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Top Things to Do in Chongqing

The first destination in Chongqing, without any doubt, should be Chongqing food. The taste exclusive to Chongqing brings travelers into the local life upon their arrival. The must-try dish is Chongqing hotpot, the soup base of which is stewed with more than eighty kinds of spices. The spicy and hot taste is unforgettable. Bayi Road in Jiefangbei district, the most bustling commercial area, is a street with varieties of delicious snacks. Nanbin Road, the best place for appreciating Chongqing night scene, gathers superb restaurants with genuine local cuisines. Nanshan Hotpot Street is cradle of Chongqing hotpot, where houses numerous hotpot restaurants in various styles.
Chongqing is one of the most attractive tourist cities, ranking simply next to Beijing, Shanghai. With a splendid history of three thousand years, Chongqing boasts of its abundant traveling resources. Mountains and rivers, forests and springs, gorges and caves, each of these natural sceneries is a wonderful piece. Chongqing is a mountain city; plentiful mountain landscape forms unique scene of the city. With Jialing River and Yangtze River flowing through, the city is endowed with special charms. All of them form profound Chongqing impression.
What makes Chongqing attractive is not only its natural resource, but also the gorgeous culture accumulated through history. There are seventy-eight museums in Chongqing, collecting more than 300,000 pieces of cultural relics. The number of cultural centers is no less than forty, permeating its rich culture into every corner of the city. Ancient towns, as the most precious heritage, are demonstrating a complete Chongqing to travelers. Ciqikou Old Town is one of the most popular ancient towns. It is a representative cultural town with rows of architectures of Ming and Qing dynasty and abundant folk customs and becomes a must-see destination for nearly all travelers.
Must-see Attractions
  • Dazu Rock Carvings, an extensive group of sculptures and carvings scattered over the Baodingshan and Beishan Mountain; the carvings started from Tang dynasty and went through ages of development; a respected monk of Song dynasty named Zhao Zhifeng dedicated 70 years of his life on this master piece; Dazu Rock Carvings appear to be more systematically arranged compared with other masterpieces of grottoes;
  • Panda House in Chongqing Zoo, the second hometown to panda; the house features rockeries, caves, stream, waterfall and the likes to create a habitat as close as possible to the natural living environment of pandas; a series of habitats are built for multifarious animals in the zoo, like Goldfish house, Gorilla House; the zoo features an amusement park equipped with various kinds of recreational facilities for visitors of different age groups;
  • Ciqikou Old Town, a representative ancient town; it was established in Song dynasty and prosperous in porcelain industry; the architectures of Ming and Qing dynasty are well preserved; nowadays, it is notable for tourism and catering; tea houses and bars in the town are the most favorites spots for travelers;
Recommended Hotels in Chongqing
Glenview ITC Plaza
Glenview ITC Plaza5 star
#6 of 1,810 Hotels in Chongqing on TripAdvisor
No.66 Qingnian Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Hotel Management Group: Glenview Hotels
Surroundings: Chongqing People's Liberation Monument (470m), Hongya Cave (710m)
Wanyou Conifer Hotel
Wanyou Conifer Hotel4 star
#48 of 1,810 Hotels in Chongqing on TripAdvisor
No.77 Daping Changjiang Second Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Hotel Management Group: Conifer Hotel and Resort Management Ltd
Surroundings: E'ling Park (2.4km), Bailian Jinyuan Shopping Mall (1.9km)
Recommended Restaurants in Chongqing
Yuxin Sichuan Dish
  • The most authentic taste of Sichuan dishes
  • With elegant atmosphere
  • With good evaluation and nice price
Location: HaiTangXiaoYue NanBin Road DiYi Avenue 16 Building, Chongqing
Special Dishes: Stir-fried Eel with Pickled Chilies, Spicy Chicken, Chongqing Style Boiled Blood Curd
Average cost per person: Around CNY83/USD14
Da DuiZhang Theme Hotpot (BeiChengTian Street Branch)
  • Authentic hot pot of Chongqing flavor
  • A Chairman Mao and Military Guard themed restaurant
Location: BeiChengTian Street 10, YuanDong Shopping Mall Opposite, Chongqing
Special Dishes: Shuji Beef Omasum, Zhiqing Sliced Pork
Average cost per person: Around CNY76/USD12
Pu Ti Su - Bodhi Vegetarian (Xing Yue Hui Branch)
  • High-quality food and super caring staff
  • Healthy and nutritious dieting style
  • Simple and comfortable environment
Location: Xingyuehui, Beibin Road, Jiangbei District, Chongqing City
Special Dishes: Autumn Eggplant, Braise Pepper Mushroom
Average cost per person: Around CNY116/USD19
Night Shows and Entertainment
Night Cruise along the Confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River
Night Cruise along the Confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River
Highlights: Night scene in Jialing River and Yangtze River is a feast for eye
Ticket Price: CNY51-178/USD8-30 (according to the cruise you choose)
Time: 19:30-22:00 (Thursday to Sunday) 20:00-22:00 (Friday to Saturday)
Capacity: 600 seats
Get there from Glenview ITC Plaza:
  • By bus: Take bus No.440 at Xiaomishi Stop and get off at Changbin Road Jiumatou Stop (5 stops).
  • By taxi: Around CNY10/USD1.6 (recommended)
Get there from Wanyou Conifer Hotel:
  • By taxi: Around CNY23-30/USD4-5 (recommended)
Chongqing Weekly Folk Music Performance
Chongqing Weekly Folk Music Performance
Highlights: folk music performance, cultural brand of Bashu
Ticket Price: CNY30/USD5
Time: 19:00 - 21:00 (on Saturdays)
Get there from Glenview ITC Plaza:
  • On foot: Walk about 500 meters
Get there from Wanyou Conifer Hotel:
  • By bus: Take bus No.424 at DaPing BaiSheng Stop and get off at LinJiangMen Stop. (7 stops)
  • By taxi: Around CNY21/USD3 (recommended)
Local Market / Night Street
Chongqing Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street
Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street
As one of the eight great landmarks of Chongqing, Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street is a gorgeous commercial center in Jiangbei District for world famous brands. Applying the most advanced international commercial concept of SHOPPING MALL, it serves as multiple functions of shopping, catering industry, entertainment, and recreational activities.
Opening hours: From morning to night
Things you can buy: international luxury goods
Get there from Glenview ITC Plaza:
  • By Subway: Take Subway Line 2 at LinJiangMen Station and get off at NiuJiaoTuo Station (4 stops), then transfer to Subway Line 3 and get off at GuanYin Bridge Station (2 stops).
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 465 at LinJiangMen Station and get off at XinJiang BeiLu Station (8 stops), then walk about 110 meters to get to Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street.
  • By Taxi: Around CNY17/USD3
Get there from Wanyou Conifer Hotel:
  • By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 at Daping Station and get off at Lianglukou Station (2 stops), then transfer to Subway Line 3 and get off at Guanyin Bridge Station (3 stops).
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 818 at Daping Station and get off at XinJiang BeiLu Station (8 stops), then walk around 110 meters to get to Guanyin Bridge Pedestrian Street.
  • By Taxi: Around CNY19/USD3.3
Chongqing Jusenmao Folk and Culture Street
Jusenmao Folk and Culture Street
Located in well-known ancient town Ciqikou, Jusenmao Folk and Culture Street is a creative industry area with distinctive features that are different from antique styles in mainstream. Myriads of interesting novelties displayed in unique shops along the street are attracting comers and goers. They are especially alluring for young people.
Opening hours: all day
Things you can buy: china, handicrafts, and silk products
Get there from Glenview ITC Plaza:
  • By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 at JiaoChangKou Station and get off at CiQiKou Station (8 stops), then walk to the Jvsenmao Folk Culture Street.
  • By Taxi: Around CNY33/USD5 (recommended)
Get there from Wanyou Conifer Hotel:
  • By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 at DaPing Station and get off at CiQiKou Station (10 stops).
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 467 at DaPing Station and get off at CiQiKou Station (20 stops).
  • By Taxi: Around CNY27/USD4.5 (recommended)
Chongqing Sun Moon Light Central Square
Sun Moon Light Central Square
Combined efficient layout of department stores with comfortable environment of shopping center, Sun Moon Light Central Square creates a completely new experience for shopping and entertainment. It leads Jiefangbei Business District to a new level. The area of single floor reaches 22,000 square kilometers and the whole shopping district takes an area of 120,000 square kilometers, providing customers with extensive space for shopping.
Opening hours: From morning to night
Things you can buy: high-quality cosmetics, brand clothing
Get there from Glenview ITC Plaza:
  • On foot: Walk about 360 meters to get to Sun Moon Light Central Square.
Get there from Wanyou Conifer Hotel:
  • By Subway: Take Subway Line 1 at DaPing Station and get off at JiaoChangKou Station (4 stops).
  • By Bus: Take Bus No. 299 at DaPing Station and get off at Sun Moon Light Central Square (6 stops).
  • By Taxi: Around CNY19/USD3.3

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