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Hey guys, I'm in Chongqing visiting Baoning and other HA members living there. I'll give you a more in-depth review in the near future.
So far, I guess I'm going to have to respectfully disagree with Everdred when he mentioned how unimpressed he was with the girls there. I've seen some really attractive girls here so far...
Anyway, I've got a new girlfriend now, and I think it's becoming somewhat serious now...(Don't worry Winston, it's not that girl).
The one thing I do agree with Everdred was when he mentioned how stressful the city is; it kind of reminds of Shanghai in that regard.
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The one thing about Chongqing is that nobody here can understand my Chinese: even simple words or phrases they can't seem to understand, whereas Guangdong people have no problems when I speak basic phrases. WTF?
Can someone explain to me why that is? Is there a local dialect here that makes people unable to understand me?
Was on the brink of going there recently for a short trip...it wasn't to be. How is the city itself? Does it have beauty to it? How's the air pollution compared to other cities you've been to? Chinese cities can really get me down, with the block-y apartment buildings lacking any spirit whatsoever dominating cities and air so smoggy you can stare at the sun without eye protection.
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Presumably, you learned a lot of your Chinese in Guangdong (you've been living in Dongguan for quite awhile right)? So the style and accent you've been taught there plus the daily reinforcements on what is and is not habitually used in the way they speak Mandarin there may have influenced your habitual speaking style to fit that environment. Plus, Guangdong attracts so many outside people that more regular Mandarin may be more commonly used there. Now in predominantly Mandarin speaking areas up north, they might be able to understand you as well. But in a place like Chongqing or to a lessor extent Chengdu, they speak a dialect which kind of sounds like very distorted and harsh Mandarin. So the pronunciation habits from that dialect translate over how they speak Mandarin and many are used to that style when they listen too. Chongqing does not have as as high a percentage of outsiders as Shenzhen and Dongguan.
Yes, one of my students said the same thing: she said Guangdong people speak 'rubbish' Mandarin, due to Cantonese being the main language, so maybe that has rubbed off on me?
One of my major pet peeves here in Chongqing is how rude taxi drivers are. Sh*t! Some of them are rude as f**k. I came close to socking one guy in the mouth for the way he spoke to me. LOL.
One piece of advice: don't visit CiQiKou--as it's a major tourist trap with little shops selling useless things--and not much else to see.
The women are beautiful here, though, no doubt about it. I guess it's true about the Chinese saying about how women from this region are the most attractive in China. I can't confirm that, as I've only been to some parts of China, but the women in this region definitely catch my eye.
In-depth review and, god forbid, pictures from zboy1?
I won't hold my breath...
1)Too much of one thing defeats the purpose.
2)Everybody is full of it. What's your hypocrisy?
yeah i was a bit puzzled by everdred's analysis of chongqing. granted i've only been to chengdu.
But it sounds like the detroit or birmingham (uk) of china, but in sichuan.
I also found sichuan accents a bit difficult to decipher.
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