Chongqing, a municipality of China, is one of China's five National Central Cities , along with Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou and Tianjin. It boasts convenient transportation, developed business and strong creative capacity. It also features great climate, gorgeous natural beauty and historical sites, as well as abundant modern attractions.
Here, we've compiled 10 of our favorite attractions in Chongqing. Some of them are well-preserved historical sites, including some World Heritage sites. Some feature amazing natural scenery, while still others offer stunning views of modern Chongqing.
Top 10 Attractions
1. Foreigner Street ???
Located in the Nan'an District of Chongqing Municipality, Foreigner Street features a variety of foreign-style architecture, entertainment, stores and restaurants. It also attracts many foreigners to its open stores, restaurants and bars. Here, you can enjoy authentic Italian pizza, Japanese sushi, Indian cakes and British tea. You can also enjoy the exciting entertainment, which includes jet coasters and flume rides.
2. Baidi Town ???
Located at the entrance to the Qutang Gorge, Baidi Town was the birthplace of the ancient Ba and Shu states over 2,000 years ago. Many poets have visited (and composed in) Baidi Town, which has led to its being coined "Poem Town." Baidi Town is now a group of temple-like courtyard buildings surrounded by beautiful scenery, making it a lovely place to escape the noise of the city.
3.Three Gorges Museum
Situated opposite the Chongqing People Hall, Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is not only the largest monographic museum in China, but also a public undertaking for the preservation, education, scientific research in respect of cultural relics and the natural environment of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area.
4. Ciqikou Old Town
It is an old town preserved in sprawling modern Chongqing, about one hour drive from the city center. It is a timeless ancient town built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Firstly it was named 'Longyin'. Since 1918 the porcelain trade began due to the convenient location, gradually the trade became prospered throughout the area. Local people used Ciqikou as its name instead of Longyin which means 'porcelain harbor' in Chinese.
5. Little Three Gorges ?????
The most famous attraction in Wushan County is the Little Three Gorges (Longmen Gorges, Bawu Gorge and Dicui Gorge) located on the nearby Daning River. Their total length exceeds 60 kilometers. Little Three features steep mountains, gorgeous clouds, pure springs and mysterious caves, making it a paradise for both people and animals. The famous hanging coffins and local villages offer visitors a glimpse of the local culture and its fascinating history.
6. Fengdu Ghost City ????
Located in Fengdu County, Fengdu is an ancient county with a long history and a rich culture.The various buildings, including Hengha Temple, Baoen Hall, Caishen Palace, Naihe Bridge and TIanzi Palace, are considered part of the netherworld where the spirits of the dead go to rest. Although it is a mysterious and a somewhat macabre place, Fengdu attracts thousands of visitors every day. As an attraction, Fengdu can educate visitors on China's ‘spirit culture,' even as it rejuvenates the living with its beautiful forests and mountains acting as a natural oxygen bar.
7. Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge in the Three Gorges (??????)
The Three Gorges are the Qutang Gorge, Wuxia Gorge and Xiling Gorge. Of the three, Qutang Gorge and Wuxia Gorge are located in Chongqing. The Qutang Gorge, which stretches from Kuimen to Daxi Town, is considered the most precipitous of the three, while Wuxia is thought to be the most beautiful with its pure water and mountain scenery.
8. Liberation Monument ???
The Chongqing People's Liberation Monument was built in 1947 to commemorate China's victory in the Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945). The area around the monument, which is located in the Yuzhong District, was China's first commercial pedestrian street. In 2004, the total sales on the street exceeded 20.7 billion yuan (US$3.37 billion), making it one of the most famous business streets in China. If you want to enjoy modern Chongqing, Liberation Monument is a must-see attraction.
10. Dazu Rock Carvings ????
Located 1.5 kilometers north of Dazu District, the Dazu rock carvings are a collection of some 50,000 statues begun in 892 AD, the first year of the Jingfu reign of the Tang Dynasty (618-907). Carving would continue for the next 250 years. The vividly colorful statues, the most famous of which are the Beishan cliffside and Baoding mountain cliffside statues, have been designated UNESCO World Heritage sites.
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