This seems to be an astonishingly popular game amongst Chinese acquaintances of mine - particularly employers (particularly university or education-related employers, which is most of them).
Today - a recording gig.
My employer has decided to switch to a new studio (in pursuit of cost savings rather than quality increments, I have no doubt).
Where is it? Wudaokou, they tell me.
Hm, I probably know the studio. I've done a lot of recording work over the last seven or eight years, and I've worked with most of the major recording studios in town. There are 3 or 4 near Wudaokou (well, not all that near; but it's such a major hub of the student world that everyone tends to use it as a reference point; and it probably is the nearest subway station to most of them).
We'll send you a map, they say. What a novelty! How nice!
The map appears to show that the studio is near Zhichunlu subway station. Not that far away from Wudaokou (one stop; a mile-and-a-half south), but NOT "Wudaokou".
I probably know that studio. There's a place I've worked a few times before that's right where the Google Maps teardrop appears to be hovering, or near enough.
But I'm not quite sure if it's the same place. And I haven't been to that place for a few months, so I might struggle a bit to find it again.
No problem. They'll send someone to meet me at the subway station.
And they do! Lovely!! It all works like a dream!!!
Except.... that the map they sent me is completely bogus. The place is not anywhere near Wudaokou or Zhichunlu. It's the other side of Xizhimen, about a 20-minute taxi ride away. WTF?????
[Additional information to help casual by-passers appreciate the extreme bizarreness of this: 1) Xizhimen is a major bus and subway transport hub; 2) Xizhimen is much nearer to where I live than the Zhichunlu station to which I was directed; 3) the studio is only a 15-minute walk from Xizhimen (much less time than it took to get there in a taxi from Zhichunlu); 4) the studio is really easy to find; 5) the studio is in fact right next to a major university (one that I taught at a few years ago, so a doddle for me to locate).]