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Chongqing City Gates: Ancient Tongyuanmen and Dongshuimen

For hundreds of years, Chongqing stood as an important wharf and outpost in the west of Chinese territory. Straddling the intersection of the Jialing River into the important eastward Yangtze River, it was a valuable strategic location. Evidence of defensive… Continue Reading →

The Pagodas of Chongqing (VIDEO)

  An Intro to Pagodas 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… Continue Reading →

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 →

Shizuishan: The Hill of Chinese Stones

One of the odder attractions advertised in Shizuishan was the “Hill of Chinese Stones”, and no, I did not make that name myself. It is a self-proclaimed popular tourist attraction boasting thousands of stone images, carvings, and even a mysterious… 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 →

Elevator Etiquette in China

While there are certainly plenty of things I love about China, more and more, the elevator etiquette that I deal with daily in my office building gets to me. I work in a 46-storey building, and the 2 sets of… Continue Reading →

Muang Sing: A Foggy Dawn in the Morning Market

If there is one spot all the guides of Muang Sing say is a “must see”, it’s the town’s Morning Market.  To be perfectly honest, at that time, markets never interested me all that much.  However, they have since grown… Continue Reading →

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