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Chongqing (重庆)

Chongqing is an important industrial center in southwestern China. It is also famous as a temporary capital of the Republic of China during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937 – 1946). The city was established as municipality in 1997.

As one of most-visited cities in China, Chongqing houses many splendid historical, cultural and natural attractions such as the Dazu Rock Carvings, Ciqikou Ancient Town and natural view along Yangtze River. Besides these must-see attractions, Chongqing food is also worth trying as it is known for its spiciness. The most famous dish in Chongqing is hot pot. If you are not a big fan of spicy dishes, you can taste other types of hotpot without pepper or chili.

Things To Do in Chongqing

Tasting Hot Pot

Hot pot is the most famous local specialty in Chongqing, notable for its spicy taste thanks to the inclusion of Sichuan peppers. There are various types of hotpot like Yuanyang hotpot (two tastes), four tastes hot, tonic hotpot, and fish head hotpot. Those reluctant to try spicy food can try the tonic and fish head hotpot with little or no pepper.

Cruising down the Yangtze River

The Yangtze River is the cradle of Chinese civilization. For most tourists, seeing the Yangtze River is a must when they come to Chongqing. The highlights of the Yangtze Rivers include not only the splendid natural scenery along riverbanks, but also the shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, Shennong Stream and Three Gorge Dam. When the cruise ship threads through the Three Gorges, you will experience some incredible sights, so be sure to keep your camera ready.

Strolling Around Ciqikou Ancient Town

Ciqikou is an ancient town in Shapingba District of Chongqing. Built during the Song Dynasty and covering an area of over 370 acres (1.5 square kilometers), the town was also known as “Little Chongqing”. The name of the town goes back to the porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties: “Ciqi” meaning porcelain in Chinese. The town abounds in ancient customs: for example, the ancestral temples of many resident families can be found here, going back generations. Strolling around Ciqihou, one can easily get lost among its narrow lanes and peeking into the ancient houses and storefronts. There is also plenty to eat here.

Nighttime Scenes in Chongqing

The buildings in Chongqing were constructed on the slopes of mountains at different heights. The city is partially surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing River. This geography creates a unique background especially at night with millions of colorful lights reflecting in the rivers. According to some, the nigh scene in Chongqing even beats those in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The best places to enjoy the Chongqing at night are Yi Ke Shu Night Scene Platform on Nanshan Hill, Kansheng Pavillion in Eling Park.