Date registered: August 31, 2010
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It is truly exciting to be a part of all of this, living here in Chengdu! It seems, that in the Southwest, property developers are looking outside the inner city to make their big bucks, and with new subway route(s) to outside the third ring road, these spots and landmarks (as mentioned in the article) will be accessible.... TO ALL!!!!
Thanks, but just one question....
Are they hiring????
oh wow! Never mind. I just saw the link for "Tickets". My bad.
I apologize. I didn't see the link first time reading it, my eyes aren't too sharp. Thanks for letting me know. It would have helped though to include slightly more information concerning ticket sales, recommendations on how to go about that, etc.
Could anyone please comment on where to buy tickets, or if they are already sold out? The writer forgets that this is a lifestyle magazine and resource!
Well, I have been a foreigner living in Chengdu now for quite some days, and I believe, like is said in the article, most of the norms do not exist to the extent they did years ago. If you a foreigner eating with Chinese people in the first place, I would tend to think they are open-minded, young, and non-traditionalists who do not follow all the out-dated/ traditional societal rules, especially in terms of dinner table manners. A few things left out though (In my personal experiences here in China):
1. Chinese women, I have found, will typically be hesitant to sit on a chair without wiping it off first. If you are dating a Chinese girl, make sure to wipe off the chairs first (This is just in my personal experience).
2. Smoking is okay anywhere and everywhere at the dinner table. It is a must to offer guests your cigarettes. If your teacher or an elder, a potential mother/ father-in-law, etc. is at the dinner table, offer them your cigarettes!!!!!!!!!! On special occasions, do not go cheap on the cigarettes.
3. When drinking Bai Jiu (白酒), do not eat rice. Wait until you are finished drinking the alcohol, and then eat rice (米饭).
I have seen some posts about obtaining a driver's license in Chengdu, but have yet to see a post concerning motorcycle licenses. Does anyone know how to get one?
I do not have a motorcycle license in the US, so I was wondering if I was barred from getting one in China?
Any and all information pertaining to motorcycles and licenses would be greatly appreciated. Thanks for your time!
Best Burger in Chengdu is at the Bookworm. Reasonably priced, its quick, and their hand-cut fires "chips" are to die for.... Their burgers are sometimes a little over-done, but nontheless, they are good, and they are only 30 RMB!!!!
Bookworm is right off of Renmin Nanlu 4 Duan
I must tell you that this sounds like a bad idea already! A foreigner studying business in China, or for that matter, any other major except for chinese, must know that education systems are quite different here than abroad. If you have the chance to study outside of China, DO IT! I have friends who study business at the Southwestern University of Finance and Economics, and I believe that it is uninteresting, and not such a challenge. A lot of the times, you are taking courses that are not in your native language, and on top of that, getting special treatment because the teacher doesn't want to deal with that much 麻烦
If you are looking for abundance of beauty within the city, you may have to say pack it in to the whole trip. On a good day (their are very few of those) the sky is okay. Most days, a gray cloak of pollution, honking of horns, and hotpot restaurant smoke, covers the within the three ring roads of Chengdu.
If it is a vacation you want, you may think about spending most of your time in Sichuan's north and west, in my opinion. Chengdu is a transportation hub to some of the most beautiful places on planet earth.
Here are some places I've been and would be willing to wholeheartedly recommend.
1. Leshan (Tourist big Buddha is always a thrill)
2. Emei Shan (Climb it if you wish, but know there are buses all the way to the summit. Make sure to stay a night on the summit, it is truly amazing to wake up at 5 in the morning and see the clouds reach over the mountains :))
3. Jiuzhaigou (Other than the expensive ticket(s) into the park and the bus ride from Chengdu, it is genuinely one of the most beautiful places in China. The Tibetan minorities are really interesting in the surrounding areas.
Good Luck !
