China Powerboat League – Pengshui

Out of the blue one day last week, a young lady from Dalian added me as a contact on QQ through a Chongqing foreigners' group, and asked if I would be interested in taking part in an amateur jet ski race, an addition to the professional China Powerboat League. Since all the other racers are … Continue reading China Powerboat League – Pengshui

Public Line Dancing

As daylight fades, small armies of middle aged and elderly ladies emerge from their apartment blocks to congregate in their communal square, a public space, or even in corners of an underground parking garages when met with inclement weather. A stereo cassette player, a bluetooth connected boombox, or even portable screening equipment is set up … Continue reading Public Line Dancing

The Grand Theatre

The Chongqing Grand Theatre重庆大剧院 is virtually at the tip of the Jiangbeizui peninsula, a piece of land that accosts the convergence point of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. As a small anecdote, many Chinese refer to the Yangtze erroneously as the 'Long River.' Indeed, the most widely used name is 'Chang jiang长江, that literally means … Continue reading The Grand Theatre

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

The ‘Foreign Street’ I Never Knew 游逛重庆洋人街

Towards the northern end of Nanan District南岸区 around which the Yangtze bends after flowing past Chaotianmen Docks, there lies a striking oddity of urban planning and subsequent neglect. Opened way back in 2006, the lure of free rental attracted an army of foreigners to set up shop, offering everything from pubs, clubs, restaurants and popular … Continue reading The ‘Foreign Street’ I Never Knew 游逛重庆洋人街

KTV booths 卡拉OK屋

Over the last two years or so, a new craze has swept over the country, and Chongqing is certainly no exception. The traditional karaoke club scene has been incredibly popular for generations now, but the industry has recently seen a new development, that of small private karaoke booths strategically located in a variety public areas. … Continue reading KTV booths 卡拉OK屋

Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Football Club 关注重庆当代力帆足球俱乐部

Over the years, I am yet to reach double figures for the number of Chongqing Dangdai Lifan games I have ever attended, but I still have some curious experiences and thoughts on my sporadic association with the team. Lifan力帆 is the name of a famous Chongqing based motorbike manufacturer. As private cars become ubiquitous, the … Continue reading Chongqing Dangdai Lifan Football Club 关注重庆当代力帆足球俱乐部