Posted August 20th, 2017, 07:55 PM
If you visit, look for a very small butcher shop next to the cafe with the bbq pork and roast duck in the window (great spot for lunch).
Is this on the main/only drag through Chinatown? Will have to visit.
True, but Mandarin is the preferred dialect wherever I go. People begin speaking to me and seem confused when I appear lost and when I tell them what I do speak, they seem to have an amused look, lol.
It all depends on where the people (or their ancestors) are coming from. I was in Belize 5 years back and it'd appear that ToiShan/Cantonese immigrants run most of the grocery shops and Cantonese was definitely their preferred dialect. The Chinese in Indonesia decided to use Mandarin for reason of commonality (similar to how French came to be the common language in New France or what became Québec), and Singapore's government imposed it. In Malaysia, the Chinese speak whatever their ancestors spoke. In Peru, you'd be hard-pressed to find it spoken or find people who look Chinese in Lima's Chinatown though their descendants are everywhere and Chinese food (chifa) is very popular nationally.
Putonghua (or "common language" a.k.a mandarin) is what is taught in China as that's what the youth (or even young/middle aged adults) know. Mandarin also has sub dialects of which what we call standard mandarin is one of). I was in a part of Guangxi and the locals spoke a Mandarin dialect which apparently uses the same sounds but different tones!
Using cruise lines as a cheap means of comfortable if not speedy intercontinental travel....
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Mar 2016 CMA CGM Libra HongKong - Long Beach
Jan 2016 RV Yandabo Bagan-Mandalay
Nov 2015 Tirrenia Bithia Janas Arbatax - Civitavecchia
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Oct 2015 Corsica Ferries Corsica Victoria Savona - Bastia
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Mar 2014 Corsica Ferries Mega Express 3 Toulon-Ajaccio & Bastia-Nice
Oct. 2012 HAL Prinsendam Civitavecchia-Fort Lauderdale
April 2012 Island Princess San Pedro-Vancouver
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Way, way back....
P&O Cathay between Singapore and Hong Kong and back, March 1968 + August 1969
Koeln-Dusseldorfer Line Rotterdam - Bern
Thomson Ithaca Tanger to Brindisi April 1974
Chandris Bruge-Norway-Tilbury August 1974
Chandris Southampton - Canary Islands + Madeira - Southampton August 1976