Chongqing Attractions

Chongqing owns a large number of fabulous tourist attractions well suitable for a leisurely vacation. Renowned as the Mountain City, its landform is uneven and the buildings there distribute in an intriguing way, thus Chongqing is also known as a 3D Magic City of China. You can hardly find a place anywhere like Chongqing where you can see light rail traverses through a high rise. Sounds amazing? Well, it is time to set out for Chongqing to explore this magic city.

The most popular tourist attraction is undoubtedly the Hongya Cave, where you can appreciate the unique stilted houses along the riverside. The Jiefangbei CBD in the city center is where you can feel the stylish side of Chongqing. To know more about local people and food, Ci Qi Kou Ancient Town is recommended.

Of course, there are also terrific tourist attractions dotted in the environs of Chongqing. Dazu Rock Carvings located about 167 kilometers (104 miles) from Chongqing boasts numerous colorful Buddhist carvings which can rival the famous Mogao Caves. If travelling to Wulong, you will be marveled at the natural karst landscape taking the shape of huge bridges and giant caves.

Chongqing’s charm also lies in its cuisine culture. People there like eating hot and spicy food and are good at cooking. Chongqing noodles and hot pot are worth a try.

When travelling to Chongqing, it is nice to take the Two Rivers Night Cruise to enjoy the fascinating night piece of the city. Besides, you can start the Yangtze River Cruise from the Chaotianmen Dock in Chongqing to travel along the Three Gorges and finally reach Yichang in Hubei Province.

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Recommended Routes to Visit Chongqing Attractions

Classic 1 Day Plan: Tour around the Top Tourist Attractions in Chongqing
Ciqikou Ancient Town (2 hours) → Yangtze River Cableway (15 minutes) → Jiefangbei CBD (2 hours) → Bayi Food Street (1 hour) → Hongya Cave (1.5 hours) → Chaotianmen Night Cruise (45 minutes)

In the morning, you can head for the Ciqikou Ancient Town first, when there are less tourists. It is a nice place to learn about the culture of Chongqing and form an overall impression of this city. Taking the Yangtze River Cableway is also a popular way to have fun in Chongqing. You will have a bird’s eye view of the city while flying over the Yangyze River. In the afternoon, you can take a stroll around Jiefangbei CBD and enjoy some snacks on the nearby Bayi Food Street. When the night falls on, go to the Hongya Cave to appreciate the stunning night scene. Last, enjoy the Chaotianmen Night cruise to finish your one day trip.
3-4 Days Plan: Attractions in Chongqing & its Environs
Day 1: Ciqikou Ancient Town (2 hours) → Yangtze River Cableway (15 minutes) → Jiefangbei CBD (2 hours) → Bayi Food Street (1 hour) → Hongya Cave (1.5 hours) → Chaotianmen Night Cruise (45 minutes)
Day 2: Wulong Karst National Geology Park (one day)
Day 3: Dazu Rock Carvings (one day)

After one day tour in Chongqing, you can extend your trip to its environs. It is advised to spare one or two days for Wulong Karst National Geology Park, where you will see the Fairy Mountain, Furong Cave, and Three Natural Bridges, etc. If you stay overnight in Wulong, do not miss the awesome performance “Impression Wulong”. You will never regret! As there is no direct bus from Wulong to Dazu, in case you want to visit Dazu Rock Carvings, you need to return to Chongqing first and then take a bus to Dazu.
4 Days Plan: Chongqing City Tour & Yangtze River Cruise
Day 1: Ciqikou Ancient Town (2 hours) → Yangtze River Cableway (15 minutes) → Jiefangbei CBD (2 hours) → Bayi Food Street (1 hour) → Hongya Cave (1.5 hours) → Chaotianmen Dock
Day 2 – Day 4: Yangtze River Cruise

Taking this route, you will have a quick tour in Chongqing and then relax on the Yangtze River Cruise, which sails by the famous Three Gorges of China and finally arrives in Yichang.
- Last updated on Sep. 08, 2023 by Catherine He -
Questions & Answers on Chongqing Attractions
Asked by Khim from SWITZERLAND | Jan. 04, 2020 23:20Reply
Where to take the train from Chongqing to Zhuo Shui Ancient town? how much is that?
Or what is the best and cheap way to go to Zhuo Shui?
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Answered by Gina from CANADA | Jan. 06, 2020 01:43

Take bus from Xiushan Bus Station to Qianshan Bus Station, then take tourist bus to the ancient town.
Asked by Vivian from MALAYSIA | Oct. 25, 2019 10:58Reply
How much is Chongqing night river cruise ticket ?
Which wharf does the night river cruise start ? Where can I buy those night cruise tickets ? Address of the ticket counter for the cruise ?
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Answered by Sally from USA | Oct. 29, 2019 17:56

You can take bus No.503/871/349 to Chaotianmen station, and take cruise from Chaotianmen wharf. You can buy the ticket on the spot and I'm pretty sure the ticket counter is easy to find. The price varies differently so you can choose one according to your need.
Asked by Rick Darling from AUSTRIA | Oct. 20, 2019 02:34Reply
What is the cheapest way to get to Yikeshu Viewing Platform from Jiefangbei downtown street?
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Answered by Ben from CANADA | Oct. 22, 2019 19:00

You can take rail transit line 6 from Xiaoshizi station to Shangxin street station (Exit 1) with CNY2, then take taxi to your destination with around CNY5.
Asked by Rick Darling from AUSTRIA | Oct. 09, 2019 03:16Reply
Please let me know how to get to Chongqing foreign street ?
What is the name of the closet metro station ? or the cheapest way to get there ?
I have been informed that the street is closed for renovation. Will it be open in the first week of November 2019?

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Answered by Collins from CANADA | Oct. 09, 2019 23:49

Sorry, I didn't find foreign street on map. Would you mind provide the detailed information?
Answered by Rick from AUSTRIA | Oct. 10, 2019 03:23

Perhaps, it is also called Mexing foreign street and one of the attractions there is an upside down building.
Answered by Jill from USA | Oct. 10, 2019 20:49

From March this year, Foreign Street had been demolished gradually and moved to Meixin Hongjiu Town. You can take bus No.116 to it.
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