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

SG13 Reservation Experience

It's a done deal! In the early part of December, I will join China Travel 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

Jinyuan Chongqing Hotpot Festival

My fruitful encounter with iChongqing this week culminated in a behind the scenes experience at the Chongqing Hotpot Festival, and yet another spicy installment of the local delicacy for my audience. Jinyuan Sqaure occupies a huge expanse of real estate beside the Jialing River on Beibin Lu, and plays home to the curious blend of … Continue reading Jinyuan Chongqing Hotpot Festival

Fun with Hotpot Menus

Hotpot is the most famous delicacy associated with Chongqing nationwide. No matter where you travel in China, you will almost certainly find a 'Chongqing Huoguo (Fire wok) 重庆火锅' restaurant in town. There are countless avenues for us to explore with hotpot; the history, key ingredients, utensils, varieties, specialties, brands, social culture, homemade versions, entertainment, games, … Continue reading Fun with Hotpot Menus

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

Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长

Foreword 前言 No blog on Chongqing would be complete without coverage of the city's most famous export, hotpot. Originating from the steps of Chaotianmen Docks in days long bygone, where manual laborers armed with bamboo poles would jostle furiously to load and carry off goods, wares and perishables up the steep peninsula. As Sichuan is … Continue reading Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长