Date registered: August 24, 2009
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What--no machine require? As a working woman, I use my 豆浆机 EVERYDAY and would not drink soymilk without it. I bought mine at my local department store in Xindu District, on sale for 300 kuai.
If you're not poor, invest another 100 yuan to get a model that self-cleans because that is the only thing I wish mine did.
Soy milk from the dried beans you buy at the market out of sacks (not the kind you buy for snacking), add some brown sugar or rock sugar if you like
Rice and almond milk
Bean-rice medley: soy beans, red beans, mung beans, raw peanuts, and a little black rice
Peanut milk (experiment with different kinds of peanuts, although i like raw the best)
Black rice and sesame
Corn meal slush (congeals after a while)
The 豆浆机 will almost definitely come with a recipe book for fruit drinks (banana peanut) and other stuff (pumpkin soup!). It's awesome.
I didn't encounter any English-speaking staff, but everyone was extremely helpful, attentive, and polite.
The only thing I've had done here is a mouth guard fitting, but it was a good experience.
Foreigners note that several dentist chairs are next to one another in an open room.
Not sure what procedure gets you to a private room (I assume they have some--?).
Five stars from me as well.
According to my Indian friends (and I agree), this is the most authentic/best Indian food in town.
And though it is expensive, all Indian restaurants in Chengdoo are and this is the best bang for your buck.
I suggest you go with the fixed price menu rather than just ordering one dish and nan per person.
Do that and you'll leave hungry (and down about 50 kuai--without ordering drinks or rice!).
I've been here 3 or 4 times, but I've only seen the dancer one.
She does basic belly dancing.
I found it a tiny bit awkward (it's weird to eat and stare at her half naked body at the same time), but it's not too sexual and,
uh, she seemed nice.
Most Wednesday afternoons at 2:30 an American gives a cultural lecture on a topic of their choice.
Usually interesting stuff.
Intended for English students, but interesting for all audiences.
Check out the website for the current lecture schedule.
A very short walk to Tianfu Square, the swimming facilities, and the spacious lobby are the best things this hotel has going for it.
The breakfast is quite nice as well--wide selection of western and Asian dishes (there were some Japanese-influenced options).
To be honest, though, I didn't really feel like I was in a 4-star hotel.
The quality and cleanliness of the rooms seemed like a regular Holiday Inn.
There was soap scum in the shower.
I had a nicer room and facilities at KeHuaYuan Hotel on KeHua Bei Lu across from the Hooters.
No exercise facilities here and the breakfast banquet is significantly smaller, but I prefer the KeHua Bei Lu location (near nightclubs, some great restaurants, a lot of bus lines), although the Dynasty Hotel is more tourist-friendly.
At the Dynasty you may or may not be able to find help in English right away.
They had to make several phone calls to ultimately give me confusing (and incorrect) bus directions in English and Chinese.
Runner up for Best Club?
There is a little room for dancing in the front, as well on small stages that flank the DJ, but careful up there because if you're tall you may bump your head on the speakers.
Some weekends, I've seen gogo dancers on the stages, but they're only par.
No good moves, low energy.
The music is mostly bad Chinese pop.
Not very danceable, but it'll pass if you're drunk.
Drinks aren't too bad on an ex-pat's salary, but they're a little much for my wallet.
If you want to have a good time in this area, I suggest going right across the street and picking up some shaokao, beers, and liquor from the convenience store.
Avoid KTV nights here.
The dancing stops and it gets boring real fast.