Date registered: March 23, 2011
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Good for you man! I'm still thinking about my first practise run fo the 10k. There's still loads of time isn't there?...
A story of two Wangs....
Glad to see he had a seat belt...for safety's sake.
Looks like its a interesting place, if a little mysteriously located. Might have to wait until they make it a bit more user-friendly to foreigners. Interesting the point about the chopsticks originally only being used for skewering meat- I wonder how and why they developed into the more prominent utensil? I like the look of the interior of the building which looks highly designed, particularly the chef's behind the glass.
Dawei's story is almost as striking and captivating as his artwork and provides an fascinating insight into China's internal development over the past 30 years for a specific sector of Chinese society, it's artists. But i imagine his insights have further far-reaching applications to all areas of Chinese society and demonstrate how Chinese society's position in relation to other countries has changed. His experiments with color against dark backgrounds creates mood and an atmosphere which is also captured in his characters expressions, something i really enjoy.
I have mixed feelings about the Shamrock.
On the one hand, it is the natural hub for a lot of ex-pats/travellers and supports some of the local sports teams in the area. It has good coverage of a lot of matches, the paved area outside is a nice place to eat and drink, it has a good pool table- although it is rarely free, and the food is decent and the prices standard for western food/drink.
But, I would definitely concur with some of the other sentiments on this page. The service is rubbish (even for China) and the waiters are rude. It is also true that there is a bit of a sleazy older man vibe.
For me, the Shamrock is a decent starting/meeting point because of its location, but after a drink or two I feel like I want to move on and go somewhere else.
Some days 2 stars would be more accurate.
Firstly, I must mention that I have only visited this place once for a early dinner around 5 o'clock- on the day of the Royal Wedding- which the venue was showing, but apparently not live for some reason?
As you might expect for that time of day it was a bit quiet, but this was the royal wedding so a little disappointing. So when it came to it, I ditched the place for somewhere with a bit more of an atmosphere, and that was showing the wedding live.
The decor is quite interesting, a mixture of traditional 'oaky' English pub and colourful modern bar with all the retro 70s London trimmings. Think, black cabs, Big Ben, red buses and telephone boxes.
I ordered one of the burgers after reading all the recommendations on this page. It was decent enough, but I wouldn't go as far as the other comments. I liked the ciabatta bread but the actual burger wasn't any better than others I have had in Chengdu. In my experience though, the chunky chips were undercooked so didn't rate them at all.
The service was good, quick and friendly enough and the place looks clean. A good range of beer, but a bit pricey.
Bit disappointing on first visit, will have to go again to get a feel for the place in the evening.
Decked out with black walls, floors and furniture, its a simple interior but quite effective and cool-looking cocktail bar/club. It has two floors, but upstairs it is predominantly a pool table and a few comfy seats.
Downstairs there are some more sofas and tables at the back, a decent and well stocked bar and although there isn't a designated dance floor, there is a reasonably large space in front of the decks for up to about 30 people to pull some shapes. The outside seating area is a nice spot for chilling-out if you have been hitting the dance floor hard or for those wishing to have a conversation without shouting.
The biggest plus point for this venue is the friendly atmosphere; especially the barman and the owners who always make you feel welcome. The drinks are good and don't have Chengdu's familiar watered down taste, and as others have noted Yoni is talented craftsmen of cocktails, which are reasonably priced too.
The music is generally western and good enough to get a sizable crowd dancing. Its also in a good location next to Paname and the other bars around the Blue Caribbean.
I shall definitely be going back!
Best pub i've come across so far to watch sport. It has a good atmosphere and friendly staff. Couple of tv's and big old projector screen, even a free pool table. Its an honest pub that makes no pretenses and if you're looking for anything other than that you probably won't like it. Its a drinking pub and the drinks are fairly priced, which can be hard to find in most ex-pat venues.
Admitably its not the cleanest; but thats the kind of pub it is. When i went once a guy threw up on the floor and no-one cleaned it up- it was just left! I found it quite amusing, but could understand that others might not! Sounds like its got a bit of a cult status in Chengdu which might come across as a bit clique.
The city's largest park is located just west of the city center. It has a large lake in the middle that the park is wrapped around. Its remarkably quiet and peaceful given the parks location; which extends right up against the high-rise buildings. The tall metropolis offers great views against the serenity of the park, particularly at dusk. It has a web of quaint little pathways meandering around a series of small grassland mounds with drooping trees. There are a few rides for kids, although you may have to check when they are open. At one place you can pay for them to catch fish from a pond, which they take with them in a bag and release back into the lake. There's a funky little "glass box" style tea house in the middle of the park, which has a terrace with comfy couches that overlook the water. I would highly recommend the Columbian coffee, which is the nicest I've tried in the city.