Date registered: March 31, 2014
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I know this might be a long shot, but I need your help if you read this. I recently moved back to the Bay Area from Chengdu, but I flew Hainan Airlines and they did not allow me to bring my kitty with me on the flight due to "summer heat". If any of you guys are flying direct from CD to SF by United any time this summer, would someone be willing to bring my cat back along with you as carry-on? She is currently living with my grandpa in Chengdu, but I know she would be a lot happier with me, I've raised her from when she was 3 weeks old.
Anyway, I don't have much for compensation. I can pick you up from SFO and take you wherever you want to go, maybe a little cash for your troubles. I can provide a cat carry-on size carrier, I can take care of all the paperwork so that you won't have trouble at customs, and I can also have one of my cousins take my cat to the vet beforehand so she can be properly tranquilized and will most likely sleep the whole flight. This would be a huge favor for me, I know you wouldn't get the good end of this deal, I am just hoping for the kindness of a stranger. Anyways, if you know anyone or if you are willing to do this yourself, please shoot me a message or reply to this thread. Thanks for reading.
Hey, you didn't hear this from me, but some local establishments pay cash salaries, so you don't necessarily need a work visa to work. Just be smart and take every job offer with a grain of salt, because some are scams and others will back out of their verbal "contract" without a second's hesitation.
The TV Station Tower in Jinjiang District has a buffet restaurant near the top of the tower, I believe its around 300rmb for 2 people and you can bring one extra person for free (so basically third wheel eats free, pretty shitty promotion if you ask me). View should be amazing, even though the tower is a few miles from the city center, its very close to Chunxi Lu.
Also like garnaal said, Flair is awesome.
Lol, almost all Chinese restaurant food is cooked in lots of (suspect) oil. I'm sure you've heard of sewer oil by now. Many of the bigger restaurants won't use them, but the hole in the walls and BBQ stands usually do.
If you must eat at a restaurant, then the cleanest, least oily would be the soups and the cold dishes. Some of the chicken and pork bone soups are relatively healthy, and they usually also have many cold meat dishes available. As for main dishes, don't press your luck, just order some tasty ones, and have an extra bowl of rice to soak up the oil in before you eat it.
By expensive, did you mean the price they have printed on their brochures? All Chinese gyms do that, but their actual price is much lower. For example, I joined Young O2 Fitness Center next to the Ritz. Their advertised price was around 3800RMB per year I believe, but I just verbally asked for a discount and they lowered it to 2200RMB just like that. I still decided it was too expensive, and went back at the end of the month (when their sales associates are in a scramble to close deals to meet their quota, even if it means taking a loss) and they lowered it again to 1900RMB, which I gladly signed up for :)
If you are a foreigner, I suggest taking a Chinese friend with you to help haggle the price, or if your Mandarin is okay, just ask for a discount.