Chongqing Travel Guide
重庆Many tourists pass through Chongqing 重庆 at the starting point of their Yangtze River cruise, yet it is worth spending some time visiting Chongqing too. This municipality was the Chinese capital between 1937- 1945 and is now home to over 28 million people.
For those embarking upon the Yangtze river cruise, the Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is an excellent introduction to the route they will take. As well as describing Chongqing’s war time history, this museum details cultural, ecological and historical information about the region.
Just over 160km from Chongqing, the Dazu Rock Carvings(大足石 Dàzú Shíkè) are a UNESCO world heritage site. Spread over 40 separate sites these exquisitely painted sculptures are over 1,200 years old.
In the west of Chongqing, Ciqikou (磁器口Cíqìkǒu) is a 1000-year-old town that became a protected historical site in 1998. Set on the lower reaches of the Jialing River, the town attracts tourists with its traditional surroundings and shops selling handicrafts, embroidery and porcelain. The narrow streets give tourists and residence alike an impression of what Chongqing must have been like before it became the sprawling urban metropolis it is today.
As well as being a start and end point for the Yangtze river cruise, Chongqing is a transport hub in central China. It is served with direct flights from Beijing, Shanghai and Hong Kong. For travelers on a budget, Chongqing is also served by several overnight trains from Xi’an.
1 day • CNY 890
Our one day Chongqing tour includes the municipality's most famous sights. Our guide and driver will pick you up in the morning and take you to the new Three Gorges Museum. For lunch, you will enjoy an excellent Chongqing hot pot meal. The afternoon will be spent visiting the Dazu Grottoes, one of China's four ancient Buddhist cave art sites. As with all our tours, the itinerary is...