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200 kuai for a noname rapper that looks like a talking baozi?
If you have any interest in history or photography I highly recommend to check out the exhibition of Li Zhensheng which shows glimpses of the madness during the Cultural revolution. I've seen the pictures before many times and you can check them out on his website, but seeing them in big prints is another surreal experience again.
Also if you like 2step/garage & grime DJ Royal T has a nice selection that is unheard of in Chengdu.
Strawberry is not even trying, looks like they actively seek to self destroy their festival by holding it on a Monday & Tuesday after a public holiday without bothering to publish a line up.
Papa U-Gee @ Jah Bar looks promising. Anyone else going?
"It's October Holidays - how about we don't have hold any events for all the people who don't have to work so they can bore themselves to death?"
On a serious note check out Inti Santana from Cuba in the Little Bar.
We're going to have another Bittcoin meetup this Thursday 2.30 p.m. @ Bookworm (Terrace)
Feel free to join if you have questions about Bitcoin, blockchain, fintech, crytptocurrencies or if you want to connect to like minded adults that have decided to take self responsibility for their finances.
Chengdu Bitcoin meetup Wednesday March 30 3 PM @ Bookworm (terrace)
Join our growing local group to learn about Bitcoin, altcoins, blockchain technology & fintech investing and share your experience with like minded about debanking and the future of independent finance. Free entrance.
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I've been to Guangzhou several times and got to like it for the time being, but I've never stayed longer than two weeks.
Objectively speaking, Guangzhou is more spread out, more diverse in terms of expat population - including a big African & Arab community (also more diversity of food options), has milder winters and is better connected internationally with various flights and also offers quick train rides to big cities nearby like Shenzhen, Hongkong, Macao. It's a South Chinese city so most people speak Cantonese. Pace seems faster as the Cantonese are very focused on business.
Chengdu is comparatively compact and more centralized, more dense so you wont need to commute all over the place as most needs for foreigners are fully covered in the South, but air pollution is more severe too. Most people speak Sichuanese dialect, and Sichuan province offers a bunch of trips to rural and mountainous areas for the weekend. Sichuanese are more leisure focused so the pace is slower and people spend more time just hanging out.
Not sure what your personal deal breaker would be, I'd recommend to check out both cities first before making a decision.
Fangcao is an older quiet area to live in the Yulin hood about 1 - 3 km away from all the main laowai spots. And Yulin is def one of the more interesting and relaxed spots to live and see a bit of Chengdu other than just concrete blocks. It's technically in the Hi-Tech Zone administration but has nothing to do with the name or ambition and most locals still think it's part of Wuhou district.
So in short Yulin is relatively quiet, connected (between 1st and 2nd ring road, and access to Subway line 1 & 2), cheap but close enough to the action. Def in my top3 choices to live in Chengdu. Congrats
My favorite place is Xitang BBQ which offers great Koran BBQ (Bulgogi), fresh Kimchi and plum wines (and also Japanese spirits)
it's off Exit A of Line 4 wubway station Wannianchang in the East and then go up to the 2nd floor in the pedestrian mall. But they also have an older, smaller shop in Yulin called Ming Tang
Other than that I liked the Korean restaurant opposite Underground Bar at Jiuyanqiao which is run by an actual Korean.
I could imagine there should be at least one decent Korean place inside the Great World Shopping Mall, that run down concrete blob next to the Tongzilin Carrefour as at least some are run by native Koreans.
So let's look back, Bitcoin hit new all time highs on all exchanges. And that despite a crackdown by the Chinese central bank which is pushing all kinds of anti-money laundering & KYC regulations and is planing to tax trades and now even forced a stop of Bitcoin withdrawal from exchanges in China!
However at this point this is just side notes for the decentralized non-state currency of the future and even if Chinese exchanges can't withdraw bitcoin at the moment you can always buy bitcoin from others using
you can find trusted buyers and sellers. Or you can buy some alternative cryptocurrencies (altcoins) withdraw them from Chinese exchanges to exchanges abroad and change them into Bitcoin there.
There is always a way:)
Can foreigners use these ugly green white electric cars? It's 180 yuan a day, 15 half an hour, 5 mao per minute. I wonder what the range is and how long recharging would take
Company is called EVCardchina
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.