Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1?

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?

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

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

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

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

Chongqing Sichuanese Opera House 重庆川剧院

For years, tucked away in a corner of Gumufeng Intersection 古木峰立交 is the conspicuous Sichuanese Opera Theatre I have driven past on an almost daily basis. Despite its size and grandeur, there is never any publicity on events, and I don't recall ever noticing many people exploring the grounds outside. Finally, my blog has inspired … Continue reading Chongqing Sichuanese Opera House 重庆川剧院

Lantern Festival in Bishan在璧山度过元宵 Tianci Huatang hot springs and Fengxiang Children’s Park 天赐华汤温泉及枫香儿童公园

It happened that our schedule cleared up for Tuesday, and being the final week of the winter school holidays, this was a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Lantern Festival in some style and comfort. The Lantern Festival marks the end of festivities for the Chinese New Year, and you will still find people celebrating and … Continue reading Lantern Festival in Bishan在璧山度过元宵 Tianci Huatang hot springs and Fengxiang Children’s Park 天赐华汤温泉及枫香儿童公园

The Chongqing transportation card 重庆宜居畅通卡

The name 重庆宜居畅通卡 (Chong qing yi ju chang tong ka) literally means something like 'fit for living free flowing card,' where you can in theory travel to your destination on public transport without of the hassle of traffic jams and disruptions. While it is possible to pay in cash on buses by simply dropping coins … Continue reading The Chongqing transportation card 重庆宜居畅通卡