The China-US Association

Funnily enough, senior figures of the China-US Association of Chongqing have been Wechat contacts for a number of years. In the non too distant past, they even hosted a masked ball in my apartment complex reception venue. Yet, despite us having brushed shoulders on occaisions so long, Saturday evening will be the day I finally … Continue reading The China-US Association

Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

Luan-pi-chai 乱劈柴 means something along the lines of 'Hap-hazardly chop firewood,' and is a simple but insanely fun drinking game that locals in Chongqing love to play over social gatherings, especially hotpot. First let me explain some background of the name luan-pi-chai. Later, I'll explain its connection to the social game in this post. Chopping … Continue reading Interaction – Playing ‘Luanpichai’

Chongqing Crocodile Breeding Center

Heading northwards on the airport road Jichang Lu机场路, the sculpture of a golden crocodile lies majestically upon a high pedestal, with glittering rows of teeth protruding high into the eyeshot of passing motor vehicles. Since we passed the Crocodile Centre鳄鱼中心 on the way home from the Miao Stockade Village, we decided to take more advantage … Continue reading Chongqing Crocodile Breeding Center

My National Day Week

Tomorrow sees the 70th anniversary of the PRC, and a full seven days' worth of national holiday to savour. Ceremonial events take place in the days leading up to October 1st and last through the following week, but most naturally concentrate on the eve of the holiday, leaving people to then focus on enjoying themselves. … Continue reading My National Day Week

Cruising the Jialing River

Mention river cruises in Chongqing and most will tell you either of these two, the Three Gorges cruise ships that leave from Chaotianmen Docks, or the boats that sail passengers up and down both rivers for two hours each night from the same place. In this post today, I want to introduce a third option … Continue reading Cruising the Jialing River

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 Square

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 Square

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