Date registered: July 26, 2010
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i frequent the indoor swimming pool in Luxehills... I hope this doesn't happen there, though I've seen some pretty weird stuff floating around down there. Always a price to pay while exercising in china...
Visiting the ocean park during its first weekend of opening was a bad idea.
The performing arena was jam-packed half an hour before the show started, while the AC might have been broken or something because the air inside the dome was as hot as the outside. I thought the show was okay: singing and jumping dolphins with twirling whales.
The marine mammals area is actually outdoors, the animals are secluded by huge chunks of glass half-filled with icy water for the seals, sea lions and polar bears. I freaked out when I saw the polar bear, cause he was probably the most dirty one I've seen. His fur was more gray than white... effects of pollution are hard on those bears... They seemed to be feeling the high heat as I was because they kept hiding under shades and the seals were pretty much chilling under the water most of the time.
The layout of the area was a little confusing because there weren't exact paths to be followed. You just walk wherever you want. The marine park also have restaurants for visitors, though they run out pretty early and people start to "riot" in front of the counter area.
I skipped the outdoor seal performance and took cover inside the penguin shack. It's the coolest place I could find. They keep all sorts of penguin sub-species. But they're comparatively smaller in size compared to others I've seen outside of Chengdu.
It was a pretty good experience all in all and I think Chengdu has done a great job securing so many arctic animals, and to be able to give them a home.
Definitely the most mellow atmosphere in town. Not the best bar, but you do get to see drunk locals there all the time. The place starts to empty out pretty early (around 11:30 mostly). You can get a glass of cheap beer for 10 kuai. Cheap but nasty. Downside: They don't really have a large menu, and there aren't a lot of people.
A good place to bring your foreign friends to enjoy a night out, though it gets awkward sometimes as the bar is mostly filled with older expats coming in for happy hour. But still, a good enough place where you can find decent drinks (proportioned mixes) and okay pub grub.