Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

On this day, we received an invite to attend a qipao and Chinese tea social event, held at a friend's exquisitely designed tailor showroom named Chunyi Qimei纯懿七美, based on the 18th floor of a commercial high rise just opposite Paradise Walk. The most common name for this traditional Chinese woman's dress is 'Qipao旗袍,' but another … Continue reading Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

The Grand Theatre

The Chongqing Grand Theatre重庆大剧院 is virtually at the tip of the Jiangbeizui peninsula, a piece of land that accosts the convergence point of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. As a small anecdote, many Chinese refer to the Yangtze erroneously as the 'Long River.' Indeed, the most widely used name is 'Chang jiang长江, that literally means … Continue reading The Grand Theatre

Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长

Foreword 前言 No blog on Chongqing would be complete without coverage of the city's most famous export, hotpot. Originating from the steps of Chaotianmen Docks in days long bygone, where manual laborers armed with bamboo poles would jostle furiously to load and carry off goods, wares and perishables up the steep peninsula. As Sichuan is … Continue reading Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长

Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

It's a late April evening, and as I sweat it out at home in my loosest fitting shorts and vest, my mind to turns to a question that occurs to every Chongqing resident on a yearly basis. Chongqing, along with Wuhan and Nanjing, have long been considered the Three furnaces of China中国三大火炉, but what makes … Continue reading Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

The Dead Sea of China中国死海

The Dead Sea of China is a giant indoor and outdoor water park geared mainly for the busy summer season, as the most of the pools are not heated. The exception is the smaller indoor dead sea pool, where you can lie back and float effortlessly any time of the year. This resort about 200 … Continue reading The Dead Sea of China中国死海

ESL – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

ESL in China is far too expansive to cover in a single post, so I'm creating a series where you can learn the inns and outs of the industry, its pros and cons, its inspirational figures and downright crooks, its incredible experiences and nightmare level plights. The acronym stands for English as a second language, … Continue reading ESL – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

Jindao Canyon 金刀峡

On my last visit, I attended a film themed event at Jindao Canyon Resort. The host was the well known local film director Vernon Chen, the owner of OurFilm Studios, and creator of the trilogy 'Une Francaise a Chongqing法国女孩在重庆.' Thanks to new motorways and roads, the journey takes just over an hour from Yubei District, … Continue reading Jindao Canyon 金刀峡

Chongqing International Women’s Group 重庆国际妇女社

The Chongqing International Women's Group (CQIWG) was founded in 2005 as a charity organisation aimed at supporting underprivileged children in Chonqing Municipality. It was founded by Lucy Chan Summers, the wife of the British Consul at the time. Back in 2017, I was fortunate enough to personally meet and talk about the women's group with … Continue reading Chongqing International Women’s Group 重庆国际妇女社

Hechuan Citadel 合川钓鱼城

Situated around 54 kilometres north from Chongqing on the G75 motorway, Hechuan is a major satellite city that is home to a number of interesting sites of historical importance. Top of the list is without doubt the 'Fishing City钓鱼城(Diao yu cheng)' Hechuan Citadel, an ancient fortress where a thirty six year stand-off between the Song … Continue reading Hechuan Citadel 合川钓鱼城

La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

    La Marine Francaise is a former French Navy Barracks dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Having fallen derelict for more than half a century, it has undergone an incredible restoration, where all the fittings, walls, flooring and exterior have been done up beautifully without impacting its original style and charm … Continue reading La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

The Yangtze River Cableway 重庆长江索道

For many years following its official unveiling in 1987, locals depended on this means of transport across the Yangtze River as a matter of necessity. With few bridges connecting the Yuzhong Peninsula to surrounding districts in the past, offering an extremely circuitous and time consuming journey simply to reach the opposite bank. In the late … Continue reading The Yangtze River Cableway 重庆长江索道

Country Retreats – A Riverside Villa

I'm back tracking a little here, but the locations I want to talk about in this post are one of countless dotted around the mountains and riversides in Chongqing, and I'll focus on an example of both settings, and the events that led me to visit them. Many private villas and mansions are scattered around … Continue reading Country Retreats – A Riverside Villa