November 27th, 2007 – by: PrincessRG
Yes, this bar only charges 10 RMB for a drink... the math? 7.4rmb= 1 dollar! woot!
I wish that I wouldâ€™ve found someone that had actually live
before I decided to move here. I mean, itâ€™s been a positive experience, but
there are just some things that I wouldâ€™ve done differently knowing what I know
now. With this in mindâ€¦ Iâ€™m going to try as best I can to ramble about my Suzhou experiences and
pass along the wisdom.
Suzhou is in Jiangsu province which is very close to Shanghai. I live in the SIP (Suzhou Industrial Park), which is only one part of
this town. From what I know, there are 3 different areas of Suzhou;
one being the SIP, SND (Suzhou new district),
and downtown Suzhou.
The industrial park
The SIP and some areas of SND are very modern and western looking. Downtown Suzhou
, on the other hand,
looks more like a traditional Chinese city with traditional architecture. The
SIP was designed to look like Singapore
and is actually bigger than it. Actually, Singapore
invested in the SIP or it
partially belongs to it or something like that. Anyway, point is that the SIP
is modeled after the Singapore
and thatâ€™s why it works well. All the plumbing and wires, etc. are underground
so you will not see any electrical wires in the SIP. The park also houses many
western businesses, which is really nice because they attract a lot of
foreigners that are nice to have around!
The cost of living is relatively cheap.
My apartment complex
My apartment is 3500
rmb per month and it has 2.5 bedrooms (one is a study), 2 bathrooms, kitchen,
living room, dining area, washer, and a balcony that is shared by one room and
the living room. The apartment came with all the furniture, which is really
modern and also includes 2 TVs and 2 DVD playersâ€¦ not a bad deal. We spend
about 800 rmb for 3 months of electricity, 260 rmb for more than 4 months of
water and I donâ€™t know about gas yet because I havenâ€™t had to pay that yet and
Iâ€™ve been here for 3 months. Food is ridiculously cheap, unless you go to a
western restaurant western restaurant
which is still cheap in comparison. Beer is about 3 rmb for a Tsingdao and 8-10
rmb at a restaurant. The most expensive part about Suzhou
is probably the partying. It costs
30-60 rmb for one drink at a low scale bar and of course, a lot more at an
upscale bar. This definitely adds up, but you donâ€™t have to tip, which is
Ok, Iâ€™m tiredâ€¦ Iâ€™ll write more later.