Langzhong Ancient City

阆中古城 It's been a while. For one of the so-called three furnaces of China, the summer in Chongqing has been somewhat of 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

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

The Grand Theatre

The Chongqing Grand Theatre重庆大剧院 is virtually at the tip of the Jiangbeizui peninsula, a piece of land that accosts the convergence point of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. As a small anecdote, many Chinese refer to the Yangtze erroneously as the 'Long River.' Indeed, the most widely used name is 'Chang jiang长江, that literally means … Continue reading The Grand Theatre

Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

It's a late April evening, and as I sweat it out at home in my loosest fitting shorts and vest, my mind to turns to a question that occurs to every Chongqing resident on a yearly basis. Chongqing, along with Wuhan and Nanjing, have long been considered the Three furnaces of China中国三大火炉, but what makes … Continue reading Taking the heat – Rafting 避暑活动-漂流

Jindao Canyon 金刀峡

On my last visit, I attended a film themed event at Jindao Canyon Resort. The host was the well known local film director Vernon Chen, the owner of OurFilm Studios, and creator of the trilogy 'Une Francaise a Chongqing法国女孩在重庆.' Thanks to new motorways and roads, the journey takes just over an hour from Yubei District, … Continue reading Jindao Canyon 金刀峡

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

The ‘Foreign Street’ I Never Knew 游逛重庆洋人街

Towards the northern end of Nanan District南岸区 around which the Yangtze bends after flowing past Chaotianmen Docks, there lies a striking oddity of urban planning and subsequent neglect. Opened way back in 2006, the lure of free rental attracted an army of foreigners to set up shop, offering everything from pubs, clubs, restaurants and popular … Continue reading The ‘Foreign Street’ I Never Knew 游逛重庆洋人街

A Getaway in Nanjing 南京两日游

Party time! One occupation and passion of my wife involves being a representative for Vorwerk China, a German home appliance manufacturer that first entered the Chinese market in 1994. The centre-piece is the Thermomix multi-purpose cooking machine. Rather than simply selling through retailers, or directly online, the sales model they use is a network of … Continue reading A Getaway in Nanjing 南京两日游

Liziba Park 李子坝公园

liziba Park 李子坝抗争遗址公园 On the south bank of the Jialing River is a peaceful and attractive park, overlooked by Eling Park high above, and was opened back in 2008. The grounds are narrowly squeezed between two busy roads and the river, but is a good 1800 metres long. The building style is kind of old … Continue reading Liziba Park 李子坝公园