Several years ago I found a wonderful dentist here in Chengdu, the best dentist I ever encountered in my life. She is a tiny woman, trained in the USA, and when I had one of my front teeth removed, I didn't feel a thing. Literally, not even the entry of the anaesthetic needle. Splendid, because I am a total coward. However, her prices are very high for China, and as my wife and I are saving money to emigrate (except for LBA, that doesn't count) we asked around to find another dentist, gentle but cheap! A friend recommended a specific dentist who worked in an ENORMOUS practice on one of the busier streets downtown. About 2 full levels of a complete block. This was rather intimidating, because it suggested that the prices might be high there too. However, the dentist and all his staff were charming and very capable, and the work he did was almost totally painless. The reason I think this story is notable is because of the surroundings. Aren't they wonderful? I think the whole place must once have been a monastery, or is trying hard to look like one. When we walked into the reception area we were quite alarmed, because the level of luxury looked very expensive. Also, there were so many staff around - a girl at ground level to usher us into the lift, 2 male and 2 female greeters on both floors, and each room had a greeter outside it. Each female greeter in salmon-peach or lemon-yellow party frock, and her job was to convey us to the dental nurse. 2 dental nurses for each dentist, dressed in white. The X-ray technician had 3 nurses. One thing that was very surprising was that there was a cake shop in reception, I presume they are trying to encourage tooth decay! And the total price of my extraction? $26.59. That's right, twenty-six dollars fifty-nine cents. (equivalent) btw, please don't think I am mocking religion in any way - the only reason for this post is because I think this place is totally anachronistic in China.