Date registered: April 16, 2009
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Wow, I wish I could do as the mayor of Vilnus. Beats parading around in a crop top and hotpants.
nice photos, dan! :P
That's funny. I had the exact opposite experience the one time I tried to order a pizza at their "pizzeria" location (the one off First Ring Road). After placing our order, we waited 20 minutes only to be informed that they didn't have enough dough to make pizza and we should "choose another." We left, never to return.
If I am making a regular income, I generally spend about 2,000 per month:
-500 to 800 on rent (shared)
-50 to 100 per month on transportation (either bus or bike costs, since I frequently need to repair or replace mine)
-30 to 50 per day on average on food, household goods, toiletries, entertainment, clothing
That list leaves out one major expense of the foreigner who's not working full-time: the visa cost (and associated trips across the border).
During tighter times I would try to stay on 1,000 per month, which only works with the help of friends housing me within walking distance of wherever I need to go, and it's still tough, leaving about 30 per day for food and everything else that happens to arise. Studying at Sichuan Uni breaks down to about 1750 per month, or 60 per day, including tuition, books, and visa!
hey huajiao (and any other interested parties), some of us have put together a little DIY vegetarian cookbook zine with the aim of exchanging recipes that can be made relatively easily, quickly, and cheaply with ingredients readily available. i've got like two copies of the second print run left; if you want one, i'd be happy to give it to you, and if you're interested in working with us to flesh it out (no pun intended) before the third print run, i'd be even happier than your sesame-sauce wosun. e-mail me at my username AT gmail [点] com
I am wondering if there's anybody who wants to meet up regularly to do some crafting? I am a knitter and crocheter and would be happy to teach anyone who's interested, or just have some company of people doing any kind of handicrafts — quilting, sewing, calligraphy, knotting, origami, macrame, scrapbooking, sketching, needle felting, jewelry making — whatever you fancy. Prefer to meet in the south (Yulin or nearby) area, schedule is fairly flexible.
@corygo: Sure, I love doing that. I have a handful of veggie friends and we usually go out to eat every now and then, sometimes at veggie places and sometimes at non (but order only veggie). If you want to join next time just PM me your mobile number. I'm leaving in October but at least we can meet up and I can put you in touch with my other veggie friends.
There is an inexpensive tailor shop out the south gate of Sichuan University, make a sharp left onto the small street and go nearly to the end. It just looks like a messy place with some clothing hanging there. She made me pants for around 70 I think. I brought my own cloth that I purchased at the wholesale market. The workmanship was decent though she just took my waist measurement as I recall so I wouldn't call it really "tailored." The fit wasn't great, but if you're desperate ...
If you're going to study at the school and they don't have any dorms available, ask them to help you find a flat near the school within your price range. SWUFE staff are pretty helpful, I am sure they'll find somebody to help take you around to look at flats.
"Surrounding" Chengdu sounds like it'll be in either a suburb of Chengdu or one of the many small cities outside of Chengdu. I would interpret that as your not being able to get into the city except on weekends (or whichever days you don't have class). And it's definitely not going to be city living, nor modern by Western standards, nor will you find the kind of nightlife you're used to out there. If those are what you're looking for you'd be best off trying to find something in Chengdu proper (like inside the Second Ring Road). Traffic is terrible and buses are slow so even if the language school tells you that it's "near" Chengdu the hassle of getting a bus into the city will not make you want to do it often.
Also, green veggies/mushrooms/many tofu dishes (NOT the egg-battered style though, of course) at any ordinary Chuancai restaurant should count as vegan, I reckon.
There are also hotpot places that will do clear broth (make sure they don't use the fish) and then you can select only vegan stuff to put in the pot. I would think the Taiwanese-style individual pot places are particularly good for this. There's one in Galleria.
Excellent service and ambiance. The food is good, but the prices keep going up, so expect to pay 50 to 60 per head if you're ordering modestly and in a large group — more if you're splurging or with fewer people. Portions are on the small side but well presented. I'd recommend going with a group of 8 to 20 so that you can get a private room (call ahead to reserve, no extra charge) and order lots of different dishes. To my knowledge, Veggie Lifestyle was one of the earliest private vegetarian restaurants to arrive in Chengdu (I first noticed it in 2006), and, after trying most of the vegetarian restaurants that have arrived since (and including the older temple restaurants), my vote still goes to Vegetarian Lifestyle for a nice dinner out. (If you're just looking for something quick and inexpensive, though, I'd go for Daci Temple or the southwest Lotus on the Water.)
go for the 18-kuai soft tacos, it's a much better deal than the burritos. still small and deflated, but at least there's two of them. as to their 'authenticity,' well, there's not all that much to be done about that, except requesting a bottle of tabasco and dumping half of it on, if that helps.
Often hailed as the city's best Thai food. Unfortunately, the competition isn't what one might call stiff. A meal will set you back around 50 kuai per person (more with drinks), and the food is far from authentic, and also not even that close to what the more critical among us might call "good." Much of it is seems to be catering to Sichuan tastes: over-oiled, overpeppered.
Nice little spot next to the Hemp House. Hippie/Dali/SW Asia decor, friendly staff. Nice atmosphere for chatting over a cup of tea or coffee (Yunnan Arabica available, I think for 10 kuai bottomless--that was once one of the best coffee deals in town, although these days it's not as exciting). Snacks and light-meal food available as well, most of which are competent.
Pretty bad food at inversely high prices, unresponsive wait staff. The only reason to go there might be to find a quiet corner where you can use their free (and, since nobody's using it, relatively fast) WiFi. Well, technically you probably have to buy a 15-kuai cup of coffee, but if you can stretch that out all afternoon it's better than the noisy, everybody-coming-up-to-greet-you WiFi alternatives known as Peter's, Bookworm, and Shamrock.