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

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

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

La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

    La Marine Francaise is a former French Navy Barracks dating back to the turn of the 20th century. Having fallen derelict for more than half a century, it has undergone an incredible restoration, where all the fittings, walls, flooring and exterior have been done up beautifully without impacting its original style and charm … Continue reading La Marine Française 法国水师兵营

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 ‘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