‘Jiuli’ Miao Minority Town

The official name for this area of Chongqing is 'Pengshui Self-Governing Prefecture of the Miao and Tujia Ethnic Minorities彭水苗族土家族自治县.' China is home to 56 native ethnic groups, many of whom continue to live in their homelands according to their traditional customs. Some do leave for the major cities, and though they may have certain unique … Continue reading ‘Jiuli’ Miao Minority Town

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

The Dead Sea of China中国死海

The Dead Sea of China is a giant indoor and outdoor water park geared mainly for the busy summer season, as the most of the pools are not heated. The exception is the smaller indoor dead sea pool, where you can lie back and float effortlessly any time of the year. This resort about 200 … Continue reading The Dead Sea of China中国死海

Country Retreats – A Riverside Villa

I'm back tracking a little here, but the locations I want to talk about in this post are one of countless dotted around the mountains and riversides in Chongqing, and I'll focus on an example of both settings, and the events that led me to visit them. Many private villas and mansions are scattered around … Continue reading Country Retreats – A Riverside Villa

Loyalty City – Zhongxian 忠县

Chongqing is sometimes erroneously described as being the most populated city in the world at thirty plus million inhabitants. The problem is that the actual city of Chongqing has around 11 million, with the rest shared between other cities in the larger Chongqing Municipality, which covers an area similar in size to England. The municipality … Continue reading Loyalty City – Zhongxian 忠县

The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

Study these two photos a moment and answer me one question. Are the two buildings the same place? If your answer is something like 'Of course not! Are you blind?' then you are mistaken, my friend. Vaguely reminiscent of the way Professor Quirrell is possessed by Lord Voldemort in the finale of The Philospher's Stone, … Continue reading The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

The Yellow Chongqing Taxi Cabs 重庆的出租汽车

A bit like New York, the streets of Chongqing are ploughed daily by armies of yellow taxis, but augmented further by a charmingly chaotic array of behaviours and sights to behold. I'm going to be as fair as possible on the taxis and drivers here. The vehicles often cruise or tear through the city 24 … Continue reading The Yellow Chongqing Taxi Cabs 重庆的出租汽车

Road Trip Series – Xishuangbanna

Thursday, 31st January. It's time for the Spring Festival folks! 春节来啦! Chinese New Year falls on February 5th, so we're packing our gear and getting ready to leave the cold and grey climes behind and enjoy some warmth and sunshine, for a few days at least. The plan is to set off from Chongqing, and … Continue reading Road Trip Series – Xishuangbanna

Beware of the Panda

On the roads of Chongqing the last two years, any regular driver cannot fail to have noticed a large fleet of green and white Lifan mini cars emblazened with the Panda-auto EU and panda face logo. The brand name of 'Panda' doesn't actually mean the mammal variety, as the animal itself in Chinese is 熊猫(Xiong … Continue reading Beware of the Panda