Renowned as the Mountain City, Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Its landform is uneven and the buildings there distribute in an intriguing way. In Chongqing, there are many karst caves, hot springs and gorges. Picturesque landscapes are so enchanting as to make tourists forget to return.
Ci Qi Kou
Fourteen kilometers to the west of Chongqing Municipality lies the ancient village of Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village) situated on the bank of the Jialing River. It was recognized as a protected cultural site by the State Council in 1998. There are many shops lining the twelve flag stoned paved lanes that form the main routes. Tourists will find many outlets for craftwork, groceries, teashops and the like as well as a horologist, photography supplies, drugstore and a tempting supply of roasted nuts and seeds. This city attracts visitors from home and abroad.
Dazu Rock Carvings
Carved during the ninth century, the rock carvings are un-missable works of art of the Gold Buddhist Mountain, itself reputed as a rich repository of diverse animal and plant species. Work on the Dazu Rock Carvings began in the first year of Yonghui in the Tang Dynasty (650A.D.), and continued until the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now, it is as popular as the Yungang and Longmen Grottoes.
General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
General Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946) was chief commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. In 1942, ranked as a major general, he was dispatched to CBI and was regarded as the best field commander in the entire United States Army. General Stilwell was a true friend of the Chinese people as well as a Chinese linguist.
Yangtze River Cruise
Yangtze River Cruise will be the highlight of your Chongqing tour. Upon arrival at the Chaotianmen Port, you can see many ships on the river. Some of them are used for cargo transportation; some are intended for the river cruise passengers. The cruise ships provide three to eight days’ voyage. During the trip, you can see the famous Three Gorges, Fengdu Ghost City, and Shennong Stream and so on.
Chongqing Zoo at the west suburb of the city presents visitors many animals in the Tiger Hill, Bear Hill, Orangutan House, Deer Park, Kangaroo Park, Elephant House, Panda House, Goldfish House and Birds Paradise.
People's Assembly Hall, built in the architectural style of Ming and Qing Dynasties, was used to accommodate important guests from home and abroad. Now standing prominently in Renmin Road, it provides brilliant night scenery for visitors to take photos.
China Three Gorges Museum, which was founded in 1951 on the summit of Pipa Mountain, is the best place to find out about local history and culture. Covering an area of 5,500 square meters (1.36 acres), the museum has over 40 exhibiting halls with about 100,000 pieces of relics, which spans 3000 years from the ancient Kingdom of Ba and the near-mythical Three Kingdoms Period to World War Two and the Chinese Revolution.
Northern Hot Springs Park is situated at the foot of Jinyun Mountain, fifty kilometers northeast of the city. Here, you can enjoy a beautiful scenic area comprising temples, hills, water, woods, springs, gorges, caves and much else besides.
Southern Hot Spring Park is located twenty-six kilometers to the south of the city. It has about 110 bathrooms and three swimming pools - outdoor and indoor swimming pools with one for children. The spring water is used as a treatment for a number of diseases including Dermatitis, Rheumatism, Arthritis and Muscular Pain.
Wulong Karst, located on the lower reaches of the Wujiang River, is a cluster of several karst landscapes, including natural bridges, gorges, caves, eroded dolines, shafts and underground streams. It mainly consists of Lotus Cave, Three Natural Bridges, and Houping Giant Doline.
Further reading: Attractions along Yangtze River