SG13 Beijing Tour Experience

It's Sunday, December 9th, and we have officially touched down in Beijing for the SG13 tour with China Travel Guide! Since we took an evening flight from Chongqing, our initial leg simply involved meeting the friendly representative outside arrivals, who showed us an English message from our guide Linda, instructing us to wait in the … Continue reading SG13 Beijing Tour Experience

Zhaomu Mountain – The Forest Park Next Door

Like a dramatic set to an extravaganza, the urban peaks of Chongqing bestow a scenic backdrop for all to admire on a daily basis, yet the rigours of life demand that few have the chance to regularly explore them up close. Cue this early December, and the local climes have broken the norm by gifting … Continue reading Zhaomu Mountain – The Forest Park Next Door

Bridging Generational Divides

As I once touched upon in 'Fog City Night Tales,' there's a colourful facet to domestic relations that eminates from a divide in mentality, namely between Mao era generations and those born post economic reform. Speaking in generalities, parents born mid century tend to be more thrifty, traditional, rurally orientated, with narrow horizons, while younger … Continue reading Bridging Generational Divides

Walking the City Peaks

Fotuguan Ridge spans a good length of the Yuzhong Peninsula, where narrow, windy lanes pass through time forgotten communities upon the slopes, and buildings hug tightly to the hillside, staking claim from foot to crest. Naturally, the tranquil elevations that stand aloft the daily bustle has attracted more than local dwellers in times past. Despite … Continue reading Walking the City Peaks

Xinjing Hot Springs Beibei

Towards late November, I drove to Xinjing Hot Springs with iChongqing, whom the resort had invited to shoot a promotional video, showing the natural environment, pools, facilities and pampering on offer. The route took us north on the G75 until the exit just before the Beibei toll station, after which we followed a bumpy, picturesque … Continue reading Xinjing Hot Springs Beibei

Chongqing Migratory Birds

Once a remote land for banishment in ancient times, the topical island that is Hainan Province海南省 has long been a destination of choice for mainlanders keen to escape the depths of winter, with Chongqing no exception. While spared of the harsh wintry conditions up in the far north, the months of cold, drizzle, fog, and … Continue reading Chongqing Migratory Birds

Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

As Chongqing continues to revive its many vestiges of cultural heritage that had descended into virtual anonymity, the latest addition to the rapidly expanding tourist trail is Huangjueya Old Street, a once bustling epicentre of diplomatic and commercial activity that branches from the main drag upon Nanshan Mountain. Word about this 350 million yuan restoration … Continue reading Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

Mandarin Tips – Classic Novels

In my youth, I knew about all the classic novelists, such as Charles Dickens, Thomas Hardy, D.H. Laurence, Jane Austin, Victor hugo, just to name a few. Yet, somehow, I admit now to going through life without ever actually reading one of their original works, cover to cover. Brute honesty drives me to say it … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Classic Novels

The Vicissitudes of Street Barbecue

Open barbecue stalls were a ubiquitous nocturnal phenomenon on the streets of Chongqing, until the stricter regulation of recent years forced them indoors, outside the city, or out of business. That's for the most part, yet not entirely. One survival technique is simply going under the radar, where stall owners relocate to out-of-sight clandestine pockets, … Continue reading The Vicissitudes of Street Barbecue

Following in Cinematic Footsteps

Late autumn has transcended into winter, but although the damp and mist has accordingly set in, the seasonal climes have been overall generous to us city dwellers here in Chongqing. But while many are naturally averse to drab overcast skies, the real thought one should harbour is looking beyond the superficial, and towards a magical … Continue reading Following in Cinematic Footsteps

Dayuetang Korean Spa House

As far back as I care to remember, spas, bath houses and hot springs have never ceased to appeal, albeit to differing extents. It's fitting, then, that I should have landed in 'Hot Spring Capital' all those years ago. Today, however, dawned the most complete of experiences in the bath house come spa category, and … Continue reading Dayuetang Korean Spa House

Huguang Guild Restoration

I had to check twice when I noticed the icon forecasting clear skies for today! Once deep into autumn, the sun becomes a rarity in these parts, so the chance to enjoy a day out in the sunshine is an opportunity not to be missed, with doubts over unreliable weather apps cast aside. Last week … Continue reading Huguang Guild Restoration