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  • in reply to: Buying Photo Equipment in HK – Worth It? #29497
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    Pardhu, your price included a UV filter.

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29330
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    This will help with calculating the potential water volume of you tank but remember that rocks, gravel, wood and other decorations, will reduce that volume.

    http://www.petfish.net/calculators/calculate.php

    in reply to: Advice Needed on Aquarium #29329
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    The pet market in Xinkai Street near the Minshan Hotel on Renmin Nan Lu is the place you need to go for both fish and supplies but there is only one shop where they speak reasonable English.

    If you are planning to become an aquarist then you should consider that ‘aqua’ refers to water, not to fish. You need to aim at creating an environment that will support plants. For that you will do best with a co2 diffuser coupled with fertiliser both in the gravel and the water. When you have established an aquarium full of healthy plants then you stand a much better chance of healthy fish (if you don’t overstock with fish) than if you have no plants or if your plants always die.

    PM me if you need ‘technical support’ and a guided tour of the shops or whatever.

    in reply to: Gotta Get Me a Budget Wife #29321
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    “Patient, loving, keen to advance forward, modest, earnest, magnanimous, absolutely devoted and loyal, ready to shoulder responsibility”

    I interpret that as…. ‘Be prepared to be nagged to death if you haven’t had a promotion for 6 months, don’t even think of looking at a pert little bottom for artistic reasons and must take the blame for everything regardless.’

    in reply to: Buying Photo Equipment in HK – Worth It? #29319
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    Sorry that HK price did not include the lens hood or valued at 304 RMB

    So lens 2480

    Hood 304

    1 year Guarantee say 200

    Total 2984

    versus Computer City 3000

    in reply to: Buying Photo Equipment in HK – Worth It? #29318
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    You can buy a Canon 70-300 IS USM lens at £269.00 (2,479.67 RMB) via Hong Kong postage free from an established eBay vendor. You would need an eBay and PayPal accounts both registered to your address in China. You risk getting clobbered 20% import duty by Chinese Customs. I got caught when I had a cheap rubbish camera that was included as a sales incentive gift on a piece of second hand software. They calculate the duty on the full cost of the consignment including carriage and tax paid outside of China. You would probably have issues trying to get a warranty as the standard warranty (not included in the price) is aimed at UK customers. Either way, you would still have to return a faulty lens back to Hong Kong. Or you could fly to Hong Kong but finding a supplier with wholesale prices could be more difficult.

    The best price I could negotiate for the same lens from Computer City on Renmin Nan Lu was 3000 RMB including a one year warranty.

    Then there is Taobao where Google Translate never leaves me with a feeling of confidence that the supplier would be there to honour a guarantee always assuming that I can interpret the sales listing in Chinglish.

    in reply to: Best VPN service? #29315
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    Read the VPN reviews:

    http://www.vpnmag.com/

    Best VPN Service Providers

    ‘Hidemyass’ currently appears to be the top performer but how it performs in China may take a bit more research.

    in reply to: Registering With the Police Late #28654
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    When in prison make sure that they are aware that you are connected to some other arrogant American who thinks that they are too important to follow Chinese law…. Yup, that should do it!

    in reply to: Missing Parcel #28387
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    It is not unusual for mail to go missing from the UK. Even correctly addressed in Pinyin it can take 3 months with surface mail but, typically, it will arrive in about 2 to 4 weeks by airmail.

    Apart from using a courier company, probably the most secure method is ‘signed for’ but it is rare for airmail not to arrive.

    in reply to: Anybody Love to Take Photos? #27576
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    Got thanks Charlie.

    See you tonight.

    in reply to: Anybody Love to Take Photos? #27575
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    You should send it to:

    [email protected]

    in reply to: Anybody Love to Take Photos? #27570
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    Pictures by 1.00pm please Charlie or Todd will win again this month.

    in reply to: Anybody Love to Take Photos? #27507
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    The next meeting of the Chengdu Photography Club is this Monday 4th March at 7.30 pm in the Bookworm. Topic for the meeting is Chinese Festivals. Newcomers are welcome – please log into yahoo here and register to get notified of club activities:

    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CDphoto/

    We can also be found at:

    http://www.loose-canon.net.nyud.net/Client/Chengdu-Photography-Club/Photos-of-the-Month/27317326_kXdbRC

    in reply to: Where to Buy English Books? #27112
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    If it’s any use to you I have a one time use 10% savings code for any Kindle purchased through Amazon.

    in reply to: Where to Buy English Books? #27067
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    in reply to: Where to Buy English Books? #27065
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    I have a Kindle Touch. It’s easier to read than a book in low light and has the benefit of being able to scale the text. To boost the light you might want to get a case for it with a built in light, however, I never find I need to use the light albeit that the case helps to protect the Kindle. I haven’t found any clip on lights that are designed for the cases available.

    No it’s not for sale.

    in reply to: Weather in Chengdu #26926
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    Chilly but not bitter. Temperature is typically 9 deg C with a wind speed of 4 mph. You would be wise to dress for winter.

    in reply to: Photographers in Chengdu? #26595
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    Charlie,

    If you, or anyone else, are planning to present pictures at Chengdu Photographic Club’s meeting in the Bookworm tomorrow (Monday 4th Feb) and have not already registered to receive emails from us then you need to know that all pictures (Costumes and uniforms) should be emailed to [email protected] by 1.00 pm tomorrow. Pictures presented on a USB stick cannot be read on the iPad used to hook up to the projector screen. Ideally your pictures should be no more than 1.0 MB in size each to avoid locking up the email box.

    See you tomorrow (Monday 4th February)

    in reply to: Photographers in Chengdu? #26345
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    Yes, we are still active and meet on the first Monday of every month at 7.30 pm in the Bookworm. (subject to Bookworm availability). Our next meeting is, therefore, on 4th February and the theme for the month is “costumes and uniforms including police personnel, halloween costumes, cosplay etc”. Members registered on our Yahoo site will receive an email a couple of days before as a reminder.

    If you wish to be notified of meetings, events or just general chat then log into Yahoo and go to http://groups.yahoo.com/group/CDphoto/

    We have also started a website for displaying some of our pictures:

    http://www.loose-canon.net/Client/Chengdu-Photography-Club/Photos-of-the-Month/27317326_kXdbRC

    or

    http://www.loose-canon.net.nyud.net/Client/Chengdu-Photography-Club/Photos-of-the-Month/27317326_kXdbRC

    in reply to: Worst Lunch Today #26215
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    Sweet, the “insects” in your macaroni are probably a species of weevil. Sailors used to tap their ship’s biscuits to get rid of them. They eat their way through packaging and can infest foods such as flour, rice, biscuits and even some spices. Airtight containers will not stop them if they can eat their way through.

    Another Chengdu pest is the larvae of the flour moth – the moths lay their eggs near the packet or carton and the tiny larvae wriggles its way inside the smallest openings. Containers that you think are airtight are not necessarily. Thankfully the adult moths are easily killed with a mosquito spray. The weevils can only be eliminated by destroying ALL food that you think is would have infested.

    I never get any grief from cockroaches.

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