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

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

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

Langzhong Ancient City

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

Road Trip Series – Weizhou Island

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

Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

It's a late April evening, and as I sweat it out at home in my loosest fitting shorts and vest, my mind to turns to a question that occurs to every Chongqing resident on a yearly basis. Chongqing, along with Wuhan and Nanjing, have long been considered the Three furnaces of China中国三大火炉, but what makes … Continue reading Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

Winter in Chongqing 重庆的冬天

The Spring Festival is about done and dusted, and we in Chongqing needn't fear the cold again until November, fingers crossed. That's right. To speak the absolute truth, the winter climate in Chongqing city is far from great, and it's perhaps the one biggest complaint from foreign residents and Chinese from out of town alike. … Continue reading Winter in Chongqing 重庆的冬天