My National Day Week

Tomorrow sees the 70th anniversary of the PRC, and a full seven days' worth of national holiday to savour. Ceremonial events take place in the days leading up to October 1st and last through the following week, but most naturally concentrate on the eve of the holiday, leaving people to then focus on enjoying themselves. … Continue reading My National Day Week

Cruising the Jialing River

Mention river cruises in Chongqing and most will tell you either of these two, the Three Gorges cruise ships that leave from Chaotianmen Docks, or the boats that sail passengers up and down both rivers for two hours each night from the same place. In this post today, I want to introduce a third option … Continue reading Cruising the Jialing River

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

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

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