Date registered: September 15, 2010
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That 9.5-minute video needs a better narrator!
I believe the Second Ring Road transit is going to be BRT (Bus Rapid Transit), not rail, right?
空調 is pronounced kōngtiáo. Better proof the whole list.
I don't think they should increase the number of taxis. There are already too many vehicles on the road. If anything, increase the number of buses.
I get around the city on buses and in general they are quite convenient. In all my time in Chengdu, only once have I seen another 老外 on the bus. There are so many lines going so many places, I don't understand why more foreigners don't ride public transportation. If you have a 公交卡, the fare is only ¥0.50 or ¥1.00 for most lines, plus free transfers!
It's not hard to use the buses. Just use the Public Transit option on Google Maps. Yes, some bus lines stop running too early, but that's been getting better lately, and I've never had trouble getting a taxi late at night.
After years of university learning (various languages), I decided to try something different and go for private one-on-one lessons at a language training center.
The difference was so profound. I was able to learn exactly what I wanted/needed to, no being held back by other students, and the opportunity to speak for the full lesson time instead of once or twice per class session.
Yes, I checked out Mandarin Club (明德書院) after seeing their ads here, and I liked what I saw so that's who I went with. Some of their teachers actually are the same teachers from 川大. I even went and sat in on my teacher's class at the university and that just convinced me even more that I'd made the right decision. Yes, the university students seemed to have more fun in class, but I was learning more (and faster).
The only downside is their lack of ability to sponsor a visa, so I have to fly to Shenzhen every 60 days.
I just "upgraded" to the latest Safari browser and the same is happening to me (the color wheel spins around but doesn't seem to actually affect performance). I think it's just a bug in this version and we can wait for the next one.
If you do need to get your machine checked out, make a Genius Bar appointment and then take it in to the Apple Store, located at Mixc Chengdu (成都萬象城).
So back to the original question, the Chinese aren't going to change, so it's really up to you to adjust.
I recently spent four weeks traveling in Vietnam. In one of the places I stayed, there were ants in my bed. At home, I would have called the front desk and demand they change my room. But this was Southeast Asia, so I just figured they were actually quite small ants and probably wouldn't hurt me, and I was fine.
In other words, you just need to adjust your expectations to the circumstances. Does it bother me that I'm crossing in a crosswalk on a green light and some dude in his Audi honks at me because I'm delaying his journey by a few seconds? Sure. Do I let it ruin my day or blame all Chengdooers for his arrogance? No.
The stares are normal. No harm is meant by them. It's just curiosity. And when I hear people talking about me, I'll often turn around and smile and start conversing with them, and now they know I'm not some freak.
The Chinese friends I've made in Chengdu are some of the nicest and most caring people I've ever met. I'll measure my experience here by them, and not by the random a*holes you can find anywhere in the world.
If you didn't buy it in China, it probably doesn't have Chinese input.
Go into a message and then press down the bottom where you would change the keyboard/input type (Samsung Keyboard, Samsung Phonepad etc.) > select Options....... > Input method tab > Options
and see if there is an option for Chinese. If it's not there, you'll probably need to buy a new phone.
Definitely my favorite place to hang in Chengdu.
They've got just the right atmosphere, down to the furniture that was all handmade by one of the owners.
It's not one of those places for foreigners evading arrest back home.
It's mostly a Chinese crowd, but one happy to speak (in Chinese) to a stranger that sits down at their table.
I also really dig the whole music theme there.
In addition to playing quite decent tunes on the sound system, they have a variety of instruments hanging on the wall that anyone can (and does) take down and start playing.
Every time I've been there, a jam session breaks out.