Date registered: April 18, 2009
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The place for beer in Chengdu, and Hugo is constantly on trips abroad to source new beers. Actually sometimes I feel the offers are rotating a bit too fast for me to catch up. Anyways, feels good to see a well managed bar for once (ok, ok they could switch the tape they are playing every day).
This used to be the go to place for foreigners in the Zongbei area, food used to be solid, affordable, portions generous, and thanks to an English menu(!) it was voted best Sichuanese restaurant by the expat community in the past. The last couple of years however it followed the general trend of the industry and food quality went down a bit.
But the good news is after some renovation management seems to be back on top of things at least that's what we felt yesterday.
In fact the food preparation has been better than ever before, and Sichuanese cuisine can be so incredibly tasty if done well. And yes it was. I hope it stays that way. I know you can do it Yangyang.
From a pure architectural point of view probably the temples most worth visiting in Chengdu. I really like the reconstruction work of the roofs with good eye for detail and and to top it the little figurines. Historically it's worth a look if you were under the impression that Taoism is a peace-loving ideology - almost every statue carries a sword and as such also a reference point for local martial arts.
There is a teahouse which offers vegetarian lunch but with a C rating in hygiene I wouldnt be all that tempted. There are more teahouses in the bigger and adjacent Wenhua Park which is free to visit.
All in all worth the 10 kuai entrance, and wouldn't mind to come back
If you're living in the South this seems to be a better option than more central Xinnanmen Station as it's a bit less crowden and you can skip the crazy inner-city traffic which would take the bus another extra half an hour.
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They charge higher prices via undocumented extra booking fees (for connecting flights) and by using a crappy conversion rate from RM to the RMB, which would make you lose another 15%. Would, because nobody ever goes there, and there surely isn't a reason unless you no other way pay tickets than cash.
if want to get away from the busy beaches in Sanya Lili and Juqi happen to run a guesthouse about 30km east of Sanya between Yalong Bay and Haitang Bay in a little fisher village with a 1km long beach and waves for surfers.
There is hardly a better free spot in Chengdu to while when the sun eventually comes out. Get a 10 kuai tea and sit in the park all day with your friends. There are also a few birdwatchers strolling around.
The North section charges RMB20, it's worth once to check out the pagodas and the little exhibition, but there are almost no places to sit down.
Chengdu's worst tourist trap. Extremely expensive, the shadow puppet "performance" is laughable, as are the "subtitles" and the pop music on top of the traditional music.
Better watch a free show somewhere else - mask changing is the main attraction anyways.
The museum is gone btw.
The dumplings zhongshuijiao in the restaurants in downstairs are worth a try btw.