Road trip to Hainan Island

It's nearly time for Chinese New Year, and in keeping with habit over recent years, we plan to briefly swap the ubiquitous cold and overcast skies for warmer climes in the far south of China. Last year, we drove to Xishuangbanna in southern Yunnan Province, close to the Lao border, taking in the sights of … Continue reading Road trip to Hainan Island

Zhaomu Mountain – The Forest Park Next Door

Like a dramatic set to an extravaganza, the urban peaks of Chongqing bestow a scenic backdrop for all to admire on a daily basis, yet the rigours of life demand that few have the chance to regularly explore them up close. Cue this early December, and the local climes have broken the norm by gifting … Continue reading Zhaomu Mountain – The Forest Park Next Door

Walking the City Peaks

Fotuguan Ridge spans a good length of the Yuzhong Peninsula, where narrow, windy lanes pass through time forgotten communities upon the slopes, and buildings hug tightly to the hillside, staking claim from foot to crest. Naturally, the tranquil elevations that stand aloft the daily bustle has attracted more than local dwellers in times past. Despite … Continue reading Walking the City Peaks

Xinjing Hot Springs Beibei

Towards late November, I drove to Xinjing Hot Springs with iChongqing, whom the resort had invited to shoot a promotional video, showing the natural environment, pools, facilities and pampering on offer. The route took us north on the G75 until the exit just before the Beibei toll station, after which we followed a bumpy, picturesque … Continue reading Xinjing Hot Springs Beibei

Chongqing Migratory Birds

Once a remote land for banishment in ancient times, the topical island that is Hainan Province海南省 has long been a destination of choice for mainlanders keen to escape the depths of winter, with Chongqing no exception. While spared of the harsh wintry conditions up in the far north, the months of cold, drizzle, fog, and … Continue reading Chongqing Migratory Birds

Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

As Chongqing continues to revive its many vestiges of cultural heritage that had descended into virtual anonymity, the latest addition to the rapidly expanding tourist trail is Huangjueya Old Street, a once bustling epicentre of diplomatic and commercial activity that branches from the main drag upon Nanshan Mountain. Word about this 350 million yuan restoration … Continue reading Huangjueya Old Street Restoration

Following in Cinematic Footsteps

Late autumn has transcended into winter, but although the damp and mist has accordingly set in, the seasonal climes have been overall generous to us city dwellers here in Chongqing. But while many are naturally averse to drab overcast skies, the real thought one should harbour is looking beyond the superficial, and towards a magical … Continue reading Following in Cinematic Footsteps

Dayuetang Korean Spa House

As far back as I care to remember, spas, bath houses and hot springs have never ceased to appeal, albeit to differing extents. It's fitting, then, that I should have landed in 'Hot Spring Capital' all those years ago. Today, however, dawned the most complete of experiences in the bath house come spa category, and … Continue reading Dayuetang Korean Spa House

SG13 Reservation Experience

It's a done deal! In the early part of December, I will join Travel China Guide on the SG13 four day tour of Beijing, taking in the renouned sites of Tiananmen Square, the Great Wall, Forbidden City, and the Temple of Heaven. Our accommodation will be a deluxe room at the five star Great Wall … Continue reading SG13 Reservation Experience

Night River Cruises – Manjianghong

It's funny how the simplest of actions can bring about drastic changes of direction in life. A marriage of fourteen years counting traces back to a casual evening's hotpot with friends. Four years in Gyeonggi Province stemmed from an inspiring view of Korean television drama. This last week, a small comment on the iChongqing Facebook … Continue reading Night River Cruises – Manjianghong

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’

Curiosities of Yangjiaping

The sun rose on day five of the National Holiday, and familial duty led me to spend most of my time amongst the rather mundane surroundings of Yangjiaping杨家坪, the pedestrianised centre of Jiulongpo District九龙坡区. Not to worry, though, as there are still keen points of interest to keep the reader interested. On a side note, … Continue reading Curiosities of Yangjiaping