The night view of this mountain city is picturesque, extraordinary and unique because of its special geographic features. When night descends, the lights from tens of thousands of households sparkle and twitter like the stars. There are three prime spots to get immersed at night including the One-tree Outlook Platform, Huge Golden Eagle spot on the south mountain of Nanan District and the Kanshan Tower in Erling Park. A boat tour can be arranged at Chaotian Gate.
Three Gorges start at Baidi City incorporating the Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge. The incredible landscape here has been depicted by many poems which evoke just a fraction of its beauty. You can embrace all its picturesqueness from two most famous scenic spots, Fengdu Ghost City and Sibao Zhai.
Being the People’s Liberation Memorial Stele, this city landmark is called Jiefangbei. It is the only memorial in China for the victory of the Second Sino-Japanese War. Located at the intersection of Minquan Road, Minzu Road and Zourong Road, it is also called 'the first street' of East China.
All the cultural relics excavated from the Three Gorges area and other historical collections of the original city museum are housed here. With high-tech facilities, the museum vividly displays the geologic features, species, changes in local culture and customs, and the models of the massive Three Gorges Dam Project.
You can experience and embrace the local culture and customs in the Eighteen Ladders. The houses scattered on both sides of the street are depicting Chongqing’s history, from the ancient Kunbang House, houses made of bamboo from the 1950s or 1960s to tile houses in the Soviet style made in the 1960s or 1970s.
The stars of the Chongqing Zoo are definitely the Giant Pandas. This zoo does not only serve as an important base for protection and research of wild animals like Tibetan bears, tigers, hippos, monkeys and birds, but also provide a beautiful and comfortable setting for you to experience the wildlife.
Against the backdrop of Jialing River, Hongya Cave lies with a cluster full of restaurants, temples and cafes offering local snacks and craft stalls with arts. During the night, the lights on the buildings with ancient facade from dynastic eras are spectacular and bring you to a fairy tale.
The Fengdu Ghost City temple complex symbolizes the Chinese vision of the afterlife to pay respect to ancestors. You can also have a glance of Buddhist, Taoist and Confuciust from the statues, carvings and religious symbols in more than 27 temples here. Would love to enjoy the breathtaking views of mountains as well? You can climb 400 steps up to the top but it is well worth.
For those looking for an escape from the hustle and bustle of the city, Jinyun Mountain Natural Reserve is a great spot to enjoy nature in the backyard of this busy city through unwinding by the beautiful waterfalls and seeing wildlife animals like baby monkeys.
The ancient town Ciqikou, which has 1700-year-old history, is well known for its ancient Sichuan styled buildings with surrounding mountains. The houses called Diaojiao Lou, which are made of wood and bamboo, are depicters of North Han Dynasty's history. Local customs and culinary legacies are also well-preserved like Qianzhang, Mahua Fish and Maoxue Wang.
With a golden Buddha statue, this temple has its own magic and great vibes. Wandering the temple and monastery and exploring the maze of buildings and prayer rooms are both spiritual experiences. Looking for a refreshing walk as well? You can refresh yourself by walking through the tree-lined lake trail full of cherry blossoms.
An one-hour drive along sharp curves from Chongqing, you can reach Jindaoxia. Here you can either take a narrow gorge walk along the cliffs with breathtaking and peaceful scenery or take a boat along scenic water body. Magic mountains, fresh air and bird chirping, the best combination for relaxation.
People's Assembly Hall, which is in the same architectural style as Tian An Men in Beijing, serves as testimony to Chongqing's strategic military and political position for China and place for Chinese leaders to congregate and make decision. You can now enter the building and enjoy the beautiful auditorium with a small fee.
The Diaojiao Lou architectural style, the comfortable atmosphere, attentive service, hot pots and nice dishes make this restaurant a place where diners like to linger after a meal. Worry about the spiciness of hotpot? This restaurant carefully prepare mild and spicy portions so you can fully enjoy any level of spiciness.
The South Mountain Quanshui Chicken has a far-reaching reputation and attracts gourmets from every corner of the world. Hot dishes like the most famous dish chicken with spring water and cold dishes are cooked immediately after ordering. For after-dinner entertainment, the One-tree Outlook Platform is the perfect place to enjoy the night views of Chongqing.
This restaurant serves you the traditional Chongqing Style hotpot and a funky dance performance by waiters dressed in army uniforms. You can try both mild and hot soups here and the extremely hot and tongue numbing soup made of peppercorn, which are certainly unforgettable experiences.
