Interactions – Going AA

Going AA is the younger Chinese generation's choice expression when going Dutch, ie; sharing equally the cost of meal, an unspecified number of alcoholic beverages, a karaoke suite, the list goes on! Overall, the culture of hosting and covering the expense personally is still very popular. Outward impressions of generosity aside, people like to develop … Continue reading Interactions – Going AA

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

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

Public Line Dancing

As daylight fades, small armies of middle aged and elderly ladies emerge from their apartment blocks to congregate in their communal square, a public space, or even in corners of an underground parking garages when met with inclement weather. A stereo cassette player, a bluetooth connected boombox, or even portable screening equipment is set up … Continue reading Public Line Dancing

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 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

Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

On this day, we received an invite to attend a qipao and Chinese tea social event, held at a friend's exquisitely designed tailor showroom named Chunyi Qimei纯懿七美, based on the 18th floor of a commercial high rise just opposite Paradise Walk. The most common name for this traditional Chinese woman's dress is 'Qipao旗袍,' but another … Continue reading Tailor Made Qipao Dresses

Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长

Foreword 前言 No blog on Chongqing would be complete without coverage of the city's most famous export, hotpot. Originating from the steps of Chaotianmen Docks in days long bygone, where manual laborers armed with bamboo poles would jostle furiously to load and carry off goods, wares and perishables up the steep peninsula. As Sichuan is … Continue reading Hotpot – The Army Captain 大队长