Date registered: August 22, 2014
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Wow, interesting story.
Now that you mention it,
the vast selection at M99 does seem a bit fishy.
And switching out contents of the bottle is certainly not unheard of in the bar/KTV scenes.
You remind me of my brother.
He almost will not leave Michigan because of his beer demands.
I haven't been to M99 for months.
I've started buying this white beer at Hongqi from beijing, BaiRen Bahe.
It's 7 kuai and pretty tasty.
4-5% or something.
Tigerman is completely right on the supply/demand factor.
Chinese just don't care about beer that much.
Though I have to say, an ice cold chinese lager does seem to hold it's own at a table of hot pot or shao kao.
Intertwine with bai jiu/pao jiu for hallucinations.
I second Isabella. PageOne on the 5th floor of IFS is great.
Under Tai Koo Li, next door, is a huge, cavernous bookstore which is a real hit right now (fang suo?).
I think they have fewer English books, though.
5th floor of IFS also happens to have a pretty rad bowling alley with tap beers, food and pool.
It's just a bit pricey - from Taiwan I believe.
I suppose Wenjiang would have quite a few bars and things based on its five colleges.
Mind you, they would be local bars, which means no bar at all, pitch black - save the the whippersnappin' disco lasers - with blaring pop music and being empty 95% of the time.
Southern China is woefully inferior to Northern China's drinking/bar culture, where they have performances, beauty contests, monkey king impersonators, acrobats, drinking competitions, midgets, comedians, hostesses and anything else that can battle the frigid winters.
Around here, people are more likely to sit around in a teahouse for 10 hours of wall staring.
Just stepped into M99 BEER yesterday (Hongpailou).
Truly is a shocking collection of beers for this side of the ... uh... river Huai?
Mostly European brews, yet with a pricey American craft section.
Tables to sit and drink, order food in, and - get this -
Beerlao and Singha of course were the best value, but delicious nevertheless.
I've seen a lot of chinese dudes with punching bags outside of their machine shop or whatnot.
You might even be able to set up a sparring/boxing club.
I'm pretty sure Chongqing has one of these.
Check out the Sports University for other sports.
Or you might get a mean badminton competition on with some of the old ladies at People's Park. haha
Chengdu is a-o-k.
Nothing really to complain about here - yet I would argue that it is not as "international" as people like to bill it as.
I'd say that's an advantage, myself.
You have your handful of foreign bars and clubs (and 7-11s have been proliferating the city), but at heart it's still kind of a back o' the basin stillwater with flatlanders navigating a simple grid of roads on e-bikes.
That said, there's still plenty to explore within the city; plus multitudes more once you venture out of the city limits.
The surrounding areas may be the main reason it gets so much attention.
You would probably be able to see the foothills of the Himalayas from town granted two things: a) a single hill or accessible high-point in the city. b) a return to pre-industrial air quality.
Some reasons to consider moving here are:
the airport is adding new international destinations almost monthly -- The local cuisine goes uncontested from any city in the country -- The local dialect is hilarious -- The foreign scene is quite big and active -- and the job market is booming.
Some reasons to maybe go somewhere else are: grey skies -- lack of any inspiring architecture or civic design (ok, 2nd ring is pretty cool, but Tianfu square is hideous) -- the everpresent tuhao culture that seems to affect Chengdu more than other cities.
Give it a shot, mate.
No loss in spending a year anywhere, I reckon.
I know some people who've been pick-pocketed recently.
These guys are pros.
Most of them are well-dressed, too.
Wearing long-sleeves-on-a-hot-day type of thing.
Avoid Chunxi Road - period.
They are not just minority kids like in the old days.
I think 15000 is decent in Chengdu.
Like invisible said, if you live DIY you can probably save most of that.
It's very easy to live on 5,000/month if you don't have any demons to exorcise.
It's not Shanghai or Beijing -- Yet.
7-11 is pretty reliable.
The best one I've found is the Korean beer Cass.
I buy the tallboys for just under 10 kuai.
What's even better is Cass Red, which is almost impossible to find.
(Supermarket under Global Center had it)
It clocks in at about 8%, and is still around 10 kuai for a big guy.
Maybe if enough demand is generated, it will be more available .
But I'm beginning to think there are restrictions on real beer coming into China.
All bars and restaurants aside, where do you buy beer?
What beer do you find the best 'bang for your buck' so to speak?
I'm really tired of chinese beers.
A luke-warm bottle of 2.3% Xuehua (snow) makes me nearly vomit.
I see tons of German imports around, but that's about it.
German beer is mostly a bit skunky for my taste. The world of beer is so much larger than Germany.
Any suggestions on a beer that's over 5% alc. but not 20 yuan per bottle/can?