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

Bridging Generational Divides

As I once touched upon in 'Fog City Night Tales,' there's a colourful facet to domestic relations that eminates from a divide in mentality, namely between Mao era generations and those born post economic reform. Speaking in generalities, parents born mid century tend to be more thrifty, traditional, rurally orientated, with narrow horizons, while younger … Continue reading Bridging Generational Divides

Walking the City Peaks

Fotuguan Ridge spans a good length of the Yuzhong Peninsula, where narrow, windy lanes pass through time forgotten communities upon the slopes, and buildings hug tightly to the hillside, staking claim from foot to crest. Naturally, the tranquil elevations that stand aloft the daily bustle has attracted more than local dwellers in times past. Despite … Continue reading Walking the City Peaks

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 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

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