Dadukou Towns and Locamotives

My experience in Dadukou this morning goes to shows how a flexible outlook can turn a wasted trip into a fruitful excursion. A colourful mess that was an invitation to film in a remote corner of Chongqing, led to me unearthing a few antiquities of interest, as well as inspiration for a new blogpost. Dadukou … Continue reading Dadukou Towns and Locamotives

A Tale of Two Prisons

Tucked away deep into a wild and densely forrested slope of Gele Mountain, lies a pair of revolutionary era prisons called Baigong Guan白公馆 and Zhazidong渣滓洞. Geles Mountain, or Geleshan 歌乐山 forms one section of the insanely long Dabashan Ridge that stretches 500 miles over three provinces, so as you could imagine, the two prisons that … Continue reading A Tale of Two Prisons

Chaotianmen and Raffles

Chaotianmen is the famous passenger and commercial port where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers converge, right at the tip of the Yuzhong peninsula. The three character name in Chinese (朝天门) means 'Facing - heaven - gate,' and originates an imperial edict from the Song Dynasty capital of Lin'an, modern day Hangzhou, with instructions to sail … Continue reading Chaotianmen and Raffles

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

War of Resistance Museum

Blink as you turn the bend, and you'd be forgiven for missing the entire complex! Around halfway between the Golden Eagle and Caribbean Bay (Japanese bath house), a matter of just a few kilometres, you can visit the site of a former Kuomintang (国民党Guo-min-dang) political headquarters in the days when Chongqing was the wartime capital … Continue reading War of Resistance Museum

Ciqikou Old Town – A Personal Account

Ciqikou is an old town area of Chongqing tucked away in a corner of Shapinba District by the Jialing River. Its most noticeable landmark is the hilltop Buddhist temple Baolunsi 宝轮寺, easily visible when driving in or out of Shapinba across the ringroad bridge. Ciqikou 磁器口 translates as 'Chinaware Mouth' or 'inlet.' Indeed, the area … Continue reading Ciqikou Old Town – A Personal Account

Langzhong Ancient City

阆中古城 It's been a while. For one of the so-called three furnaces of China, the summer so far in Chongqing has been a non-event. For all the humidity, temperatures have only been touching around thirty degrees, the long awaited scorching sunshine under clear blue skies have been usurped by an unshifting blanket of drab cloud, … Continue reading Langzhong Ancient City

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 – 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 – 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