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

Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

So far in my blog, I've already covered two Mandarin language resources that helped me through that tricky beginner's stage, and within a full year of my arrival in Chongqing. Just in case you haven't read them, they are the Mandarin pop VCDs and Crazy English Reader magazine. Another resource that taught me muchaimed at … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

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

Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Almost two weeks ago on my drive home, a new but feebly inconspicuous road sign finally caught my attention. The right lane new painted in dark yellow was reserved for Smart Expo traffic, with all other road users presumably expected to keep it clear. By the time I searched online to learn more about the … Continue reading Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Mid-Autumn Festivities

According to the Chinese lunar calendar, tomorrow will be the fifteenth day of the eight month, signifying the mid-point of autumn under a full moon. Along with the Spring Festival, the rite of mid-autumn has been a sacred date on the calendar since ancient times in China. To this day, the traditions of 'Zhong-qiu-jie中秋节' continue … Continue reading Mid-Autumn Festivities

Chaotianmen and Raffles

Chaotianmen is the famous passenger and commercial port where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers converge, right at the tip of the Yuzhong peninsula. The three character name in Chinese (朝天门) means 'Facing - heaven - gate,' and originates an imperial edict from the Song Dynasty capital of Lin'an, modern day Hangzhou, with instructions to sail … Continue reading Chaotianmen and Raffles

Chongqing International Beer Festival

Summer beer festivals have become a ubiquitous event for most cities nationwide, and whilst a far cry from Oktoberfest, the most notable example in Chongqing takes place in early September on Nanbin Lu, the south bank river road of the Yangtze, just as the summer heat begins to subside. Today, I saw the eye catching … Continue reading Chongqing International Beer Festival

Twin cities – Leicester

Most are at least familiar with the idea of twin cities, if not actually conscient of its inner workings and substance, as was the case myself. Chongqing is the central focus of my blog, but I would like to explore the city's international reach by introducing each of its sister cities, one by one over … Continue reading Twin cities – Leicester

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

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

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

Ciqikou Old Town – A Personal Account

Ciqikou is an old town area of Chongqing tucked away in a corner of Shapinba District by the Jialing River. Its most noticeable landmark is the hilltop Buddhist temple Baolunsi 宝轮寺, easily visible when driving in or out of Shapinba across the ringroad bridge. Ciqikou 磁器口 translates as 'Chinaware Mouth' or 'inlet.' Indeed, the area … Continue reading Ciqikou Old Town – A Personal Account

A Japanese Style Bath House

Allow me to begin with a brief anecdote or two. Nanshan南山 is the lushly forrested 'South Mountain' ridge that streches roughly north to south along the eastern side of Chongqing, and provides the famous backdrop to the Mountain City skyline. Apart from sitting pretty, the ridge hosts the insanely popular nightviewing platforms of Yikeshu一棵树观景台, and … Continue reading A Japanese Style Bath House