I have found today out this week
that the horn of a car is used here much more aggressively than in America
putting a side NYC, and other eastern or west coast bustling cities. Traffic
rules are not followed here in Dalian
nor in Shaghi or Beijing. My taxi
driver the other day nearly killed us racing on the highway going way faster
than I believe legal even though the roads are absent of speed limit signs. Although,
I did not mind because the faire for the taxi is much less than America
and also I don’t have to pay as much because it takes less time.
I discovered the horn was excessively
used as one morning I was woken around 5:37am not by my alarm but by a parade
of taxis screeching around corner honking mindlessly to get the customer before
the others in an accompaniment of a screeching rusted cranes building giant new
apartments that never seem to be complete.
Shoes for 200 yuan not 480yuan
I usually just go back to sleep. Don’t
get me wrong though Dalian
beautiful city that just seems to wake earlier than the typical American
university student whether it be a week or weekend morning.
is a melting pot but not like America You will NOT find Mexican food, Italian food,
nor much Indian food here. One will find almost all Chinese food although
different types, Korean food, some Vietnamese, Japanese, and the “typical”
American fast food (although not so much).
The American food here is and tastes
different from back home. They have McDonalds, KFC, Pizza Hut and Starbucks. McDonald’s
fires are different and the meat is in strips while KFC is very similar yet
It seems that the Starbucks corporate giant has yet to infect the
Chinese with the same compulsive need for an over-priced cup of Joe as in America
you won’t see many of these but maybe one or two during your whole stay here.
The ethnic food here is most
delicious because Dalian located on
the edge of the Bohai and yellow Sea
it has an unlimited access to fresh sea food and other fresh fish and amenities
from similar cities bordering this sea. I am very fortunate for my job tends to
have many outings at nice restaurants so I have the finer foods. Yet during the
week I must depend on myself so one finds out quick that Dalian likes their
food one way and that is lalala’ (HOT HOT HOT). To put out the fires most seek
some relief with a bottle of pi jiou (beer) the most popular domestic brands
are Tsingtao, Harbin
and Snow while the imports are commonly Budweiser, Heineken, and a minority of
a few others. On the Bigger city side of Dalian
one can find a German restaurant with authentic dress for the waitresses and
feel of a local tavern complete with their own house brew brewed in the restaurant
itself. The food is good while serving sausages complete with a side of sauerkraut!
This was my favorite foreign food here so far. Another restaurant here is a
Buffet that has Japanese, American, Italian, Chinese and a fantastic desert
I had great ethnic food on sat.
though it was Chinese southern style EXTREMLY HOT/SPICY! The food burned on its
way out if you know what I mean the next day! Another tip of eating in China
would be learn how to use chop sticks skillfully and they will respect you more
than using a fork as my military Science teacher at Truman State University always
said “When in Rome do as the Romans do.”
The city of Dalian
is split into two parts the side I live on is about 30 to 45 min. by taxi (they
are crazy drivers) although a bridge is being made now in 2008 to connect the
two sides that will make the time be closer to 10 minutes. It is to be the longest
bridge in the “world” although I don’t know if this is true this is what the
locals say. The other side of the city is bigger and more popular to visit
although the non-main side is just like the other side as in they both are growing
more each day with countless new skyscrapers, markets and business every where to be seen.