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Chongqing

As an embarkation point starting Yangtze River cruises, Chongqing is an important industrial center in the southwest China. It is also famous as a temporary capital of the Republic of China during anti-Japanese war. The city was established as municipality in 1997. As one of most visited cities in China, Chongqing houses many splendid historical, cultural and natural attractions like Dazu Rock Carvings, Ciqikou Ancient Town and natural view along Yangtze River. Besides must-see attractions, Chongqing food, mainly featuring spiciness, is also a must-try. The most famous dish in Chongqing is hot pot. If you are not a spiciness addict, you can taste other types of hotpot without pepper or chilli. For travelers, Chongqing is not merely a destination to kill your time before Three Gorge cruise.

Things To Do

Tasting Hot Pot

Hot pot is the most famous and local specialty in Chongqing. It is noted for its spicy taste and favored by many Chinese. There are various types of hotpot like Yuanyang hotpot (two tastes), four tastes hot, tonic hotpot and fish head hotpot. If you are not spiciness addict, you can taste tonic and fish head hotpot with little pepper or no pepper.

Cruising On Yangtze River

Chongqing is the embarkation point to start the Yangtze River journey. Yangtze River is the cradle of Chinese civilization. For most tourists, Yangtze River tour is a must choice to Chongqing. The highlights of Yangtze Rivers include not only the splendid natural scenery along riverbank but the shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, Shennong Stream and Three Gorge Dam. When the cruise ship threads through the Three Gorges, you will have a magical travel experience.

Strolling Around Ciqikou Ancient Town

Ciqikou is an ancient town in Shapingba District, Chongqing. Built in Song Dynasty and covering an area of 1.5 square kilometers, the town was also known as “Little Chongqing”. The name of the town can be dated back to porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqi (Chinese pinyin) means porcelain. The town abounds in ancient customs and many of them last till now. For example, family’s ancestral temples can be found here. Strolling around Ciqihou, you are easy to lost in its narrow lane and peeking into the ancient houses and storefronts. There is also plenty to eat here.

Watching Night Scene in Chongqing

The buildings in the city were constructed on the slopes of mountains at different heights. The city is partially surrounded by Yangtze River and Jialing River. This landform creates the unique cityscape. The night scene in Chongqing is very illuminated with millions of colorful lights and reflections in the rivers. The nigh scene in Chongqing is much more attractive than that in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The best places to enjoy the Chongqing night scene are Yi Ke Shu Night Scene Platform on Nanshan Hill, Kansheng Pavillion in Eling Park.

Best Time to Visit

The best time to visit Chongqing is from March to November. The following give you the detail information about weather of Chongqing in four seasons.

Spring is a recommended season to visit Chongqing, but the early spring is still cold and foggy. In late spring, it often rains at night. Spring is also the time when orange blossoms bloom. It is suitable time to visit Chongqing in late spring

Chongqing is well knowns as one of the “Three Furnaces” along with Wuhan and Nanjing, Chongqing. The summer here are long and it is the most hottest and most humid in China. Summer is not a good time to visit Chongqing unless you can bear the hot weather. But the weather in the late weather begins to turn cool.

It is cool and foggy in autumn and alway rains at night. Chongqing spends its most day of autumn in the fog.
It is warm with temperature around 6℃ and nearly does not snow. Visitors can can visit Chongqing in winter.

Chongqing Attractions

As a beautiful must-visit city in China, attractions in Chongqing are numerous, from majestic Three Gorges, ancient Ciqikou Old Town,overwhelming Dazu Grottoes, featured Stillwell Museum, impressive Shibaozhai Pagoda, time-honored White Emperor City, thrilling Fengdu Ghost City. Chongqing Attractions page offers the must-see Chongqing sightseeing along Chongqing travel. No Chongqing travel is complete without discovering the must-see Chongqing tourist attractions listed below. Click for detail about these Chongqing attractions.

Chongqing Zoo
Ciqikou Old Town
Dazu Rock Carvings
Fengdu Ghost City
Goose Neck Park
People's Liberation Monument

Chongqing Tours

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17 Days Scenic China with Jiuzhaigou & Zhangjiajie Avatar Tour (INCH1701)

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Spend 16 Amazing Days in China, traveling up the Yangtze River & visiting the magnificent city of Hong Kong. Click More info to find out more about this tour.
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Yangtze River Upstream Cruise (YRC0501)

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5 Day 4 Nights
Spend 5 days travelling up the Yangtze River. Exploring Three Gorges, Shenong Stream and Ghost City.
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Yangtze River Downstream Cruise (YRC0401)

From$495$455
4 Day 3 Nights
Visiting the longest River in Asia, Sightseeing from Chongqing to Yichang, Ghost City, Shennong Stream, Dam and more.

