Date registered: July 23, 2009
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What? 2 bottles of beer? Who are you kidding?!
Get yourself an 8 bottle sized kettle and do it properly!
Don't go overkill on the citrus fruit and don't omit the ginger!
Is it just me, or is the aircraft carrier "fly off the rails" pose singularly inappropriate for the railway company?
@AlexKMG Apart from the section titled "dining" above?
If you're in the Home Inn sort of budget then I used to stay at the No. 9 Business Hotel http://ditu.google.cn/[...] quite a lot and this was consistently cheaper and nicer. Last time I was there more recently though it seemed somehow to be both more expensive and more run down than I remembered so YMMV.
Never actually stayed there myself, but the Yangtze River International Youth Hostel in Chaotianmen always gets good reviews from plenty of friends of mine who have.
@iraglass Certainly didn't mean to suggest that you regularly do #11. Never in front of me that I can recall, and I'm sure less than anyone other mums I know. I'm also don't want to come across suggesting that kids shouldn't be allowed to run around and act a bit crazy a lot of the time — just not in 5* restaurants, churches, department stores, etc or even the middle of the road for that matter (well, maybe some kids...)
> there have been many times when my shushing and stern warnings
> to said child have been met with so many, "小孩子就这样!" and "不管他!"
> and other vociferous rebuttals from friends/family/bystanders that in
> the end i had to leave it alone or come off as a complete shrew.
> thereby undermining my authority in my child's eyes...
ha, an interesting thought.
You can legally work as a student so long as you have permission from both your university and your employer to do so and the PSB endorses your visa for this. There are supposed to be additional guidelines about what sort of jobs are permitted, but as yet these haven't been implemented in Chengdu and so it seems that for now anything goes.
There's still lots of cash in hand employment to be had if you don't mind going down that route. If you want to stay in China long term then be aware you won't be able to use this on your CV as relevant experience when you apply for a visa for full time employment.
Chinese bank cards worked at some ATMs when I tried, MasterCard and Visa worked at all.
Chinese visitors are now eligible for a tourist visa on arrival, although if she is flying then China doesn't seem to let people board flights without a visa in their passport. Maybe she can contact our office about this (8508 2770) for more up to date information. I assume she doesn't want to join one of our tours, but we might be able to help her out with a visa.
Language won't be an issue if she's fluent in English.
You can change Chinese currency in Kathmandu, but it's better for her to take some US dollars in cash as well.
There are plenty of Chinese travellers and a few expats in Kathmandu, she won't have trouble meeting them.
Since my last post I've successfully roamed my China Telecom phone abroad — across a lot of Europe as well as parts of SE Asia. Worked flawlessly without changing handset. You do need a "global ready" device though.
This is 阶梯电价, where, in a bizarre reverse discount scheme, the more units of power you use, the more each unit costs!
You'd have thought the rates would be published here: http://www.sc.sgcc.com.cn/html/main/index.html, but I can't see them anywhere.
I think (though am not certain) that the first 180 KWh are at 0.5224元/KWh, units 181 - 240 are at 0.6224元/KWh and beyond 240 units costs 0.8224元.
A new review is in order for this place now that I've visited several times plus they have redecorated and included a few seats. Food is pretty tasty and definitely value for money (read not bad and very cheap!). You probably wouldn't want to travel from the other side of town just to get there, but if you're in the area and after something cheap and tasty I'd strongly recommend it.
@Birdman I'm going to refrain from linking to it, largely because this post will get deleted if I do, but look at the reviews over the last couple of weeks of the only other Middle Eastern restaurant in the listings section here that's still in business.
For an actual review, I haven't been back in the best part of a year, and even then this restaurant was only a shadow of its former self. I can't imagine it has improved any since.
Not a fan of the Jelly Fish at all, and so didn't get around to checking this place out until last night as a result, but really impressed. Good, reasonably priced food and a great beer selection to boot. Hope you manage to keep it up.
Have to agree with ATChengdu about the fries actually. They're OK, but not as good as the very best in town (wonder if we're thinking of the same place or not?). Both the burger and steak only came with a pretty measly seven of them as well (we counted!)
Finally headed there last night on the back of these reviews and other recommendations. I really wanted to enjoy it but sadly came away very disappointed.
Not sure if it was just because the owners weren't there but the food was atrocious. Best dish was a passable but hardly great Chicken Kadai. Worst was a Lamb Vindaloo that was basically just Tudou Shao Yangrou and no hint of curry in any way shape or form. We also had completely flavourless tasteless steamed potato and cauliflower (supposedly Aloo gobi) and Samosas which were genuinely inedible.
One star because I'm glad someone's trying to establish another Indian restaurant in Chengdu (sorely needed) and the service was OK with friendly staff.
I'll be sticking with Namaste for a while though.