Date registered: February 16, 2010
Region: North America
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I found this to be a very nice little bar. They have a relatively decent (for a Chengdu bar) beer menu, which I found to be particularly nice because of the discount you get if you buy a whole six pack. Also the owner of the bar is incredibly nice and greeted me nearly as soon as I sat down and had a drink. They had a nice jazz band playing to set the atmosphere and on the night I went were hosting a fundraiser for earthquake victims. Nice little bar hidden between some clubs.
At first I had reservations about an Italian restaurant in Chengdu, but they were all dashed away as soon as I arrived at Vera Napoli. Having excellent specials and a nice menu, this restaurant provides quality Italian food in a city practically destitute of cheese and tomato sauce. The tastes were excellent, even the lasagna (which many places often find a way to mess up), not to mention the beautiful presentation. They also have a nice dessert, coffee and tea menu, along with a few good wines. The prices of the dishes are reasonable as well, mostly under around 40 元.
While I have yet to try their food, a few friends and I went there before the new years for drinks. Their long island iced tea was a nice strong medley of liquors, and since it was around the holidays and during the happy hours we all received the two for one drink special, making the ~45元 drink well worth the visit to the American restaurant. Oh, and the waitresses speak a little english too.
While I'm not experiencing the true university experience here, I am experiencing the foreigner's university experience here through the USAC program. The campus as a whole is an excellent one in my opinion, fully equipped with a small park like area in the middle, basketball courts, pingpong tables, tennis courts, and a gym. There are plenty of restaurants near by with the Tibetan district right outside the west gate, the first ring road outside the south gate, and small noodle shops, bakeries and baozi shops outside the east gate. The staff of the university with whom I've encountered has been amazing. The teachers have been helpful and knowledgeable, the buildings nice (yet often cold in the winter), and the cafeteria cheap. If you're trying to return into the dorms in the evening, a quick warning that the other gates close and you must enter through the south gate.
While simply being another massive supermarket like Carrefour, I found Auchan to be more spacious, better organized, and a tad bit cheaper on certain products. If you're a Carrefour regular and really searching for a few yuan price difference I suggest checking Auchan out. It's another French megamart, with what seemed as a larger import section, among other areas.