A Tale of Two Prisons

Tucked away deep into a wild and densely forrested slope of Gele Mountain, lies a pair of revolutionary era prisons called Baigong Guan白公馆 and Zhazidong渣滓洞. Geles Mountain, or Geleshan 歌乐山 forms one section of the insanely long Dabashan Ridge that stretches 500 miles over three provinces, so as you could imagine, the two prisons that … Continue reading A Tale of Two Prisons

Chongqing Garden Expo Park

Staying on the theme of exhibitions, another grand scale project in the LiangJiang New North Zone is the Garden Expo. While the International Conference and Exhibition Centre is a gigantic indoor arena that can host events of all magnitudes, the Garden Expo is a vast park where you can look for the many individual garden … Continue reading Chongqing Garden Expo Park

Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Almost two weeks ago on my drive home, a new but feebly inconspicuous road sign finally caught my attention. The right lane new painted in dark yellow was reserved for Smart Expo traffic, with all other road users presumably expected to keep it clear. By the time I searched online to learn more about the … Continue reading Yuelai International Exhibition Centre

Chaotianmen and Raffles

Chaotianmen is the famous passenger and commercial port where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers converge, right at the tip of the Yuzhong peninsula. The three character name in Chinese (朝天门) means 'Facing - heaven - gate,' and originates an imperial edict from the Song Dynasty capital of Lin'an, modern day Hangzhou, with instructions to sail … Continue reading Chaotianmen and Raffles

Three Gorges Square

Three Gorges Square三峡广场 is the pedestrianised commercial centre of Shapingba District沙坪坝区, and is a place I retain much affinity with due to the fact I lived here during my first three and half years in China. A four stay in South Korea sandwiched our return, but instead of Shapingba, we chose the newer and better … Continue reading Three Gorges Square

Fog City Night Tales

For many years, Chongqing Television has run a program with several episodes a week called 'Fog City Night Tales,' or Wuduyehua雾都夜话. Chinese people nationwide know Chongqing as both 'Mountain City' and 'Fog City.' Indeed, the low elevation of Sichuan, locked in on all sides by mountain ranges, plus the humidity from its extensive waterways, often … Continue reading Fog City Night Tales

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

Mandarin Tips – Crazy English Reader

One day around 2004, well before the advent of smart phones and internet speeds exceeding snail pace, Shapingba District, my first vaunt in Chongqing, abounded with shopfronts, kiosks, and makeshift stalls offering pulications to all mainstream tastes. Keen to find better resources for learning Chinese, the eye-catching glossy cover of Crazy English Reader疯狂英语阅读版 caught my … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Crazy English Reader

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

Twin cities – Leicester

Most are at least familiar with the idea of twin cities, if not actually conscient of its inner workings and substance, as was the case myself. Chongqing is the central focus of my blog, but I would like to explore the city's international reach by introducing each of its sister cities, one by one over … Continue reading Twin cities – Leicester

Yangshuo Adventure

The famous Chinese saying goes 'Guilin shanshui jia tianxia 桂林山水甲天下,' the scenery of Guilin is unmatched beneath the heavens. Perhaps, that is, except for Yangshuo, an hour's drive further south. Tomorrow, we shall embark on a 5 hour bullet train journey direct to Yangshuo, Guangxi Province, a distance of around 780 kilometres. There, we will … Continue reading Yangshuo Adventure

War of Resistance Museum

Blink as you turn the bend, and you'd be forgiven for missing the entire complex! Around halfway between the Golden Eagle and Caribbean Bay (Japanese bath house), a matter of just a few kilometres, you can visit the site of a former Kuomintang (国民党Guo-min-dang) political headquarters in the days when Chongqing was the wartime capital … Continue reading War of Resistance Museum

The Golden Eagle

From any unobscured point in the city, especially on a clear sunny day, it's possible to spot the golden eagle perched upon one of the countless peaks of Nanshan, 'South Mountain.' While tourists might imagine it could be there as a symbol of power and prosperity, it's purpose is really to serve as a viewing … Continue reading The Golden Eagle