Date registered: April 16, 2009
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@miya: qunguang guangchang IS chicony
Yeah, there are official and unofficial parking lots around the venue. We parked in one close to the main entrance, a really bumpy dirt lot, and it was RMB25 for an SUV. Don't know how much they'd charge a motorbike but I'd reckon less.
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Well, let's not forget that the article was written in the pre-H&M, C&A, zara, mango, etc. days. Possibly uniqlo as well. I can't remember exactly. Anyway, it's definitely getting easier to get larger sizes than it was before. But are they what you want, the quality you want, and the price you want? Jury's still out on that one. Better to make my own and stock up when I go abroad.
I'd say stick with it; any knowledge you have of Chinese of any sort will help when you arrive. Pretty much everyone here can understand Mandarin and most people with basic education can speak it as well (although they might prefer to speak dialect). There aren't very many formal resources for learning Sichuanese, especially for people who aren't native Mandarin speakers, but you'll probably pick up some phrases anyway just by living here. And if you speak Mandarin it'll just be a matter of adjusting your listening to be able to understand the dialect.
I knew a guy who did the entire Pimsleur Mandarin before he arrived and although he wasn't fluent or anything by then, I was really impressed by his pronunciation and general grasp of the language. I think it really helps with listening and pronunciation because of all the repetition but it is a bit lacking in vocabulary (but once you have basics down it's easy enough to pick up new vocabulary on your own).
Nice food, extremely reasonably priced, intimate atmosphere. The only drawback is that the menu is rather limited in its selection; but as it rotates every month or so, it's not too bad. Definitely a go-to place if you're looking for something other than Chinese food.
This museum is one of the best in Chengdu. Reminiscent of the Shanghai Museum in content and layout, it gives a good overview of the region's history and traditional culture by way of thousands upon thousands of amazingly intact artifacts, some of which are thousands of years old. Upper floors feature artifacts used by some of the province's minority ethnic groups, including Tibetans, Yi, Qiang, and Hui. Well worth a visit whether you live here or are traveling through.
A pretty cool little space, as far as Chengdu's galleries go. The exhibits always feature work I've not seen elsewhere, unlike many of Chengdu's incestuous exhibitions, and usually, the photography on display are solid and revolve around a concrete theme. And it's very cool when they have outdoor exhibits. But it's pretty far out of the way, and viewing will only take a few minutes for most people.
I went to Dufu's when I had first moved to Chengdu. All I have to say is, I'm glad I didn't pay the 60RMB entrance fee! Especially if you have no knowledge of Dufu, classical Chinese literature, etc., you probably won't find much of particular interest here. The grounds are fairly nice but all the structures are obviously new reconstructions, with a handful of manuscripts and other artifacts on display. Finally, Dufu spent only several years of his life in Chengdu so I'm not even sure what the big fuss is about.
A cozy corner near Sichuan University's east gate serving all sorts of teas as well as a more limited selection of coffee and sweet summertime drinks and snacks. Energetic, friendly owner will make you feel at home and talk to you no matter what language/s you do or don't speak. Clean, bright, and quiet during the daytime makes it an ideal place for 'net surfing or studying. Recently started bar service means it's a calmer nighttime respite from the thumping BABI II complex.