Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

So far in my blog, I've already covered two Mandarin language resources that helped me through that tricky beginner's stage, and within a full year of my arrival in Chongqing. Just in case you haven't read them, they are the Mandarin pop VCDs and Crazy English Reader magazine. Another resource that taught me muchaimed at … Continue reading Mandarin Tips – Communicating in Chinese TV Show

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

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

Interaction – Toasts

Love it or hate it, the culture of toasting repeatedly over banquets is an art form that men should pay attentive care. In Chinese, the term for a toast is 敬酒 (Jing jiu), and the way you propose a toast to somebody is by calling their name or title, followed by 我敬你(Wo jing ni). Other … Continue reading Interaction – Toasts

Interaction – Have you eaten?

To date, my posts have mainly focused on travel destinations, but there have been readers asking me to cover the topic of social interaction with locals, as this should leave a sizeable impression on the foreign visitor or resident, even on a par with the sights and culinary experiences. Indeed, this topic provides a deep … Continue reading Interaction – Have you eaten?

‘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

ESL – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

ESL in China is far too expansive to cover in a single post, so I'm creating a series where you can learn the inns and outs of the industry, its pros and cons, its inspirational figures and downright crooks, its incredible experiences and nightmare level plights. The acronym stands for English as a second language, … Continue reading ESL – Background Information 英语教学工业-背景知识

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

Chongqing Sichuanese Opera House 重庆川剧院

For years, tucked away in a corner of Gumufeng Intersection 古木峰立交 is the conspicuous Sichuanese Opera Theatre I have driven past on an almost daily basis. Despite its size and grandeur, there is never any publicity on events, and I don't recall ever noticing many people exploring the grounds outside. Finally, my blog has inspired … Continue reading Chongqing Sichuanese Opera House 重庆川剧院

Chinese Valentine’s day 中国式情人节

Tomorrow is western Valentine's Day. It certainly has caught on to some extent in China, but many might be surprised to learn that the Chinese version of Valentine's is held on another day of the year. In fact, it is held on the same day according to the Chinese lunar calendar, but like the new … Continue reading Chinese Valentine’s day 中国式情人节