Qi Qi Huo Guo has several locations in Chongqing and offers hot pot in southern Chinese style that is relatively mild and not as spicy as traditional Chongqing hot pot. Here you can choose a range of food to cook from thinly sliced lamb, mushrooms, tofu skins, potatoes to dumplings.
With classic Chinese interior design, Good Wood Coffee provides a range of drinks and both Western and Chinese food including steak and Chongqing dishes. People find this cafe very special because of a notebook that invites everyone to leave a comment or even a secret.
Chongqing Municipal Chuanju Opera Theater is internationally well-known for its Chinese and western operas including The Lady of the Camellias. Famous artists have performed a lot of outstanding operas in the past and visited many countries for guest performances.
Located right next to the riverside, Cici Park is famous for its wide selection of imported beer at reasonable prices, comfortable seating and a chilled vintage atmosphere for musical journeys. It is also known as home to the city's electro scene, Cici Park regularly hosts DJs and live music performances.
In Tongliang County, there is a custom that dragon lantern dances during the Lantern Festival. The celebration starts with colorful lights, dances and a display of fireworks. In Chinese mythology, dragons could summon clouds and rain, so in times of arid weather, the dragon dance is a way to seek help. At the peak of the festival, the dragon lanterns are burnt with firecrackers and fireworks to make them to go to heaven.
Pacific Department Store, exclusive international shops and trendy clothes boutiques meet here. There are many restaurants and theaters, a skating rink, bowling alley, video game centers and banks are housed here, offering everything for everyone. Children especially enjoy the musical fountain.
Being the second biggest mall after Jiefangbei, Paradise Walk Shopping Mall offers a first class international shopping experience. The mall features a host of amenities like a rock climbing center, gymnasium, a cinema complex, outdoor cafes, restaurants, stores and boutiques. Shops are also for all ages and range from Benetton, Miss Sixty and Diesel to H&M and Uniqlo.
Do not miss CBEST Department Store, which is one of the oldest and most popular department stores and supermarket chains in Chongqing, sells local products like hot pot flavors, beef jerky, peach slices and Ciqikou Mahua sweets. Visitors prefer buying snacks here to share with family and friends as souvenirs.
Chongqing Art Gallery is art in itself. Its unique architectural style symbolizes red and black Chinese stacked boxes. Exhibitions and artworks are created by both local artists and famous old Chines painters like Xu Beihong and Qi Baishi and you can explore Chinese art culture comprehensively here.
Chongqing is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must bring your passport at all times and all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets; you will also need it for using internet cafes that accept foreigners. The Chinese government requires that your passport must be valid for at least six months when entering the country. You will need at least one entire blank page in your passport for the visa. Take an ID card with your photo in case you lose your passport and make photocopies of your passport as your embassy may need these before issuing a new one in case of loss. You must report the loss to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB), which will issue you with a 'Statement of Loss of Passport'. Long-stay visitors should register their passport with their nation's embassy.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is located 23 km from Chongqing city and connected by a subway. The Airport Express leaves every 30 minutes between 6:00 AM and 10:00 PM from the Chongqing Airline Ticket Agency at Shangqing Temple. The ride takes 40 minutes. Alternatively, you can take a taxi to town.
The two main railway stations are Caiyuan Dam Railway Station and North Station, which are in the area of Longtou temple, on the north bank of the Yangtze River. The main public transport systems of urban Chongqing are the bus and light rail transit networks. Most buses run between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM (some run until 1:00 AM). Light rail transit runs between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Phone: +86 23 6800 2222 There are also more quirky ways of getting around Chongqing. For example, taking a cable car ropeway, which is the first cross-river one in China and a handy and scenic way to get across the Jialing River. The rope ways run between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. The Crown Staircase connects the Caiyuan Dam and Lianglu Kou. The Kaixuan Road elevator connects Kaixuan Road and Jiaochang Kou. The running time is between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Address: Caiyuan Dam, Yuzhong Phone: +86 23 6168 1111
It is convenient and simple to travel by taxi in Chongqing. The taxis are all painted in yellow as is the conspicuous symbol. There is an additional charge (15% of the original total fee) between 10:00 PM - 7:00 AM. Taxis may be flagged down by the road or reserved by telephone. It is advised to have a piece of paper with the destination written in Chinese characters as not all taxi drivers speak English.
Post offices are scattered around Chonqing. Chongqing Post Kaixian Branch Address: No.59 Neixi Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 5222 6339 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Yipin Branch Address: Yipin Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 6648 0077 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Jinji Branch Address: Jinji Town, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 5468 0031 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Jiangjin Branch Address: No.9 Qixian Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 4753 0811 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM