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Top things to do in Chongqing

By Minjun Xu

August 2

Chongqing in southwestern China has both man-made and natural wonders to explore.

Chongqing in southwestern China has both man-made and natural wonders to explore.

Chongqing municipality covers a large area full of rivers and mountains, making it a great place for urban and natural explorations.

1/6 See Hongya Cave by night 洪崖洞夜景

Hongya Cave Cultural Center [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Xianglong]
Hongya Cave Cultural Center [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Liu Xianglong]
Built on hills along the Yangtze River, Hongya Cave Cultural Center features traditional Chongqing architecture called Diaojiaolou (吊脚楼). At night, the buildings light up and give a great view over the river.

Entry: free

Tips: The lights at Hongya Cave are on between 8:00 p.m. and 10:00 p.m.

2/6 Take the cable car over the Yangtze River 长江索道

Cableway on Yangtze River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhong Guilin]
Cableway on Yangtze River [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Zhong Guilin]
The first cable car on the Yangtze River, it has appeared in many Chinese films such as Zhou Yu’s Train (周渔的火车), Crazy Stone (疯狂的石头), and Chongqing Blues (日照重庆). While used as public transportation by locals, visitors should also try it.

Ticket: 10 yuan one-way/person

Opening hours: 7:00 a.m. to 10:00 p.m.

3/6 Try Chongqing Cuisine 重庆小吃

毛血旺
Maoxuewang [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Sun Jihu]
An important branch of Sichuan’s cuisine, Chongqing cuisine distinguishes itself from the exquisite Chengdu style through its simplicity. Maoxuewang (毛血旺), which consists of boiled blood curd and chili sauce, is the city’s most iconic dish.

4/6 Visit Ciqikou Ancient Town 磁器口古

磁器口
Ciqikou Ancient Town [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
On the west bank of the Jialing River (嘉陵江), Ciqikou is a famous ancient town established during the Song Dynasty. Stroll along the steep, narrow streets and taste the local food.

Entry: free

5/6 Shop at Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street  解放碑步行街

Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street [Image Credit: Chinanews.com]
Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street [Image Credit: Chinanews.com]
Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street, also known as the Jiefangbei Central Business District, is one of western China’s busiest commercial districts. Lined with more than 10 skyscrapers and hundreds of shops, Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street is the best place for visitors to feel the pulse of modern Chongqing.

Transport: Take Metro Line 1 and get off at the Jiaochangkou (较场口) Station.

6/6 Explore the Wulong Karst 武隆喀斯特风景区

Wulong Karst Scenic Areas [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
Wulong Karst Scenic Areas [Image Credit: photostock.china.com.cn/Han Jiajun]
Wulong Karst consists of three areas: the Three Natural Bridges (天生三桥), the Qingkou Tiankeng (箐口天坑) and Furong Cave (芙蓉洞). The spectacular caves and mountains are sure to amaze you.

Transport: Take a bus at from Longtousi (龙头寺) Station in Chongqing and get off at Xiannyushan (仙女山镇).

Entry: 135 yuan/person (peak season); 95 yuan/person (off-season)

Opening hours: 8:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m.

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