Road trip to Hainan Island

It's nearly time for Chinese New Year, and in keeping with habit over recent years, we plan to briefly swap the ubiquitous cold and overcast skies for warmer climes in the far south of China. Last year, we drove to Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan Province, close to the Lao border, taking in the sights of … Continue reading Road trip to Hainan Island

Chagan Lake Fish Harvest

Recently, Baji Group八吉集团, a Chinese developer of songhua stone松花石 and financial heavyweight, generously invited 50 of us individuals from around China to visit their headquarters in the city of Changchun, Jilin Province, a trip that coincided with the annual winter fish harvest on the feet thick ice sheet covering Chagan Lake.Changchun is the capital city … Continue reading Chagan Lake Fish Harvest

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

SG13 Reservation Experience

It's a done deal! In the early part of December, I will join Travel China Guide on the SG13 four day tour of Beijing, taking in the renouned sites of Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Our accommodation will be a deluxe room at the five star Great Wall … Continue reading SG13 Reservation Experience

Scooters and Mango Bikes

A reader asked me whether it's feasible to explore the reaches of Chongqing by scooter, to which I replied it won't happen past your neighourhood limits. Ever since that message, I have awaited the chance to share the vicissitudes of two wheeled transport in Mountain City, from early days to present. In the first decade … Continue reading Scooters and Mango Bikes

Tour Group Experiences

I have always been a keen proponent of independent travel throughout my years in China, the reasons for which are two-fold. On a personal level, I love the freedom to choose my own route, schedule, mode of transport, accommodation, where to explore, or whether to simply kick back and relax. From a pragmatic viewpoint, there … Continue reading Tour Group Experiences

Cruising the Jialing River

Mention river cruises in Chongqing and most will tell you either of these two, the Three Gorges cruise ships that leave from Chaotianmen Docks, or the boats that sail passengers up and down both rivers for two hours each night from the same place. In this post today, I want to introduce a third option … Continue reading Cruising the Jialing River

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

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

Yangshuo Adventure

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

War of Resistance Museum

Blink as you turn the bend, and you'd be forgiven for missing the entire complex! Around halfway between the Golden Eagle and Caribbean Bay (Japanese bath house), a matter of just a few kilometres, you can visit the site of a former Kuomintang (国民党Guo-min-dang) political headquarters in the days when Chongqing was the wartime capital … Continue reading War of Resistance Museum

The Golden Eagle

From any unobscured point in the city, especially on a clear sunny day, it's possible to spot the golden eagle perched upon one of the countless peaks of Nanshan, 'South Mountain.' While tourists might imagine it could be there as a symbol of power and prosperity, it's purpose is really to serve as a viewing … Continue reading The Golden Eagle