The China-US Association

Funnily enough, senior figures of the China-US Association of Chongqing have been Wechat contacts for a number of years. In the non too distant past, they even hosted a masked ball in my apartment complex reception venue. Yet, despite us having brushed shoulders on occaisions so long, Saturday evening will be the day I finally … Continue reading The China-US Association

Marriage to a Chongqing Lady

I have a double header of international marriage in Chongqing for you. The first today is from my own perspective, the experiences of an Englishman married to a Chongqing lady, which should generalise well enough for males from western countries. Though international marriages in Chongqing involve foreign men and Chinese women, as is the case … Continue reading Marriage to a Chongqing Lady

Tour Group Experiences

I have always been a keen proponent of independent travel throughout my years in China, the reasons for which are two-fold. On a personal level, I love the freedom to choose my own route, schedule, mode of transport, accommodation, where to explore, or whether to simply kick back and relax. From a pragmatic viewpoint, there … Continue reading Tour Group Experiences

Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

Luan-pi-chai 乱劈柴 means something along the lines of 'Hap-hazardly chop firewood,' and is a simple but insanely fun drinking game that locals in Chongqing love to play over social gatherings, especially hotpot. First let me explain some background of the name luan-pi-chai. Later, I'll explain its connection to the social game in this post. Chopping … Continue reading Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

Fun with Hotpot Menus

Hotpot is the most famous delicacy associated with Chongqing nationwide. No matter where you travel in China, you will almost certainly find a 'Chongqing Huoguo (Fire wok) 重庆火锅' restaurant in town. There are countless avenues for us to explore with hotpot; the history, key ingredients, utensils, varieties, specialties, brands, social culture, homemade versions, entertainment, games, … Continue reading Fun with Hotpot Menus

Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

So far in my blog, I've already covered two Mandarin language resources that helped me through that tricky beginner's stage, and within a full year of my arrival in Chongqing. Just in case you haven't read them, they are the Mandarin pop VCDs and Crazy English Reader magazine. Another resource that taught me muchaimed at … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

Neighbourhood Clinics

In the past, people often startled me slightly whenever they mentioned that a friend or relative had been to hospital. For anyone like me, the thought of visiting a hospital evokes the thought of more serious ailments or injuries. However, on inquiring what the matter was, I would usually learn the individual in question was … Continue reading Neighbourhood Clinics

Chongqing International Beer Festival

Summer beer festivals have become a ubiquitous event for most cities nationwide, and whilst a far cry from Oktoberfest, the most notable example in Chongqing takes place in early September on Nanbin Lu, the south bank river road of the Yangtze, just as the summer heat begins to subside. Today, I saw the eye catching … Continue reading Chongqing International Beer Festival

Learning Mandarin in Chongqing

Chongqing is a fantastic base for learning Mandarin. The vibrant city offers a colourful mixture of advantages, whilst also harbouring a few pitfalls that are navigable once you understand the landscape. In this first examination, I want to tell readers on how they can gain the most from a language orientated stay here. It would … Continue reading Learning Mandarin in Chongqing

Interaction – Beat the Landlord

Today, I want to teach you how to play 'Beat the Landlord,' (斗地主Dou di zhu) the most popular card game in Chongqing, if not the whole country. While some individuals do indeed fritter away countless sums of money in the Macanese casinos, only a tiny majority play the more international games like blackjack or poker. … Continue reading Interaction – Beat the Landlord

Interaction – Toasts

Love it or hate it, the culture of toasting repeatedly over banquets is an art form that men should pay attentive care. In Chinese, the term for a toast is 敬酒 (Jing jiu), and the way you propose a toast to somebody is by calling their name or title, followed by 我敬你(Wo jing ni). Other … Continue reading Interaction – Toasts

Interaction – Going AA

Going AA is the younger Chinese generation's choice expression when going Dutch, ie; sharing equally the cost of meal, an unspecified number of alcoholic beverages, a karaoke suite, the list goes on! Overall, the culture of hosting and covering the expense personally is still very popular. Outward impressions of generosity aside, people like to develop … Continue reading Interaction – Going AA