Date registered: August 16, 2009
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Large nightclubs are pretty useless in any country, let alone Chengdu. They're just large, noisy, sweaty containers. Smaller bars in Chengdu occasionally have some great stuff and it appears that the younger generation (under 25) of locals are getting into slightly better music (not bland pop). For my part though I've always rated Seven Club since it has a dance floor and sometimes plays a kinda of Latin music and singalong Chinese anthems rather than the usual R & B monstrosities.
Large nightclub are pretty useless in any country, let alone Chengdu. They're just large, noisy, sweaty containers. Smaller bars in Chengdu occasionally have some great stuff and it appears that the younger generation (under 25) of locals are getting into slightly better music (not bland pop). For my part though I've always rated Seven Club since it has a dance floor and sometimes plays a kinda of Latin music and singalong Chinese anthems rather than the usual R & B monstrosities.
Leman, QSI and CDIS are the international schools catering for students holding foreign passports. These are probably the best options. I've heard good things about Lemans and QSI but don't expect them to be fantastic.
Other "international" schools such as Meishi, Beanstalk, Confucius (CISCD), Oxford International or Malvern College are squarely aimed at the Chinese education market, and, my god, there is an strong emphasis on "market" rather than "education". The only other foreign students at these type of schools are likely to be the children of staff. There are conscientious and experienced teachers at all these "Chinese International" schools I think it wouldn't be appropriate for a non-Chinese student as some of the arts, History and English literature are not often provided.
I have been on 5 consecutive Z working visas with the same company. I wish to change my company now but have been told I must leave China for one year before I can obtain a new z-visa. I heard many variations on this particular rule. I've heard that one month leave is enough or six months too. Several times I have heard that the policy has changed.
I'm wondering if anyone has had any experience with this. And whether switching to a different visa for a while means I can come back on to a Z later on.
Yeah I went to that Yu's Family Restaurant place. Certainly inventive but I prefer the more robust fare to be found in small backstreet places. Call me a philistine but I find the expensive stuff here far too finicky. "Da rong he" on Zijing Bei lu in the south is pretty good for a more upmarket experience and it has lovely big picture menu if you can't speak Chinese. There is also a chongqing hotpot place on that road nearer the 2nd ring road that is pretty good. Day to day, just walk around outside the centre and from 11am-2pm and 6pm-9pm and eat at the most crowded place.
Went to the 2 for one deal on opening night ordered a fruit beer, followed by an Chengdu Craft IPA and finally a Vedett brand beer. The fruit beer had ice in it and as a result was pretty much tasteless, the IPA was (very) off and the Vedett was pissy but passable but far from the Vedett I've tried in the past. I've only been to a 'beer nest' this once and I'm willing to believe it was just a bad night but if this is the normal standard I shan't be coming back.
4.5 Stars would be more accurate because at present they only offer a set meal, which is delicious and well priced, but a menu is needed once customers find out what they like. The ambiance is quite nice and could become a spot for a quiet drink with the outside area.
Apparently the most authentic Indian restaurant in town. If authentic means tasteless and overpriced then this has authenticity in abundance.
We ate a set meal for two. This included the tandoori chicken, fish, chicken curry, pilau rice and a single small nan. Only one nan. A set meal for two with only one nan. That makes little sense to me.
The service is passable albeit functional. I don't really mind bad service so long as the food is delicious, but I noted that no glass of water or tea was offered upon arrival.
The entree consisted of a too sweet but potable soup and a plate of diced carrot, cucumber and turnip. The diced vegetables looked like they had been left out on the counter for a week and were covered in black specks of dirt and browning at the corners.
We instinctively ignored these starters in expectation of a lovely portion of chicken. When it arrived my heart fell. The portion was SO small, about a mouthful of chicken. It was chewy and tasted fairly bland. The single small fish I received was tasty but not enough to feed all but the very smallest of mammals.
The most embarrassing dish was the chicken curry. 'Mild' is one word to describe the taste, 'Shit' is far more accurate adjective. Again the chicken was uncommonly chewy. The tablespoon of rice pudding at the end was pleasant enough but couldn't salvage a disappointing meal.
We had bought a set meal off the internet for 100kuai at a discount from 400kuai. I felt that I had been ripped off even with the discount.
I simply cannot believe they charge 400kuai for a meal as poor as this. I have to assume they served us a cheap approximation of what the 400kuai actual buys. If this is the case then the proprietors are not only inept but also dishonest and idiotic. Surely a discount offer is designed to drum up business not drive it away?
And they only gave us one nan.
Don't eat here.
I think there might be a few Chen Mapo Doufu places knocking around but the one I went to is on Yulong West Street (西玉龙街). The service wasn't great. They didn't inform us that they had no aubergine left until well after we had finished all our other dishes and had hassled the waiting staff several times for aubergine dish we had ordered.
That aside the meal was very nice and at a very reasonable prices. The mapo doufu unsurprisingly was a highlight. Recommend.