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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 truth, it’s likely something between the two.

Over 2 weeks after I had come to Chongqing, I still hadn’t seen the Sun since Shanghai.  So, on the first of few rare days when the sun Sun did pop out, I decided to go exploring through a different area of my neighborhood that I hadn’t been taking to work.

And while I didn’t seem to happen upon any mind-blowing wonders, the difference in atmosphere a few blocks can make was quite apparent.  The trek also brought me through the completely artificial Jialing Park.  It was a handy time to have my camera along.

Benjamin Williams

Hi all, my name is Ben. I’m a native Michigander with a passion for human culture and new places, and more than that, new experiences. I have degrees in archaeology and writing, pursuing a career in the latter. However, I never quite lost that fascination for archaeological theory. For the past 11 years, I’ve been living and travelling between Asia, Europe, and North America, documenting ancient sites and the peoples who built them, and then adapting them into practical archaeological travel information at

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