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Happy Chinese New Year!

Postby Kay » Thu 19 Feb 2015 18:35 GMT

Here's some interesting statistics about it from The Guardian.
http://www.theguardian.com/world/2015/f ... in-numbers

We'll be having a Chinese take-away tonight to celebrate. To be honest, I'd pretty much given up on Chinese restaurant food but we've found a good one!
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Re: Happy Chinese New Year!

Postby Dave » Thu 19 Feb 2015 22:23 GMT

When I was receiving the order at the front door, Kay had the quick wit to call out "Happy New Year!" down the hallway. The (Chinese) guy looked taken aback, but very pleased, and thanked us.
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Re: Happy Chinese New Year!

Postby ruggie » Fri 20 Feb 2015 08:24 GMT

A bit like French restaurants in cities - you have to keep your eyes open and strike lucky. If you see families of the appropriate ethnicity piling in to a place in the back streets to eat, follow them. The Internet and the Web are earning their keep now - opening up contact with a nation that has been hidden from most westerners for centuries.
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Re: Happy Chinese New Year!

Postby Kay » Fri 20 Feb 2015 09:18 GMT

We found that a reliable way to check the quality of restaurants while travelling was to consult the Lonely Planet for the area. If somewhere was recommended in there, we knew to avoid it - and vice versa.

We got stung a few times by going to highly recommended restaurants which turned out to be awful. Conversely, there was a budget hotel which readers were warned to avoid. We hadn't booked anywhere and were getting desperate for somewhere to stay. In the end we decided that no matter how bad, it would would be a bed for the night so we took it. We had a fantastic stay! Sure, it was very down market, but what do you expect when their "deluxe suite" was only £5 per night! :lol:

It also had the added attraction of being directly above the best watering hole in the area - so this meant that we only had to stagger up the stairs to our lodgings. Despite the initial intention to put up with it for one night, we ended up staying there for the duration of our stay.
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