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

Jiefangbei Liberation Monument

Jiefangbei解放碑 means 'Liberation monument' in Chinese, and this building located on the Yuzhong District peninsula is one of a kind in all of China. Building work first began on October 31st 1946, with the finishing touches in place by August of the following year. Finally, on the first year anniversary of National Day in 1950, … Continue reading Jiefangbei Liberation Monument

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 Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

In my early days in China, there wasn't a public holiday given during the week for this festival, but after the Labour Day holiday was reduced from seven to four days, a day was given to each of the Tomb Sweeping, Dragonboat and Mid-Autumn festivals, in the form of a long weekend, as either the … Continue reading The Tomb Sweeping Festival 清明节

Lantern Festival in Bishan在璧山度过元宵 Tianci Huatang hot springs and Fengxiang Children’s Park 天赐华汤温泉及枫香儿童公园

It happened that our schedule cleared up for Tuesday, and being the final week of the winter school holidays, this was a perfect opportunity to enjoy the Lantern Festival in some style and comfort. The Lantern Festival marks the end of festivities for the Chinese New Year, and you will still find people celebrating and … Continue reading Lantern Festival in Bishan在璧山度过元宵 Tianci Huatang hot springs and Fengxiang Children’s Park 天赐华汤温泉及枫香儿童公园

Chinese Valentine’s day 中国式情人节

Tomorrow is western Valentine's Day. It certainly has caught on to some extent in China, but many might be surprised to learn that the Chinese version of Valentine's is held on another day of the year. In fact, it is held on the same day according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but like the new … Continue reading Chinese Valentine’s day 中国式情人节

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