Chongqing Culture

Nestled on the steep hill overlooking the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, Chongqing spend its most day covered in fog so that it is dubbed as “fog city”. Chongqing area shelters 55 nationalities of China and Han nationality accounts for the largest population. In ancient times, Chongqing was the capitals of Ba State (a small kingdom is the southwest before Qing Dynasty) and Daxia Dynasty (founded in the late Yuan Dynasty). During anti-Japanese war, Chongqing was set up as the temporary capital. Due to its long history, many cultural relics and intangible heritages were left behind.

Culture

Nestled on the steep hill overlooking the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River, Chongqing spend its most day covered in fog so that it is dubbed as “fog city”. Chongqing area shelters 55 nationalities of China and Han nationality accounts for the largest population. In ancient times, Chongqing was the capitals of Ba State (a small kingdom is the southwest before Qing Dynasty) and Daxia Dynasty (founded in the late Yuan Dynasty). During anti-Japanese war, Chongqing was set up as the temporary capital. Due to its long history, many cultural relics and intangible heritages were left behind.

Bayu Culture

Bayu culture is one of most distinctive cultures in the regions of middle and upper Yangtze River reaches. Evolved from Ba culture, it was formed in the development of Ba ethnic group and Ba State. The Ba ethnic group lived in the area enclosed by the mountains and rivers from generation to generation. Due to the tough and dangerous living condition, Ba people gradually formed the character of hardiness, toughness and braveness.

Yangtze River Boatmen Song

Yangtze River Boatmen Song or Haozi of Yangtze River Boatmen is considered as a “living fossil of Yangtze culture”. As for the reason of existance of Yangtze River Song, the historical background must be mentioned. In the Spring and Autumn Period, the area of Ba Kingdom was rich in salt which had to be transported by boat. Due to the undeveloped shipbuilding skills in ancient time, the large boat had to be pulled upstream by the efforts of rhythmically swaying teams of laborers on the riverbank. The Haozi had the function of coordinating their word. They used to get naked during working due to the heat and to keep their clothes dry. Now they wear shorts and woven rope sandals. For make a living, the trackers along Yangtze River had to do this job day after day.

Traditional Construction

The special topography also affects the construction in Chongqing. Chongqing features the traditional stilted houses (Diaojiaolou) which are supported by wood columns. The history of Diaojiaolou can be traced back to Han Dynasty (202BC – 220AD). The characteristics of the construction are to ventilate and prevent snakes and wild animals.

Traditional Art

The traditional art in Chongqing can be best represented by Dazu Rock Carvings. Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of carvings and sculptures. Dating back as far as 7th AD Century, Dazu Rock Carvings depict the images of Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist. The number of the carvings and sculptures reaches over 100 thousand. It were listed as a World Heritage Site in 1999.

Chongqing Food

Chongqing Cuisine is a sub branch of Sichuan Cuisine which are one of eight traditional Chinese cuisines including Chuan, Hui, Lu, Min, Su, Yue, Xiang, Zhe cuisines. The restaurants and food stalls scatter across Chongqing’s city center. As mentioned Chongqing, the first thing appearing in the mind is its delicacies. The following give you the information about famous cuisines and snacks and restaurants and eat street in Chongqing.

Food

Chongqing Cuisine is a sub branch of Sichuan Cuisine which are one of eight traditional Chinese cuisines including Chuan, Hui, Lu, Min, Su, Yue, Xiang, Zhe cuisines. The restaurants and food stalls scatter across Chongqing’s city center. As mentioned Chongqing, the first thing appearing in the mind is its delicacies. The following give you the information about famous cuisines and snacks and restaurants and eat street in Chongqing.

What to Eat in Chongqing

Hot Pot

Hot pot is local culinary specialty in Chongqing. When eating, the food like beef pork, mutton and other vegetable ordered by customers is boiled in a spicy broth. For catering to the different tastes of customers, hotpot with different flavors like spiciness, sourness and light spiciness can be available. If you cannot bear the spiciness, you can try other taste. The most famous and representative hot pot are cattle-gut, yuanyang and time-honored “Qiaotou” hotpots. Cattle-gut hot pot are characterized by pungency, dense soup and heavy flavor. As for yuangyang hot pot, the pot is separated into two parts in the middle. One side contains spicy soup and the other bree soup.

