Date registered: September 21, 2010
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I think two of the classic Chengdu looks are missing here:
One is - going out for the lunch break still wearing your Teenie-Weenie or E-land uniform
What You Think It Says: I'm cute enough to get a job in this shop
What We Think: Is there a Japanese school near here?
Double-permed hair, short shiny padded plastic coat (that looks like it was made from polished refuse bags) over a long gray jumper, no skirt, black tights (possibly patterned or fish-net) with a pair of over-knee socks on top, and the obligatory pair of super shiny black boots with heels so sharp they leave holes in the pathways (why do you think that sink-hole appeared in Chunxi road!). This is coupled with the walk - slow and bouncy with both knees always slightly bent.
What You Think It Says: I'm a goddess
What We Think: I am married but want to give my husband something to worry about!
If carrying a baby and a Gucci bag at the same time, it means, my boots heels are pure teflon
But I must confess that somehow it looks good (maybe not with the baby - that's dangerous, the heels may collapse)
I've been to:
Fourth City Garden Restaurant
Four Seasons Imperial Courtyard
Tanshi Guanfu Cai
Best is Tanshi Guanfu Cai for food and the style of the place.
Most disappointing food and decor was Fourth City Garden Restaurant but the staff there are the best.
Agree - the cuisine of Chengdu is great and so is the food in many of the restaurants, but it seems that in many places the staff just want you to go away.
"transfer to a minibus"
The phrase that conjures up images of paying 80 RMB to a toothless pirate in a gray van together with 15 other people (somehow crammed in) with a door that half closes, and a spring up my arse.
Then waiting 30 minutes for him to find one more passenger to squeeze in
Then not exactly arriving where you thought you would, and having to find a taxi home in the middle of nowhere
A sharp contrast to the 20 RMB airconditioned bus (with assigned seat numbers) that conveyed you out to the tourist site in the first place.
Always remember that what goes out, must come back!
But it's all part of the fun really :)
(but bring a cushion)
They cover the costumes in panda pee (尿) first, so it works
Great job :-D
Come on Jane, write more news!
I am missing the news here!
You can buy the cards at Bus station terminal offices. For example, there is a little window at Guixi bus station (Ke Hua Chong Lu - the small road around the corner); they sell them there. Write Bus Card in Chinese on a piece of paper and give it to the woman together with 20 RMB. That should work.
Not all Hongqi chain stores have the machine to add money to the cards. Small ones don't.
When in Laos DONOT eat any food which contains fish that might not have been cooked. If you are not sure it has been cooked do not eat it! Especially minced fish in lemon juice. Even a little fish on your fish salad - be careful of it.
This is because there is a parasite that lives in the fish from the rivers. If you eat fish containing this parasite it can do real bad damage to your health - long term damage. So be very careful of the fish you eat. The local people will eat fish that has not been cooked. They just put lemon juice on it or some kind of sauce. It kills many of them, but they still eat it. So be very careful what you eat.
This advice especially applies to Laos, Northeast Thailand, Vietnam, Korea, and parts of southern China (e.g., Guangdong)
Fish fried and crispy, or boiled in water is ok - as long as it is obviously well cooked.