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
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
The famous Chinese saying goes 'Guilin shanshui jia tianxia 桂林山水甲天下,' the scenery of Guilin is unmatched beneath the heavens. Perhaps, that is, except for Yangshuo, an hour's drive further south. Tomorrow, we shall embark on a 5 hour bullet train journey direct to Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, a distance of around 780 kilometres. There, we will … Continue reading Yangshuo Adventure
阆中古城 It's been a while. For one of the so-called three furnaces of China, the summer so far in Chongqing has been a non-event. For all the humidity, temperatures have only been touching around thirty degrees, the long awaited scorching sunshine under clear blue skies have been usurped by an unshifting blanket of drab cloud, … Continue reading Langzhong Ancient City
Back in 2016, my escape route from the cold overcast skies of the Sichuan Basin took me to Weizhou, a small picturesque volcanic island that rises out of the sea forty kilometres off the coast of Beihai北海 to the south. I first set eyes on Weizhou Island涠洲岛 from a plane window on a flight from … Continue reading Road Trip Series – Weizhou Island
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
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
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?