Dandan Noodles

The authentic Dandan noodles can also be eaten in Chongqing. The dish is made up of preserved vegetables, chili oil, minced pork and chopped scallions. In the past, the noodles were sold by walking street vendors who carried a shoulder pole (dan dan) with two baskets containing noodles and sauces at the either end. So the noodle got its name, Dandan Noodles.

Jiangtuan Fish

Located along Jialing River, Chongqing abounds in varieties of aquatic product. Among them, Jiangtuan Fish is a must-try for tourists. The fish is usually served steamed or baked.

Cross-the-bridge Wonton (pinyin: guo qiao hun tun)

It is famous for its unique eating way. When eating, wonton should be picked out and placed in the sauce. The wonton is characterized by tender and refreshing. You can choose different flavor according to you preference.

Steamed Chicken with Chili Sauce (pinyin: kou shui ji)

Steamed Chicken with chili sauce is the famous cold dish in Chongqing. The flavor of the dish is spicy, tasty and refreshing. The chickens for dish must be homebred rooster. The tasty flavor lies in the selected ingredients.

Where to Eat in Chongqing

Food Streets

Nanbin Road Food Street

Located along Yangtze River, it is a very popular food street in Chongqing. Besides the local cuisines and snacks such as hot pot in Chongqing, other cuisines throughout China gather here. There are many teahouses and bars here. The view here is very unmatched.
Address: Nanbin Road, Nanan District How to get to: Take bus No. 872, 873, 347 to Haitang Xiaoyue Stop.

Ciqikou Ancient Town

The reason that the town attracts tourist not only lies in the long history and its quaint houses but also the authentic local snacks and cuisine. The restaurants with different size and about 60 teahouse scatter across the town. The most famous dish in the town is Maoxuewang which is a dish of boiled blood curd, spices and others with spicy sauce. It is said that the journey to Ciqikou is incomplete without tasting Maoxuewang.
How to get to: Take bus No.202, 220, 237, 261, 467, 503, 802, 808 to Ciqikou

Three Gorge Square

Comparing with other food street in Chongqing, Three Gorge Square takes larger area and the restaurants are high-grade. The well-known restaurants here include Tao Ran Ju, Qinma, Su Da Jie and De Zhuang, etc.
Address: Three Gorge Square, Sha Ping Ba How to get to: Take Bus No.210, 503, 502 to Chengjiawan Stop.

Western Restaurants

The Harp Irish Pub

Address: 50 Cang Bai Lu | Yuzhong District, Chongqing Cuisine: American

Starbucks (North Celestial Street)

Address: Bei Cheng Tian Jie 8 Hao, Bei Cheng Tian Jie, Gou Wu Guang Chang 1 Lou, Chongqing Telephone: 023-67850330 Cuisine: Café

Vito Fine Dining Italian Restaurant

Address: No1. Outlets Road, Airport Express Way, Chongqing 400011 Telephone: 023-63206868 Cuisine: Italian

Cactus Tex Mex

Address: Hongya Cave, Chongqing Telephone: 023-63828187 Cuisine: Mexican

Pizza Hut (Wangfujing)

Address: MinZuLu 166Hao WangFuJingBaiHuo 1Lou, Chongqing, China Telephone: 023-63703065 Cuisine: Pizza, Fast Food

Chinese Restaurants

Pu Ti Su Vegetarian Life

Address: 1F Jingliguan, Shuijinglicheng, Longhu, Chongqing Telephone: 023-67072966 Cuisine: Chinese Hotpot

Royal Elegance Kitchen (Shapingba)

Address: Dou Shi Hua Yuan, ZhongLu 90 Hao, Tian Xin Hua Yuan Men Kou, Chongqing, China Telephone: 023-65463888,023-66522932 Cuisine: Szechuan

Causeway Bay

Address: Chongqing Tiandi, Chongqing, China Cuisine: Chinese

Axing Kee Restaurant (Shapingba)

Address: Feng Tian Lu, Sheng Wei Xin Shi Kong, Chongqing Telephone: 023-65207776,023-65207778 Cuisine: Chinese

Odd Hot-Pot (Shapingba)

