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

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

Learning Mandarin in Chongqing

Chongqing is a fantastic base for learning Mandarin. The vibrant city offers a colourful mixture of advantages, whilst also harbouring a few pitfalls that are navigable once you understand the landscape. In this first examination, I want to tell readers on how they can gain the most from a language orientated stay here. It would … Continue reading Learning Mandarin in Chongqing

Interaction – Beat the Landlord

Today, I want to teach you how to play 'Beat the Landlord,' (斗地主Dou di zhu) the most popular card game in Chongqing, if not the whole country. While some individuals do indeed fritter away countless sums of money in the Macanese casinos, only a tiny majority play the more international games like blackjack or poker. … Continue reading Interaction – Beat the Landlord

Interaction – Toasts

Love it or hate it, the culture of toasting repeatedly over banquets is an art form that men should pay attentive care. In Chinese, the term for a toast is 敬酒 (Jing jiu), and the way you propose a toast to somebody is by calling their name or title, followed by 我敬你(Wo jing ni). Other … Continue reading Interaction – Toasts

Interaction – Going AA

Going AA is the younger Chinese generation's choice expression when going Dutch, ie; sharing equally the cost of meal, an unspecified number of alcoholic beverages, a karaoke suite, the list goes on! Overall, the culture of hosting and covering the expense personally is still very popular. Outward impressions of generosity aside, people like to develop … Continue reading Interaction – Going AA

Interaction – Have you eaten?

To date, my posts have mainly focused on travel destinations, but there have been readers asking me to cover the topic of social interaction with locals, as this should leave a sizeable impression on the foreign visitor or resident, even on a par with the sights and culinary experiences. Indeed, this topic provides a deep … Continue reading Interaction – Have you eaten?

Public Line Dancing

As daylight fades, small armies of middle aged and elderly ladies emerge from their apartment blocks to congregate in their communal square, a public space, or even in corners of an underground parking garages when met with inclement weather. A stereo cassette player, a bluetooth connected boombox, or even portable screening equipment is set up … Continue reading Public Line Dancing

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

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

The Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

In my early days in China, there wasn't a public holiday given during the week for this festival, but after the Labour Day holiday was reduced from seven to four days, a day was given to each of the Tomb Sweeping, Dragonboat and Mid-Autumn festivals, in the form of a long weekend, as either the … Continue reading The Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

Mobile Phones in China 外国人通讯事宜

As in many other industries, Chinese products have shaken off an image for tacky replicas, and now stand on a far more competitive footing. Mobile phones are certainly no exception. Apple is certainly a huge player in China, but Chinese brands like Vivo, Oppo and Huawei have products that offer similar processing power, memory and … Continue reading Mobile Phones in China 外国人通讯事宜

Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

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, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址