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Chongqing is undergoing a stage of dramatic redevelopment, making it a fascinating city to visit for any traveller. There's nowhere else in China you'll see a dramatic glass skyscraper next to precarious stilted houses and eateries centuries old. Book your trip now and explore a Chinese city in a remarkable state of flux and change.
1/tab.galleryImage.size}Found on the banks of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of China’s biggest municipalities and brims with culture, history and good food
2/tab.galleryImage.size}Explore Ciqikou Old Town, an ancient Chongqing neighbourhood that dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties
3/tab.galleryImage.size}Hike in the breath-taking Wulong Karst Geological Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Chongqing
4/tab.galleryImage.size}Visit Chongqing’s ornate People’s Assembly Hall, one of the city’s most beautiful attractions
5/tab.galleryImage.size}Take a cruise on a junk boat to Three Gorges, a scenic highlight on the Yangtze River known for its sheer cliffs and steep mountains
6/tab.galleryImage.size}See the spectacular Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings, a 9th century UNESCO Word Heritage Site located near Chongqing
Found on the banks of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is one of China’s biggest municipalities and brims with culture, history and good food
Explore Ciqikou Old Town, an ancient Chongqing neighbourhood that dates back to the Ming and Qing Dynasties
Hike in the breath-taking Wulong Karst Geological Park, an area of outstanding natural beauty and a UNESCO World Heritage Site near Chongqing
Visit Chongqing’s ornate People’s Assembly Hall, one of the city’s most beautiful attractions
Take a cruise on a junk boat to Three Gorges, a scenic highlight on the Yangtze River known for its sheer cliffs and steep mountains
See the spectacular Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings, a 9th century UNESCO Word Heritage Site located near Chongqing
Things to do
We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
We've chosen the must-see highlights of this fantastic city.
The Yangtze's upper reaches come alive at Chaotianmen harbour, Chongqing's most important port, where thousands of tonnes of cargo pass through daily and where tour boats plying the river to the Three Gorges disembark. In the evening, floating restaurants teem with diners and at Chaotianmen Square, the Chongqing Planning Exhibition Gallery portrays the development of Chongqing's cultural, geographical and ecological landscapes with brilliant high-tech exhibits.
More history can be found in Yuzhong District, where the 27.5-metre-high Liberation Monument marks some of the most significant events in modern China's development. Once the city's highest landmark, it is now overshadowed by skyscrapers and the Metropolitan Plaza, an award-winning building that is home to an array of shops selling brand-name fashion items, accessories, jewellery, cosmetics, electrical appliances, wedding gowns and the latest gadgetry. As a one-stop destination, it also houses a multiplex cinema, food court, ice-skating rink, bowling alleys and TV game centres.
Chonqing Xiaotian E Hotpot
One of the most popular hotpot restaurants in Chongqing, its flagship store is decorated in an opulent, traditional Chinese style. Of all the hotpot styles, the red-soup hotpot has the strongest local flavour. The soup base is made of about 40 spices and can come in three different levels of spiciness.
6/F, New Chongqing Plaza, 22 Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
In Chongqing's Yuzhong District, the Huguang Assembly Hall sits majestically beside the Yangtze River. Established during the reign of the Emperor Qinglong (1736-1795) during the Qing Dynasty, this 10,000-square-metre compound by the Yangtze River houses three halls: Yuwang Palace, Qi'an Hall and Guangdong Hall. Today, the elegant buildings house collections of pictures and other cultural artefacts that vividly document the migration of Hubei, Hunan and Guangdong peoples to Sichuan during the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties. In the past, Huguang Assembly Hall was the venue for operas and religious festivals and offered refuge and safety to patriots and secret societies dedicated to protecting China from foreign invasion.
Modernity has made its mark – literally – on Huangjueping Street in the Jiulongpo District, where more than 800 artists, students, teachers and workers contributed to a 1.3-kilometre stretch completely decorated with graffiti. Sometimes referred to as "the world's biggest kindergarten", the state-sanctioned project was completed in 2007 and covers more than 40,000 square metres of wall space with colourful and lively street art.
Jiulongpo District, Chongqing
The Hongyadong District dates back some 2,300 years when its buildings were on stilts, huddled against a mountainside. Today, the eponymous Hongyadong building houses hotels, chic restaurants and trendy shops, most with stunning views overlooking the Jialing River. It is believed the Ba people first lived in the Chongqing area and they are remembered today in Bayu Fengqing Street at Tiancheng Lane. Courtyards are filled with small shops and a replica of a Guanjin Temple, where tourists can sample local delicacies such as Sichuan-style beef jerky and handmade noodles, buy art and watch cultural performances.
Solitary Tree viewing platform
At night, the centre of Chongqing comes alive, floating like a brilliantly lit palace. To take in the view at its best, visitors must go to Nanshan's poetically named Solitary Tree viewing platform, which provides a stunning panorama of the Yuzhong Peninsula.
South Hill, Nanshan subdistrict, Nan'an District, Chongqing
South Hot Spring
Regarded as one of the best hot-spring sites in China, the water source of South Hot Spring was discovered in the Ming Dynasty while the hot-springs structures were built in the Qing Dynasty. Well-known figures from modern Chinese history such as Chiang Kai-shek, Soong Mei-lin and Deng Xiaoping holidayed here, taking to the mineral-rich waters that are low in acids and sulphur. South Hot Spring consists of 12 sections, including Nantong Hot Spring, a garden-like compound housing 110 baths, and Ancient Fairy Cave, a 30-metre-high limestone cave with stalactites.