today in Chongqing: I rode as one of 8 adults and 2 children packed into a 3-wheel taxi. #adventuresinchina — Sara Marie Watson (@smwat) January 14, 2012
What is Chongqing famous for?
I came across this question on Quora and thought I’d take a stab. Traditionally, Chongqing is famous (or infamous, depending on how you see it) for it’s three hots: Hot Food. Chongqingren like their food spicy. And not just hot, but also numbing. If it it’s not mala (麻辣), it’s not spicy enough. Along with some shared dishes with Sichuanese cuisine, Chongqing is all about...
Someone asked me the other day what I’ve learned so far from living in China. The best I could come up with was not exactly a concrete lesson, but rather a feeling that is most discrete and unique to the experience for me: the feeling of foreignness. I never expected to feel at home in Chongqing, living in a foreign place, in a city that despite it’s historic significance as an inland...
China Photo Albums →
I just added a permanent link in the navigation to my full photo albums from China. Just click PHOTOS above, or you can follow this link right here, too.
An Ear for Mandarin
When you are deep in the middle of studying something, sometimes it’s hard to tell if you are making any progress. Without standardized tests or weekly quizzes, I am left with a very vague general sense of advancement. But I recently realized that aside from lacking scores to benchmark my progress, I’m missing out on the few daily confirmations here in Chongqing to remind me that...
things that made our Chinese Christmas: mugs, skype, eggless rice cooker brownies, and warm fuzzy clothing. — Sara Marie Watson (@smwat) December 26, 2011