China Powerboat League – Pengshui

Out of the blue one day last week, a young lady from Dalian added me as a contact on QQ through a Chongqing foreigners' group, and asked if I would be interested in taking part in an amateur jet ski race, an addition to the professional China Powerboat League. Since all the other racers are … Continue reading China Powerboat League – Pengshui

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

Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

I'm going to offer you a crash course in understanding Chinese addresses, with a few examples based in Chongqing. The first principle you should know is that Chinese addresses are typically written on a single line left to right, in order of general to specific. In my example, the apartment complex is real, but the … Continue reading Palm Springs C-7-3-16-1, did you say? 如何看懂中式地址

The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

Study these two photos a moment and answer me one question. Are the two buildings the same place? If your answer is something like 'Of course not! Are you blind?' then you are mistaken, my friend. Vaguely reminiscent of the way Professor Quirrell is possessed by Lord Voldemort in the finale of The Philospher's Stone, … Continue reading The Two Faces of Chongqing North Railway Station 奇葩的重庆北站

The Yellow Chongqing Taxi Cabs 重庆的出租汽车

A bit like New York, the streets of Chongqing are ploughed daily by armies of yellow taxis, but augmented further by a charmingly chaotic array of behaviours and sights to behold. I'm going to be as fair as possible on the taxis and drivers here. The vehicles often cruise or tear through the city 24 … Continue reading The Yellow Chongqing Taxi Cabs 重庆的出租汽车

The Chongqing transport card 重庆宜居畅通卡

The name 重庆宜居畅通卡 (Chong qing yi ju chang tong ka) literally means something like 'fit for living free flowing card,' where you can in theory travel to your destination on public transport without of the hassle of traffic jams and disruptions. While it is possible to pay in cash on buses by simply dropping coins … Continue reading The Chongqing transport card 重庆宜居畅通卡

Road Trip Series – Xishuangbanna

Thursday, 31st January. It's time for the Spring Festival folks! 春节来啦! Chinese New Year falls on February 5th, so we're packing our gear and getting ready to leave the cold and grey climes behind and enjoy some warmth and sunshine, for a few days at least. The plan is to set off from Chongqing, and … Continue reading Road Trip Series – Xishuangbanna