Date registered: January 25, 2011
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Yes, I think Alex has a point. In Hangzhou (and other cities I have visited) it is organised. The vendors have a table and the tables are in clearly defined rows (some streets 4 rows, wider parts 6 rows). The pedestrians can navigate through the night markets.
The big advantage of tables is that you don't get the sprawl across the pavement, and there are clear walkthroughs. The other thing is that there are no people selling out of the trunk of the car, this alone takes up a lot of room.
Outside Sal's a few months back there was a problem, because there was no way to get onto the sidewalk to park a bike. Putting aside the rights and wrongs of who did what, it was the over abundance of street vendors that was the root cause.
And all to be 'policed', and ID checks by chengguan.
Now there is a money making opportunity if ever there was one.
For the people who run clubs in S.America and Europe it is all about the love of the 'beautiful game'. Somehow I think in Asia it is all about the love of filthy lucre.
The place is well worth a visit.
I had the pleasure of visiting last year. The old town is a bit like Dali without the tourists. Food and service are also good in hotels and restaurants, perhaps service ethic influenced by the old confucian culture. We didn't get price gouged either.
The area is also famous for its pottery. Some of it is really nice.
Tuanshan is great and well worth the money. Compared to other Yunnan sites (150+) it is good value too. Tuanshan is largely intact and un-modernised. You can actually see original painted beams with gold leaf, those that are in the shade are still very colorful.
The posh new stations have different gates, but these bullet trains stop at many stations on route, that are not super modern. The trains then stop at regular ungated platforms, however the train stops on a mark, and the passengers are pre-lined up at the appropriate marks on the platforms.
I am glad for the delay. That should mean more time spent constructing the tracks to the standards required, and not just a rush to finish the line asap, with possible associated construction quality issues.
I went to Metro today. They have finished the revamp (bigger sales floor) and restocked. There is a wider range of consumer goods to look at, for example they now have three different bread makers.
They also seem to have had the big delivery pre new year. There is a wider range of most food groups as well. The selection of cheeses has increased. It is still not fantastic, but much better.
It is worth a visit if you have not been in a while.
I have no connection with Metro, I am just a slightly less jaded customer after today's visit.
I believe the school has a legal obligation to take you/your passport to the PSB to have your visa cancelled, as you are no longer a student. In the same way that an employer has a legal responsibility to take you to cancel your visa if you no longer work for them.
They do not tear out your visa per se.
Usually it is changed to a tourist visa (valid 30 days) unless you change school and the new school validates your status as a student.
Yes some people do stay on on the old visa, but that is technically illegal.
The problem with the new regulations is that it is harder to stay here legally, than it used to be. Making people leave the country for most visa changes is a real problem.
This happened to one of our guys a few years back. In Shanghai riding an unregistered motorbike. He was not involved in any accident but stopped on a spot check. He got 10 days detention and deported.
The dumb thing is that if the foreigner had just given the woman the requisite compensation (differs from city to city, in Kunming they want 200) he would not have been put in detention and deported.
I have had similar incidents, the other party is not trying to screw the laowai, it is just this entitlement culture. I have seen people argue and debate for hours over nothing. If the police get involved it can get bigger than Ben Hur. I just give them 200 and get on my way. It could take an hour to haggle them down to 100. It really is not worth the effort, when you consider that generally the guy on the bigger vehicle is usually found to be at blame. Unless you have a video camera running (I do in the car) it ain't worth arguing, or getting the police involved unless you have to.
Consider this, if you are bending any traffic or other rules (like the guy in the story with license and visa issues), do you really want to get involved with this kind of attention.
In fairness to Metro, they are a wholesalers, and not really a supermarket. Hence the need for a card, which can be got around.
They have improved in the year I have been away. They now carry a more consistent range of imported foodstuffs and they also seem to have sorted out the mported milk supply.
They have a wider range of electrical appliances now, there is a coice of more than one toast. There is also a better range of seasonal non foods, like clothes, shoes, garden furniture and camping gear.
Quirky little store with all sorts of odditites in stock, which is a big plus for me. I see stuff I had forgotten I even liked.
A bit dearer than some other places, but any small independant trader will cost more than the nationals, even back home.
On the up side it will save you driving around the city, and that will save you money.
No shop is perfect, but this one is very good. A bit like those slightly odd little delis/specialty shops back in Blighty.
I was getting mixed up with the other international clinic that was open on XiYuan Lu, but the block is now under re-development.
I blame the confusion on pre-senile dementia, and the resurection of a 3 year old thread.
If this is the one next to the DVD store, it is very small. There always seems to be a hive of activity for repairs.
Lots of Mt Bike frames, tires and some accessories hanging from the ceiling. Not big on bike sales is the impression I got.
Staff seem friendly and helpful.
The fact it is busy is a good sign.
Friday, December 13
Album Release Party: The Great Apes perform with opening act Ferraris From Hell, 9:30pm, free entry
Friday Fiesta: DJ TudouRox (UK) and DJ Tuland on the turntables, 10pm, free entry
Live Music: The Great Apes celebrate the release of their album Tripedal with a late night jam featuring guest musicians, 11:30pm, free entry
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Live Music and Beer Special: Carlsberg 25 yuan/pint, 9:30pm, free entry
Exhibition Opening: After All, Empty by Jin Dawei, 8pm, free entry
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