A Walk Through History

When people refer to the central district of Chongqing, the long narrow peninsula that runs runs east and west between the two great rivers, there is a lot of overlap between the names of Jiefangbei and Yuzhong. Jiefangbei解放碑 literally means 'Liberation monument,' the clocktower right at the centre of the pedestrian crossroads. It's hard to … Continue reading A Walk Through History

‘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

The People’s Hall and Three Gorges Museum

Discreetly tucked away on the Yuzhong peninsula, the People's Hall人民大礼堂 and Three Gorges Museum三峡博物馆 occupy either side of Chongqing People's Square重庆人民广场. I've included both in this post, as you can easily visit them together as part of the same trip. There are normally a fair few locals and tourists hanging around the square, with little … Continue reading The People’s Hall and Three Gorges Museum

Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

On this day, we received an invite to attend a qipao and Chinese tea social event, held at a friend's exquisitely designed tailor showroom named Chunyi Qimei纯懿七美, based on the 18th floor of a commercial high rise just opposite Paradise Walk. The most common name for this traditional Chinese woman's dress is 'Qipao旗袍,' but another … Continue reading Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

Hotpot Series火锅系列 – The Army Captain 大队长

Foreword 前言 No blog on Chongqing would be complete without coverage of the city's most famous export, hotpot. Originating from the steps of Chaotianmen Docks in days long bygone, where manual laborers armed with bamboo poles would jostle furiously to load and carry off goods, wares and perishables up the steep peninsula. As Sichuan is … Continue reading Hotpot Series火锅系列 – The Army Captain 大队长

Hechuan Citadel 合川钓鱼城

Situated around 54 kilometres north from Chongqing on the G75 motorway, Hechuan is a major satellite city that is home to a number of interesting sites of historical importance. Top of the list is without doubt the 'Fishing City钓鱼城(Diao yu cheng)' Hechuan Citadel, an ancient fortress where a thirty six year stand-off between the Song … Continue reading Hechuan Citadel 合川钓鱼城

La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

    La Marine Francaise is a former French Navy Barracks dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Having fallen derelict for more than half a century, it has undergone an incredible restoration, where all the fittings, walls, flooring and exterior have been done up beautifully without impacting its original style and charm … Continue reading La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

The Yangtze River Cableway 重庆长江索道

For many years following its official unveiling in 1987, locals depended on this means of transport across the Yangtze River as a matter of necessity. With few bridges connecting the Yuzhong Peninsula to surrounding districts in the past, offering an extremely circuitous and time consuming journey simply to reach the opposite bank. In the late … Continue reading The Yangtze River Cableway 重庆长江索道

The Lianglukou Huangguan Escalator 两路口皇冠大扶梯

Spring is notoriously short in Chongqing. Once the sun breaks through the stubborn blanket of winter cloud around late March, temperatures can blast from single digits right through to the high twenties in a matter of two or three weeks. Today is such a day, and it just happens there's an excuse to go out … Continue reading The Lianglukou Huangguan Escalator 两路口皇冠大扶梯