Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

I'm going to offer you a crash course in understanding Chinese addresses, with a few examples based in Chongqing. The first principle you should know is that Chinese addresses are typically written on a single line left to right, in order of general to specific. In my example, the apartment complex is real, but the … Continue reading Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

KTV booths 卡拉OK屋

Over the last two years or so, a new craze has swept over the country, and Chongqing is certainly no exception. The traditional karaoke club scene has been incredibly popular for generations now, but the industry has recently seen a new development, that of small private karaoke booths strategically located in a variety public areas. … Continue reading KTV booths 卡拉OK屋

Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Football Club 关注重庆当代力帆足球俱乐部

Over the years, I am yet to reach double figures for the number of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan games I have ever attended, but I still have some curious experiences and thoughts on my sporadic association with the team. Lifan力帆 is the name of a famous Chongqing based motorbike manufacturer. As private cars become ubiquitous, the … Continue reading Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Football Club 关注重庆当代力帆足球俱乐部

The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

Study these two photos a moment and answer me one question. Are the two buildings the same place? If your answer is something like 'Of course not! Are you blind?' then you are mistaken, my friend. Vaguely reminiscent of the way Professor Quirrell is possessed by Lord Voldemort in the finale of The Philospher's Stone, … Continue reading The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

An afternoon with Ash Dykes 在南滨路同阿什-戴克斯共度下午时光

Flicking through the recent posts of the Chongqing British expatriate Wechat group for anything of interest, I came across an advertisement for a public speech from a young Welsh adventurer, at a bookshop I had never visited on the picturesque south bank of the Yangtze river. Since most of the family were going away for … Continue reading An afternoon with Ash Dykes 在南滨路同阿什-戴克斯共度下午时光

The Mountain City Walkway 山城步道

A delight of Chongqing is the way you can turn a corner and almost travel back in time, from a pulsating ultra modern neon lit metropolis into a quiet, secluded early twentieth century residential pathway frozen in time. This Mountain City山城(Shan cheng) Walkway is somewhat like this. From either end, one by a courthouse, another … Continue reading The Mountain City Walkway 山城步道

Chongqing’s Yellow Taxi Cabs

A bit like New York, the streets of Chongqing are ploughed daily by armies of yellow taxis, but augmented further by a charmingly chaotic array of behaviours and sights to behold. I'm going to be as fair as possible on the taxis and drivers here. The vehicles often cruise or tear through the city 24 … Continue reading Chongqing’s Yellow Taxi Cabs

Close to nature in Tongliang 在铜梁靠近大自然

Here is a retrospective blog post about Tongliang, a satellite city around 70 kilometres to the northwest of Chongqing. Ever the pragmatist, I love to merge the best sights and experiences any out of town location has to offer in fowl swoop. The two Chinese characters for this city are Tong铜, which means 'bronze,' and … Continue reading Close to nature in Tongliang 在铜梁靠近大自然

Liziba Park 李子坝公园

liziba Park 李子坝抗争遗址公园 On the south bank of the Jialing River is a peaceful and attractive park, overlooked by Eling Park high above, and was opened back in 2008. The grounds are narrowly squeezed between two busy roads and the river, but is a good 1800 metres long. The building style is kind of old … Continue reading Liziba Park 李子坝公园