Dadukou Towns and Locamotives

My experience in Dadukou this morning goes to shows how a flexible outlook can turn a wasted trip into a fruitful excursion. A colourful mess that was an invitation to film in a remote corner of Chongqing, led to me unearthing a few antiquities of interest, as well as inspiration for a new blogpost. Dadukou … Continue reading Dadukou Towns and Locamotives

A Tale of Two Prisons

Tucked away deep into a wild and densely forrested slope of Gele Mountain, lies a pair of revolutionary era prisons called Baigong Guan白公馆 and Zhazidong渣滓洞. Geles Mountain, or Geleshan 歌乐山 forms one section of the insanely long Dabashan Ridge that stretches 500 miles over three provinces, so as you could imagine, the two prisons that … Continue reading A Tale of Two Prisons

Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

So far in my blog, I've already covered two Mandarin language resources that helped me through that tricky beginner's stage, and within a full year of my arrival in Chongqing. Just in case you haven't read them, they are the Mandarin pop VCDs and Crazy English Reader magazine. Another resource that taught me muchaimed at … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

Chongqing Garden Expo Park

Staying on the theme of exhibitions, another grand scale project in the LiangJiang New North Zone is the Garden Expo. While the International Conference and Exhibition Centre is a gigantic indoor arena that can host events of all magnitudes, the Garden Expo is a vast park where you can look for the many individual garden … Continue reading Chongqing Garden Expo Park

Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Almost two weeks ago on my drive home, a new but feebly inconspicuous road sign finally caught my attention. The right lane new painted in dark yellow was reserved for Smart Expo traffic, with all other road users presumably expected to keep it clear. By the time I searched online to learn more about the … Continue reading Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Mid-Autumn Festivities

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, tomorrow will be the fifteenth day of the eight month, signifying the mid-point of autumn under a full moon. Along with the Spring Festival, the rite of mid-autumn has been a sacred date on the calendar since ancient times in China. To this day, the traditions of 'Zhong-qiu-jie中秋节' continue … Continue reading Mid-Autumn Festivities

Chaotianmen and Raffles

Chaotianmen is the famous passenger and commercial port where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers converge, right at the tip of the Yuzhong peninsula. The three character name in Chinese (朝天门) means 'Facing - heaven - gate,' and originates an imperial edict from the Song Dynasty capital of Lin'an, modern day Hangzhou, with instructions to sail … Continue reading Chaotianmen and Raffles

Three Gorges Square

Three Gorges Square三峡广场 is the pedestrianised commercial centre of Shapingba District沙坪坝区, and is a place I retain much affinity with due to the fact I lived here during my first three and half years in China. A four stay in South Korea sandwiched our return, but instead of Shapingba, we chose the newer and better … Continue reading Three Gorges Square

Fog City Night Tales

For many years, Chongqing Television has run a program with several episodes a week called 'Fog City Night Tales,' or Wuduyehua雾都夜话. Chinese people nationwide know Chongqing as both 'Mountain City' and 'Fog City.' Indeed, the low elevation of Sichuan, locked in on all sides by mountain ranges, plus the humidity from its extensive waterways, often … Continue reading Fog City Night Tales

Jiefangbei Liberation Monument

Jiefangbei解放碑 means 'Liberation monument' in Chinese, and this building located on the Yuzhong District peninsula is one of a kind in all of China. Building work first began on October 31st 1946, with the finishing touches in place by August of the following year. Finally, on the first year anniversary of National Day in 1950, … Continue reading Jiefangbei Liberation Monument

Mandarin Tips – Karaoke VCDs

I know what you're probably thinking, but hear me out. Believe me, my singing career was over long before it even began, but that never stopped me using Chinese music video CDs as an amazing way to overcome those initial linguistic hurdles. Times have certainly changed. During my first years in Chongqing, there was practically … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Karaoke VCDs

Neighbourhood Clinics

In the past, people often startled me slightly whenever they mentioned that a friend or relative had been to hospital. For anyone like me, the thought of visiting a hospital evokes the thought of more serious ailments or injuries. However, on inquiring what the matter was, I would usually learn the individual in question was … Continue reading Neighbourhood Clinics