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

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

Night River Cruises – Manjianghong

It's funny how the simplest of actions can bring about drastic changes of direction in life. A marriage of fourteen years counting traces back to a casual evening's hotpot with friends. Four years in Gyeonggi Province stemmed from an inspiring view of Korean television drama. This last week, a small comment on the iChongqing Facebook … Continue reading Night River Cruises – Manjianghong

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

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’

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

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

Fog City Night Tales

For many years, Chongqing Television has run a program with several episodes a week called 'Fog City Night Tales,' or Wuduyehua雾都夜话. Chinese people nationwide know Chongqing as both 'Mountain City' and 'Fog City.' Indeed, the low elevation of Sichuan, locked in on all sides by mountain ranges, plus the humidity from its extensive waterways, often … Continue reading Fog City Night Tales

Mandarin Tips – Karaoke VCDs

I know what you're probably thinking, but hear me out. Believe me, my singing career was over long before it even began, but that never stopped me using Chinese music video CDs as an amazing way to overcome those initial linguistic hurdles. Times have certainly changed. During my first years in Chongqing, there was practically … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Karaoke VCDs

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

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