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Cultural Imperialism; Fried Chicken Takes Over China Fried chicken and beer is now all the rage in China; and it’s all because of the Koreans. Admittedly, both the food and the beverage have been around for a while. However, pairing the two during meetings with friends is now the in-thing to do after a South Korean TV drama has created an unprecedented craze about the combo that is now entering into Chinese mainstream culture. Read the Full Story
Ellen’s at Night, Shepherd’s Delight? Ellen’s at night is one of those infamous places many tend to steer clear of, but what about Ellen’s by day? It felt strange disembarking walking into a place that looked more like a ‘pirates cove’ than a bar/restaurant; in tune with its reputation for the rough and rowdy after 10 pm. Read the Full Story
Importing la Vie Française to Nanjing Nine years ago Hu Ya opened up the first French restaurant in Nanjing; now the owner of one of Nanjing’s most longstanding establishments is venturing into the bar scene. On the checklist of foreign cuisine in Nanjing Les 5 Sens is undoubtedly a top contender. Opened in 2005 by two Chinese ladies and a French chef it has been a steady success. Read the Full Story
The Love Story of a Chinese Century: Sanmao and Hexi Hardly a Nanjinger does not know the tragic love story of Sanmao and Hexi. The Chinese writer, who partly grew up in Nanjing, would have been 71 this month. Local students are currently bringing her story to the stage.  Read the Full Story

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Best expat hospital in Nanjing

BenQ is a company best known for their computer products. It is very likely that at some point you have encountered their mice or monitors. However, their organization appears to be diversifying, as Nanjing now has its own BenQ hospital.

For those of you who have been to a typical Chinese hospital, it is likely that you have a few qualms. Questionable hygiene, the lack of private rooms to speak to your doctor, the lack of spoken English available, and sometimes lackluster medical care.

BenQ hospital

BenQ hospital shatters many previously held stereotypes of local hospitals. The lobby of this hospital can only be described as grandiose, huge ceilings, a grand piano that plays itself, clean, friendly staff, and everything is well marked and labeled. Maybe a little bit too well labeled in some cases. I took a a picture of a sign that said "urokinetic examination room" and "extracorporeal shock wave lithotripsy room" thinking I had stumbled upon some hilarious Chinglish. Google informs me that these are actual words.  Sorry for doubting you BenQ.

BenQ Lobby Perhaps what is most amazing about this hospital is its emptiness. Granted, some parts are still under construction, so this may change later but the waiting times between registration (6 yuan) and seeing a doctor would put most Western Emergency rooms to shame. The doctors are knowledgeable, friendly, and patient with the fact that you don’t know the words “lumbar, spine, pinched, CT scan, and neurotropic vitamin” in Chinese. In fact, the doctors knew all of those words in English, which I found particularly helpful.

The hospital remains entrenched in the bureaucracy we’ve all come to love and hate. “Go to the pharmacy, get the anesthesia, bring it back here for your operation.” Not a big problem really, but one that Westerners are simply unaccustomed to. The pay as you go style of medical care may be frustrating when faced with enormous lines but as I mentioned, this particular hospital is wonderfully empty.

Thus, the process might work something like this: register, see doctor, pay for CT scan, get CT scan, wait for film to be developed, take film to doctor, etc. It sounds onerous, and it is, but when the entire process takes about an hour, how much can you really complain?

Long story short: if you’re living in Nanjing and don’t work for Siemens, you should probably look into BenQ for your medical care needs. It can be found directly above the Zhengshen subway stop (just before the Olympic Center).




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BenQ ExteriorGulou Hospital Exterior



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  • Nice article. I especially appreciate the pix. They really drive home what you wrote about.

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    Just an FYI. I called the SOS clinic today to see what it would cost to see a doctor.... I wont post the exact price, but if you are not an SOS memeber. (Which I am sure the vast majority of us are not) It will cost you around 1000 RMB to just see a doctor. Just a regular consult at that. :cry:

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    this is an amazing hospital - was there a couple weeks ago actually.. really so much better than going to gulou

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    Wo!! freaking 1000rmb for a consult..!
    Nice article though I dont think SOlkim is rite about Golou hospital.. I think its a pretty decent hospital with a lot of english speaking docs.

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  • Anil, you thieving bastard. Don't ever change. I like you the way you are.

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  • Anil, you thieving bastard. Don't ever change. I like you the way you are.


    Solkim's point is that the author is listed as me, although it was actually written by Miki (solkim).

    Miki, I have sent you a PM to explain the situation, I will take care of proper credits later today.

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