Chongqing's vibrant night life is no different from that of China's other thriving metropolises, boasting bars, movie theatres and dance clubs which bring the city alive in the evening hours. Tired of the usual tourist activities? Try one of the recommendations given below to get a taste of Chongqing's nighttime offerings.
Whether for dinner or for a late-night snack, hot pot is a must if you want to experience some local flavors. A booming business all-year-round, hot pot is a thriving local tradition in Chongqing. Come nightfall, hot pot restaurants and numerous sidewalk stands open for business. Adorned with strand after strand of colorful lights, hot pot businesses come in all different shapes and sizes. You will find that some are small, intimate shops, while others consist of only a few tables with umbrella covering for an alfresco dining experience. You can find these hot pot spots easily on many lanes and streets. On average, a hot pot dinner cost around CNY50 per person. The local Little Swan (Xiao Tian E) Hot Pot and Morals Village (De Zhuang) Hot Pot are highly recommended.
Once dinner is finished, enjoy a leisurely walk around the streets of Chongqing, a city famous for its nighttime scenery. For a superior view, make your way up to the top of South Mountain, where you will find a well-known sightseeing spot called "Yi Ke Shu", or in English, "A Tree". At this very spot, you will experience a splendid panoramic view of the entire city, including a view of its two bordering rivers in the waters of which the brilliant city lights are reflected. Take the No.384 bus from Jiefangbei commercial center and get off at Nanshan Station. There is an entrance fee of CNY10 per person.
After viewing the shimmering waters of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers from South Mountain, you may also want to take a night tour aboard a cruise ship to view the city's night views. Fares for a 2-hour cruise tour range from CNY30 to CNY80 per person. Tours run from 7 to 10 o'clock in the evening and depart from the Chao Tian Men Dock.
Or, if you're looking for some entertainment from the silver screen, Chongqing Studio City Cinema has what you're looking for. The largest and most luxurious cineplex in the area, it is located on the sixth floor of the Metropolis Plaza in the Yuzhong District. Most films are dubbed in Chinese, although Hollywood films and Chinese blockbusters with English subtitles are shown occasionally. Since its grand opening in 1998, Studio City Cinema has been regarded by locals as the top entertainment centre in Chongqing.
When you want to sit down and relax, venture to Nan Bin Road, where you will find many bars, pubs, cafe and teahouses, each offering a unique style and flavor. Stretching along the Yangtze River, this street has become a hub for nighttime leisure in Chongqing. You will have no problem finding Nan Bin Road, just look for the dazzling neon lights. The following is some of the shops for your reference:
Feature: the get-together place for the white collar
Recommended Alcohol: various kinds of red wine
Average cost per person: CNY180-200
Feature: the most popular bar to make friends; calling the waiter by waving the candle on the table
Average cost per person: CNY70-100
Address: No.88 Jiao Chang Kou Road, Yuzhong District
Kuai Che Dao (fast lane) Bar
Feature: making friends through the telephone which is put on each table on the main hall
Recommended alcohol: Corona Beer
Average cost per person: around CNY50
Address: No C-9 Nan Bin Road, Nan'an District
Recommended coffee: Latte, Macchiato, Cappuccino, Frappuccino
Average cost per person: CNY35-50
Address: No.166 Minzu Road, Yuzhong District
U.B.C. Coffee (Diwang Square Branch)
Recommended food: Pasta, Spaghetti, Beef and Tomato Rice
Average cost per person: CNY40-60
Address: on the first floor of Diwang Square, No.166 Minzu Road, Yizhong District
C. straits Café (Jiefangbei Branch)
Recommended drinks: coffee, flower-fruit tea
Average cost per person: CNY40-50
Address: on the third floor of New York Mansion, No.169 Minzu Road, Yuzhong District
Average cost per person: CNY20-30
Recommended Drink & food: Longan Milk Tea, Pineapple Shave Ice, Honey black tea, Mung Bean Milk Tea, Green Tea with Mint, Barbecued Pork Rice
Address: on the 5th floor of Hong Kong City, Beichengtian Street, Jiangbei District (at the opposite of Maoye Department Store)
Be For Time Tea House ( Shapingba Branch)
Average cost per person: CNY18 (unlimited drinks)
Recommended drinks: Icy Latte, Salt Lemon Soda, Lavender Milk Tea, Sundae Iced Coffee
Address: No.54 Tianchen Road, Shapingba District