Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

As Chongqing continues to revive its many vestiges of cultural heritage that had descended into virtual anonymity, the latest addition to the rapidly expanding tourist trail is Huangjueya Old Street, a once bustling epicentre of diplomatic and commercial activity that branches from the main drag upon Nanshan Mountain. Word about this 350 million yuan restoration … Continue reading Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

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

Dayuetang Korean Spa House

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

Huguang Guild Restoration

I had to check twice when I noticed the icon forecasting clear skies for today! Once deep into autumn, the sun becomes a rarity in these parts, so the chance to enjoy a day out in the sunshine is an opportunity not to be missed, with doubts over unreliable weather apps cast aside. Last week … Continue reading Huguang Guild Restoration

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

The China-US Association

Funnily enough, senior figures of the China-US Association of Chongqing have been Wechat contacts for a number of years. In the non too distant past, they even hosted a masked ball in my apartment complex reception venue. Yet, despite us having brushed shoulders on occaisions so long, Saturday evening will be the day I finally … Continue reading The China-US Association

An ‘Overseas Daughter-in-Law’ in China

Here is the second installment of my international marriage posts. I began yesterday by describing my own personal experiences, along with some cultural tips I believe anyone considering marriage to a Chinese woman should consider. Like I said, the vast majority of international marriages involve Chinese women, yet there is a sizeable number of couples … Continue reading An ‘Overseas Daughter-in-Law’ in China

Marriage to a Chongqing Lady

I have a double header of international marriage in Chongqing for you. The first today is from my own perspective, the experiences of an Englishman married to a Chongqing lady, which should generalise well enough for males from western countries. Though international marriages in Chongqing involve foreign men and Chinese women, as is the case … Continue reading Marriage to a Chongqing Lady

Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

Luan-pi-chai 乱劈柴 means something along the lines of 'Hap-hazardly chop firewood,' and is a simple but insanely fun drinking game that locals in Chongqing love to play over social gatherings, especially hotpot. First let me explain some background of the name luan-pi-chai. Later, I'll explain its connection to the social game in this post. Chopping … Continue reading Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

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

My National Day Week

Tomorrow sees the 70th anniversary of the PRC, and a full seven days' worth of national holiday to savour. Ceremonial events take place in the days leading up to October 1st and last through the following week, but most naturally concentrate on the eve of the holiday, leaving people to then focus on enjoying themselves. … Continue reading My National Day Week

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