Date registered: August 31, 2010
Region: North America
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This amusment park is just okay, let us be honest. Also, getting out of the park, and home, is a big pain in the ass. Taxis are usually expensive coming back to the center of town... if you can find them!!! Their are so many people exiting the park that it is hard to spot a taxi, and I had to take a balck taxi that was enormously expensive.
The best part about the park, though, is the turkish ice-cream stand, where a really funny turkish man is playing with the ice-cream, and bopping it on kids heads, and so forth.
The rides are okay, and if you like roller coasters, be my guest. Their are very little waits for rides, and their is usually a show that goes on in the center of the park, which is fun to watch.
I will not use empty adjectives like "cozy" or "warm" to describe this cafe/ bar/ bookstore in the center south part of Chengdu. The Bookworm is simply a bookstore with tasty food, foreign (English) books, and a bar that, even in the morning, can fill your pint full of Guiness. Other than the variety of Authors who come and speak about their books, or about other issues, their are events every week. Not many
people know, but every Friday night, their is a live jazz band that is talented. Also, you can check out books if you become a member. Yeah, its relatively pricey for a second tier city in the Southwest of China, but it does have a good cup of coffee that you find in very few places throughout the city. And lets face it, most of Bookworm's clients are rich, so yeah, more power to bookworm for making a buck ;)
As a seasoned Laowai in Chengdu, I can tell you I feel like it is a love-hate type thing with Sabrina's...
Love: I, like many foreigners, just want a slice of cake, or a caprisun drink, or a corona... it makes me feel like I'm home.
Hate: Sabrina's Country store is a relic of the past, when China used to have no foreigners, and thus, foreign goods were extremely difficult to get, importing them into China was also a big pain, etc. Now, more than 8000 foreigners here in Chengdu, I think these prices are disgusting. Yeah, fuwuyuan, with that wide smile, please take my 25 RMB for a CANOFTUNA!!!!!!!
I will never step into this establishment again, and you should not either.
I'm not keen on going club hopping night after night, but I will tell you Club 88 is top-notch when talking about the Chengdu array of clubs and bars stretching from the North train station all the way down to the American Consulate and the South side of the city. 88 is extremely happening, pretty much every night of the week. The best bar about it is, it is next to around 4 rival clubs, so if you get bored of one, you can go to the next bar and so on.
1. Did not exit the bar alone. Their have been reported cases of attacks, and I know that when hundreds of drunk men are club hopping, it is good to stay within a group.
2. If you want to go, tell the taxi driver ba1si2ba1 (Local Sichuan Hua for "88"), and they will all know how to get there.
The small blurb written above "Coffee, cakes, muffins, pies, etc. from the Comforts of Home folks" does not encapsulate this small coffee shop/ bakery in the quiet tibetan neighborhood of a bigger, busier, and louder Chengdu. From the first ring road, hang a left (or a right depending where you come from) onto a small street (forgot the name of the street), and at the end of this crevice of a street, you will see the sign for the bakery.
It is larger than other cafe's around Chengdu, but still contends that small, coy, feel to it. The staff is friendly, but not the fastest staff. I ordered a sandwich, and while the sandwich came out ready to eat fairly quickly, the water was a whole other story. I waited for water, and I eventually had to go up to the counter and ask for it myself... TWICE!!!!!
Other than the service, I must say this bakery is a gem in Chengdu, and on the Mainland as well.
Order the Brownie (By the way, prices are extremely reasonable!!! I believe the brownie is around 7 RMB, but again, don;t take my word for it, go there and see for yourself). The brownie is to die for!! It is the best brownie I ever had!
I must say, this coffee house is divine.
As a people admirer, I believe that coffee houses ought to provide, out of many things, one that stands out:
Needless to say, this coffee house has got it! Being that it is in a second-tier CHINESE city (not to say anything negative about China, but good coffee houses are uncommon), it is unbelievable that Chengdu even has such a place! Open daily until 10 pm, having a semi-affordable cup of coffee, and sumptuous cakes, treats, and such, it is a hangout that is unbeatable in Chengdu's "out in the sticks" west part of town. Also, this shop has:
1) Wednesday and Saturday night English corners (7 pm-10 pm)
2) Great BBQ around the area
3) A WESTERN TOILET :)
Downsides of the coffee shop:
1) Repetitive music
2) A smoker room/ area (I kind of like smoking everywhere, as a smoker myself)
3) Sunday not open until the afternoon (not sure about when in the afternoon, I believe 2 or 3 o' clock)