhere near the area in the Google map link below. It was walk-in service and I was in the machine within 5 minutes of entering the building. Cost 650RMB 3 or 4 years ago. Sorry, I can't remember the name of the place:
Is there any reason why you would not just go down to the PSB office and find out for sure from them? They will tell you the rules and are usually quite accommodating.
I always find, that if you tell them what you want to do, they will help you find the best way to solve your problem, within the regulations and the law.
You will not have to sign up for any contract. You just have to buy a SIM card. I find it is better to buy a phone back home and jailbreak it. I have a guy back home that jailbreaks the phones, but there are all kinds of guys here who can jailbreak your phone, too. New Samsung or higher end cell phones can run between 3,000-5,000RMB, so they are pricier here than back home in my opinion.
Why not buy a gently used smartphone back home for around $100-200 (equivalent to 600-1200RMB) and bring it over. I got my one month old Galaxy for $150 (900RMB equivalent) last time I was back in Canada (maybe the UK is different?)
If you are talking about the Global Center. It has been open for several months. My offices are there. Just not the public areas yet, like the indoor beach and other entertainment areas. Give it a bit. But you can go in and see the office space any time if you are looking to buy or rent.
There is a guy on the second floor of the computer city at the corner of the 1st Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Lu, who did this for my Samsung Google phone, which I believe is the Nexus phone.
The one above the KFC on the north side of the 1st Ring Road.
Take the escalator to the 2nd floor and those guys were right around to the left; the first shop there.
I am sure lots of those guys can solve your problem.
Cost me 50RMB and that included a screen protector and cover.
Just go to the computer city I mentioned above. It's real simple. You don't pay or leave the store til your sim card works in the phone. They will fix whatever you need fixed. 100-200RMB. Plus they'll let you sit there on their Mac laptop connected to your phone uploading whatever apps you want for free.
Second floor of the computer city at the corner of the 1st Ring Road and the Ren Min Nan Lu.
Lots of guys in there can do it. Just flash you iPhone and say "unlock". They all know what you mean. 100-200RMB and they will add on whatever apps you want.
This is not a difficult thing at all and you don't need to worry about if its going to work. If it doesn't, you know where to find them.
They'll do it right in front of you.
There is a little shop at the Song Xian Qiao Art and Antique market beside the root carver guy's shop facing the street immediately west of the market. Walk along there and you will find it. The same side of the market where the car's park along the street on both sides. About halfway down the main market building, facing the street.
There is also one on the second floor of the market where the artist studios are.
Good selection. Cheap.
The wholesale market near the North Train Station has a whole section with zippers. Longest ones I saw though were about a meter, so you have to get two.
Buy two there and then go over to the custom curtain section in the next building and those ladies will sew it on for you.
Zippers are found in the 3rd building back from the 2nd Ring Road on the east side of the market.
Pretty much the worst time of year to come. You go up into the mountains and you'll freeze your ass off.
Stick close to or in Chengdu is your best bet. Do the around or near town things like the Panda Base. Jinsha Museum. Try to catch the Jinsha Musical if it is playing when you are here. Go to Jinli Street, Qintai Lu, the Song Xian Qiao Art and Antique Market and the Kuan Zhai Alley. You could zip down to DuJiangYan and Qingqeng Mountain but it will be cold. San Xing Dui Museum is also a short drive 37km north of the city.
Going up Emei Mountain is not a good idea. Too cold; but you could go to the Leshan Giant Buddha as it is not at elevation. Yeah; if you were doing one day trip; Leshan Buddha would be best. You could hide from the wind in one of the caves from time to time.
Best come back in the late spring or fall.
Canada West appears to have had an unfortunate experience. I have been here 12 years and have vast experience with the healthcare systems here in Chengdu and China.
I am Canadian with 2 sons, 4 and 8, who were both born here. For her stay in the hospital, my wife had a private room with TV/DVD, private bathroom, fridge and a sofa for hubby to sleep on. Service included 24 hour exclusive nurse for her and another for the baby (which included massage). Service also included a nanny/ayi to wash bowls, make formula and do other chores as necessary. She had a natural child-birth, but found using an epidural more comfortable for her, which was available. The docs and nurses had all been trained in the States. Total all-in cost 8,000RMB. 6 day stay.
There is a new Women and Children's Hospital out the West of the city near where I live. 5 minutes outside the Third Ring Road beyond the Supo flyover. (The Western Hi-Tech Zone). Once again. All very new and clean, with excellent doctors. My wife recently had an operation there and was afforded the same private room service with 24 hour nursing care and an ayi for chores.
I myself, cracked the C5 vertebrae in my neck as a result of a sports injury, (an old hockey injury that deteriorated over time didn't help). I walked into an MRI off the street. No wait. 5 minutes; boom! Into a new machine! 500 RMB. The technicians showed me my film within 20 minutes. 4 bulging discs and a fracture.
I went back to Canada; oh glorious Canada, with its vaunted healthcare services and they told me that I would have to wait 9 months just to see a specialist who would then try to get me on the waiting list for disc replacement or fusion surgery (which was 2-3 years out), which they said I badly needed or I would be screwed.
I said, well thanks for that. But what about the 3 years while I am waiting? Only lowered heads met this question.
Back in China, I bought a Chinese voodoo patch that claims to cure the bulging discs along with a nifty neck traction device. And after 4 months of use. The pressure finally lifted off of my nerves. Once in a while I still need to use the traction and a patch.
I could go on and on.
The key is to find someone who knows where to go and not be so arrogant as to think that we in the West have the best technology available in all cases; because we don't.
You can send me a message here with your email and I will be happy to help you ease your concerns.
I would suggest you think about living to the West of Chengdu. It is a better area. Cleaner; fresher air. Traffic is easier. Yes, most foreigners are in the South, but it is packed in down there. It is nice to visit, when I want to hit the bar or restaurants. But I drive, so that is only 15 minutes away around the 3rd Ring Road.
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