As a student of Southwestern University of Finance and Economics (http://international.swufe.edu.cn/), I know that in the past, Sichuan Hua (四川话) have been offered to students at a nominal fee. I can tell you, first hand, that 9 out of 10 of their teachers are locals, and that they are well equipped to teach sichuan dialect. All the information, concerning the teachers to their address and telephone number, are on the website I have listed above.
Thanks, and keep me updated on your search firstname.lastname@example.org
This amusment park is just okay, let us be honest. Also, getting out of the park, and home, is a big pain in the ass. Taxis are usually expensive coming back to the center of town... if you can find them!!! Their are so many people exiting the park that it is hard to spot a taxi, and I had to take a balck taxi that was enormously expensive.
The best part about the park, though, is the turkish ice-cream stand, where a really funny turkish man is playing with the ice-cream, and bopping it on kids heads, and so forth.
The rides are okay, and if you like roller coasters, be my guest. Their are very little waits for rides, and their is usually a show that goes on in the center of the park, which is fun to watch.
I will not use empty adjectives like "cozy" or "warm" to describe this cafe/ bar/ bookstore in the center south part of Chengdu. The Bookworm is simply a bookstore with tasty food, foreign (English) books, and a bar that, even in the morning, can fill your pint full of Guiness. Other than the variety of Authors who come and speak about their books, or about other issues, their are events every week. Not many
people know, but every Friday night, their is a live jazz band that is talented. Also, you can check out books if you become a member. Yeah, its relatively pricey for a second tier city in the Southwest of China, but it does have a good cup of coffee that you find in very few places throughout the city. And lets face it, most of Bookworm's clients are rich, so yeah, more power to bookworm for making a buck ;)
As a seasoned Laowai in Chengdu, I can tell you I feel like it is a love-hate type thing with Sabrina's...
Love: I, like many foreigners, just want a slice of cake, or a caprisun drink, or a corona... it makes me feel like I'm home.
Hate: Sabrina's Country store is a relic of the past, when China used to have no foreigners, and thus, foreign goods were extremely difficult to get, importing them into China was also a big pain, etc. Now, more than 8000 foreigners here in Chengdu, I think these prices are disgusting. Yeah, fuwuyuan, with that wide smile, please take my 25 RMB for a CANOFTUNA!!!!!!!
I will never step into this establishment again, and you should not either.
I'm not keen on going club hopping night after night, but I will tell you Club 88 is top-notch when talking about the Chengdu array of clubs and bars stretching from the North train station all the way down to the American Consulate and the South side of the city. 88 is extremely happening, pretty much every night of the week. The best bar about it is, it is next to around 4 rival clubs, so if you get bored of one, you can go to the next bar and so on.
1. Did not exit the bar alone. Their have been reported cases of attacks, and I know that when hundreds of drunk men are club hopping, it is good to stay within a group.
2. If you want to go, tell the taxi driver ba1si2ba1 (Local Sichuan Hua for "88"), and they will all know how to get there.
The small blurb written above "Coffee, cakes, muffins, pies, etc. from the Comforts of Home folks" does not encapsulate this small coffee shop/ bakery in the quiet tibetan neighborhood of a bigger, busier, and louder Chengdu. From the first ring road, hang a left (or a right depending where you come from) onto a small street (forgot the name of the street), and at the end of this crevice of a street, you will see the sign for the bakery.
It is larger than other cafe's around Chengdu, but still contends that small, coy, feel to it. The staff is friendly, but not the fastest staff. I ordered a sandwich, and while the sandwich came out ready to eat fairly quickly, the water was a whole other story. I waited for water, and I eventually had to go up to the counter and ask for it myself... TWICE!!!!!
Other than the service, I must say this bakery is a gem in Chengdu, and on the Mainland as well.
Order the Brownie (By the way, prices are extremely reasonable!!! I believe the brownie is around 7 RMB, but again, don;t take my word for it, go there and see for yourself). The brownie is to die for!! It is the best brownie I ever had!