As a major city in the southwestern part of mainland China, Chongqing is a modern port city. Renowned as the Mountain City, Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Close to the mighty Yangtze River, it is the start or end point of some popular river cruises. It is also one of the Chinese cities that are known as the Three Furnaces.
Planning a trip to Chongqing? Here are some of the best things to do:
Ci Qi Kou
An ancient town that was formerly known as Longyinzhen, Ci Qi Kou has a name that means “Porcelain Port”. Porcelain has been made here for many years, and then transported along the Jialing River. Take a step back in time and experience Chongqing as it was in times gone by and soak up the laid-back atmosphere. The area remains relatively untouched and charmingly undeveloped, and you can see how local families. There are a lot of little shops to poke around in, some more touristy than others; perhaps you can pick up some great local souvenirs to take home with you. The area also has a number of great coffee shops, perfect for a rest.
Three Gorges Museum
A relatively new museum, the Three Gorges Museum houses displays of ornate Chinese art and artefacts that were saved during the construction of the Three Gorges Dam and the artificial lake. It contains information relating to the history of Chongqing and the surrounding area, the building of the dam, local culture, and aspects of Chinese history. It’s an interesting place to spend a couple of hours when in Chongqing.
Home to a varied selection of animals, many people head to Chongqing Zoo to see the giant pandas. The black and white cute-looking animals really are a star attraction, and you can watch as they lazily chew on bamboo, sleep, amble around, and generally look pretty placid. Other creatures include the small raccoon-like red pandas, lions, tigers, elephants, giraffes, leopards, bears, and birds.
Goose Neck Park
Goose Neck Park sits on the long steep slope where the Yangtze River and the Jialing River cross. Shaped rather like a goose’s neck, it’s not hard to imagine how the park got its name. It’s a nice place to relax, enjoy being outdoors, and admire great views.
People’s Assembly Hall
Built in the architectural style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the historic People’s Assembly Hall was previously used to host important visitors. It’s a photogenic building and a popular local landmark.
People’s Liberation Monument
Formerly a wooden structure, the People’s Liberation Monument was initially constructed in March 1940, on the anniversary of Dr. Sun Yat Sen’s death. Also referred to as the “Spirit Fort”, you can reach the top by way of a revolving ladder, from where you can enjoy great views of the city below.
Other top things to do in Chongqing include visiting the old Buddhist temple of Luohan Si Arhat, waking up your taste buds as you tuck into a local spicy hot pot, gazing in wonder at the Dazu Rock Carvings, stepping into the Snowy Jade Cave, chilling out at the Northern Hot Springs Park, and having a giggle at Chongqing Amusement Park.