Address: XiaoLongKan XinJie 029Hao HuaYuGuangChang 73Hao, Chongqing, China Telephone: 023-65405577 Cuisine:

Chinese Hot Pot

Brotherhood

Address: Jiang Bei Zui, Wen Hua Jie Dong Lu, Zhong Qing Da Ju Yuan b2 Lou, Chongqing Telephone: 023-61883338,023-61883339 Cuisine: Seafood, Cantonese

East China Sea Restaurant

Address: Gao Xin Yuan Huang Shan, Da Dao Zhong Duan 3 Hao, Shui Xing Zuo, Chongqing Telephone: 023-67300001,023-67300000 Cuisine: Seafood

Qin Ma Hot Pot (Nanping)

Address: Nan Bin Lu, Hai Tang Xiao Yue Xiao Qu 1 Hao Lou, 3Lou, Chongqing Telephone: 023-89023129 Cuisine: Chinese Hot Pot

Chongqing Shopping

Chongqing shopping is not as famous as Hong Kong. But it is a known shopping paradise in the southwest China. Besides international brands, some local products are best choice for tourists. In addition, ChinaTour.com also list you the shopping streets, shopping mall and department, supermarket.

Shopping

Chongqing shopping is not as famous as Hong Kong. But it is a known shopping paradise in the southwest China. Besides international brands, some local products are best choice for tourists. In addition, ChinaTour.com also list you the shopping streets, shopping mall and department, supermarket.

What to Buy in Chongqing

Shu Embroidery

Shu Embroidery or Chuan Embroidery is one of four famous embroidery styles along with Su Embroidery, Xiang Embroidery, Yue Embroidery in China. It is mainly produced in Sichuan and its vicinity. It is also one of famous intangible heritage in China. Shu Embroidery is characterized by smooth needlework, elegant color and easy lines with designs of traditional Chinese paintings. When travel in Chongqing, it should be contained in your shopping list.

Shu Brocade

Shu Brocade is produced in Sichuan Province and famous throughout China. Chongqing is also the place to produce the exquisite Shu Brocade. Originating in the period of Warring States, it is noted for its long history and unique way of weaving. With a variety of designs, this brocade is soft and flamboyant and reflects the flowery of Shu culture.

Three Gorge Ink Stone

Three Gorge Ink Stone is made of a special stone from Libi Gorge sections of Jialing River. The fine-shaped inkstone is engraved with beautiful patterns. It can be easily bought in Beibei County, Chongqing. It is the best shopping item for tourists to Chongqing. If the inkstone you prepare for buying are high-priced, you had better carefully identify the inkstone you pick up.

Where to Buy in Chongqing.

Shopping Streets

Chongqing Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street

Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street, located in the center of Chongqing, is known as the Chongqing’s commercial heart. It is 400 meters from east to west and 350 meters from north to south. It houses over 3,000 stores with two dozen large shopping malls and centers, places of entertainment and many star-graded hotels.

Nanping Pedestrian Street

Nanping Pedestrian Street is located in Nanan District and is separated from Yuzhong District by a river. It is one of the best places to enjoy the night scene. The pedestrian street is made up of five smaller streets from No.1 to No.5. Centering No.1 street and covering and area of 2 square kilometers. Nanping Pedestrian Street houses various kinds of shops which sell food, clothes, accessories, local products. It is regarded as the center of fashion in Chongqing.

Shopping Malls, Departments & Supermarkets

Flower & Bird Market

Address: Chongqing Square, Minzu Road No.18, Yuzhong District

Metro (supermarket)

Address: No.101, Baihe Road, Nanan District Telephone: 023-89028888

Lao Chongqing Huafang

Address: No.13, Huangjueping Yixiang, Cuqukou Open Time: 8:30 – 19:00

Shangxi Department

Address: No.126, Yuzhou Road, Jiulongpo District Telephone: 023-63907399

NOVO Department

Address: No.88, Minsheng Road, Yuzhong District

Yuan Dong Department

Address: No.8, Beicheng Tianjie, Jiangbei District Telephone: 023-89180088

Wal-Mart Supermarket

Address: No.111, Longshan Da Dao, Yubei District Telephone: 023-67792277

Carrefour Supermarket (Mianhua Street)

Address: No.18, Minzu Road, Yuzhong District Telephone: 023-96588999

Carrefour Supermarket (Shapingba)

Address: B2 Lou, Huayu Square, No.029, Xiao Long Kan Xin Jie, Shapingba Telephone: 023-65322733

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