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The Pagodas of Chongqing

  A signature of Asian architecture, the pagoda is a tower structure characterized by tiered levels of equal or slowly-declining width. And while the tradition of the pagoda structure seems to have originated in China, it is actually an extension… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Shibati and the 18 Stairs Gentrification

  In the old days of Chongqing, homes and businesses were built to adapt to the city’s steep and rocky geography. Built of wood and connected by an often intricate network of stairways, these closely-knit neighborhoods of stilt houses have… Continue Reading →

Chongqing Blogs and Information Guide

When I first accepted a job in the southwestern Chinese city of Chongqing in 2014, there were very few resources about it written by people who had lived there. Unlike Bangkok or more famous Chinese cities like Shanghai and Beijing,… Continue Reading →

I Should Have Stayed Home

Chinese public holidays are the worst time to travel in China. Why? Because it’s when everyone travels in China. Bus stations pack, train tickets become unavailable and plane tickets skyrocket. And while this is worst and most prevalent during the… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: A 13-Storey Pedestrian Bridge?

Getting there: Take the CRT subway to Jiaochankou or Xiaoshizi. From Jiaochankou Exit 4:  Cross the road and turn left. continue on the right side of the road until you come to the sign pictured below. Turn Right. From Xiaoshizi… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: 10th Annual Thanksgiving Dinner

Not long ago, less than ten years in fact, many of the local expats were calling Chongqing the Wild West of China.  Development was less than ideal, international residents were scarce and foreign-oriented establishments nearly impossible to find.  While not… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: Hong’en Temple Park

It was another one of what would be many grey mornings in the forthcoming Chongqing winter.  I had barely been in the city 2 weeks and had been too preoccupied to explore as much as I normally would.  On our… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: A Sunny Day in Guanyinqiao

I had read it many times before ever arriving; Chongqing was notorious for its grey skies.  Optimists attribute this to the city’s surrounding mountains trapping the humidity and clouds overhead.  More cynical folks brush it off as constant pollution.  In… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: World’s Longest Escalator?

  Several months ago, I read a vague claim that Chongqing was home to the longest escalator in the world.  An obscure claim to fame to be sure, but quirky enough to look into.  Further research told me it was… Continue Reading →

The Chongqing Days: People’s Great Hall, People’s Spitting Ground

  The act of spitting is commonplace in China. Easily within your first 24 hours anywhere in the country, you’ll hear the noise of someone loudly collecting every drop of available moisture in their mouth and throat before forcibly expelling… Continue Reading →

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