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Chongqing is situated in the upper reaches of China's longest river, the Yangtze, at its confluence with the Jialing River. Most of its roads meander around water or against mountains and old houses interspersed among the skyscraper jungle. The major tourist attractions gather in Yuzhong, Shapinba and Nan'an Districts. At night, the skyline is absolutely stunning with the sparking lights from tens of thousands of households mingled with the reflections from the water. The climate is mild with warm winters, hot summer days and rainy nights.
A few of the city's major scenic spots include the Jiefangbei and Chaotian Gate Plaza, the Three Gorges Museum, Ciqikou ancient town, Zhazi Cave and Bai's Residence. All these spots are cultural legacies depicting profound history. The highlight of the touring section of the Three Gorges is also located in Chongqing.
Pepper and bean paste are two of the key ingredients in Chongqing cuisine. There are different levels of spiciness, but the one that the locals go for is mind-blowingly hot and very appetizing. The concept of a hotpot is that each dinner group sits together at a table and cook vegetables and meat in the spicy hot pot of soup that keeps simmering. This communal dining experience can be found in many places outside Chongqing as well, but the best is in its hometown. Restaurants are usually open until 10:00 PM.
Most of Chongqing's cafes are located in bustling areas such like Jiefangbei and serve both Chinese and western style foods in graceful environments, appealing to the young, especially for casual appointments. They generally open at 9:00 AM and many keep going till 1:00 AM, perfect for a nightcap.
There are hundreds of bars in Chongqing, making the city's nighttime most vibrant! Feel it in any bar after 9:00 AM, when the night life here has just begun. Places of entertainment in Chongqing are centered around the People's Liberation Memorial and open from 8:00 PM - 2:00 AM.
Hot pot flavors, beef jerky, peach slices, fine quality teas, Ciqikou Mahua sweets and Baishi Yi Salted Duck are all special local products. Food stuffs tend to be the preferred souvenirs for visitors to this city and they are easily available at most supermarkets. But for those who are looking for something that is less perishable, there are also plenty of malls. For those looking for more traditional souvenirs, folk culture and traditional Chinese art are abundant in Chongqing. Local handicrafts like bamboo articles, brocade of the Tujia minority and ink slabs from the Three Gorges or folding paper fans can be purchased in the whole city.
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