Sunday, August 28, 2011
Ikea has an amazing bargain which I wish I had known about over the past three years. We often have to come to Chengdu for different trainings so knowing about this little gem of a bargain would have been useful.
What is the bargain?
1. If you fill out the paperwork, you can get a free Ikea Family card. With this card, you can receive a FREE bottomless cup of real coffee every day except on weekends.
2. Between 2-5 pm on weekdays Ikea has happy hour where various items are marked at half price. For example, a plate of 10 meatballs, mashed potatoes and gravy usually costs 15 RMB ($2.35), but during happy hour, this wonderful plate of yumminess costs only 7 RMB about the same price as rice covered with a Chinese dish at your local hole in the wall.
3. Ikea has FREE wi-fi.
How does one get to Ikea?
From Sichuan University, take bus 76 going west (away from the university). The closest bus stop is across the street from McDonald's. When the bus has passed through an underpass, you are getting close. Wait one more stop and get off at the supermarket Auchan (full of cheaper western food than Sabrina's). Ikea is behind the Galleria and Auchan.
Take the Metro and get off at the South Railway Station stop.
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Wednesday, August 24, 2011
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Saturday, August 06, 2011
On an empty Saturday, living in a hotel can be a bit boring, so I decided to scope out my new home.
My university is in a neighborhood of new wide sidewalks and streets, empty of cars and people. The place is like a research park that only fills up from 9-6 pm then becomes a ghostville. Luckily there is a subway entrance right outside of the front gate of the university that will take me to the back alleyways of Chengdu. The area is actually a biking paradise with its wide streets empty of cars. I even bet the countryside is just down the street. Even though I am surrounded by new buildings rather than back alleyways of food, color, and Chinese flavor I am in a place where I will be able to bike and have quick subway access to markets, food and colorful sights that I love.
I feel like my new neighborhood is like Huntsville, AL or Redmond, WA. Who would have thought I'd end up living in a research park in China? At least I'll be able to commute safely to and from the PC office by bike and there's nothing to spend on coz the few places that do exist are too chic.
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