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Chongqing Attractions: Sightseeing in and around Chongqing

Chongqing, the Mountain City, serves as the launching point for cruise ships down the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges Dam. Moreover, it also attracts visitors for its splendid cultural heritage and tourist attractions both in downtown area and out of town.

Here, you could have a look through the top Chongqing attractions or things to do in Chongqing by the following three types:

  1. Yangtze River Cruise
  2. Chongqing Attractions in Downtown Area
  3. More Chongqing Sightseeing in Wulong and Dazu

Type One: Yangtze River Cruise

Chongqing, a picturesque mountain city that clings to steep cliffs located at the confluence of the Yangtze River and Jialing River, serves as either a port of destination or of departure for every Yangtze River Cruise Ship. Chongqing to Yichang, Chongqing to Wuhan, and Chongqing to Shanghai are all the most popular Yangtze River cruise lines. Yangtze River cruise has been the highlight of any China tour. There are many ships porting on the Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock. Along the cruise travel, cruisers will have fantastic shore excursions along Yangtze River. The shore excursion sites include:

  1. Shibaozhai Pagoda
  2. Fengdu Ghost City
  3. Shennv Stream
  4. Shennong Stream
  5. White Emperor City
  6. Lesser Three Gorges
  7. Three Gorges Dam
Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing

Yangtze River Cruise from Chongqing

Type Two: Attractions in Chongqing Downtown

Three Gorges Museum

The Three Gorges Museum, located in the opposite of Chongqing Peoples’ Assembly Hall, is a museum about Three Gorges and Chongqing. There are four main displays: Glorious Three Gorges; Ancient Ba Yu - early history of Chongqing; Chongqing: the City Road - 20th Century history; The Anti-Japanese War (1937-1945). Further displays include painting and calligraphy, porcelain, coins, sculpture from the Han Dynasty (206 BC - 220), folk customs of southwest China, cultural objects given by Li Chuli. It is good to take a visit to Three Gorges Museum before or after your Yangtze River cruise. Hence, you’ll know more history about Three Gorges, Three Gorges Dam and Chongqing.

Three Gorges Museum

Three Gorges Museum

Ciqikou Ancient Town

The Ciqikou Ancient Town (Porcelain Village) is located on the bank of the Jialing River, 14 kilometers to the west of Chongqing. It was Chongqing's old harbor and was once the home of many of Chongqing's rich merchant. Ming and Qing dynasty architecture abound throughout the town. Tea houses, dragon dances and temple fairs all make this a great place to really soak up the atmosphere of old Chongqing.

Ciqikou Ancient Town

Ciqikou Ancient Town

Chongqing Zoo

Covering an area of 45 hectares, Chongqing Zoo is located in the western suburbs of Chongqing city. Over 230 species with more than 4500 rare animals are living in Chongqing Zoo, including Golden Hair monkeys, South China Tigers, and Pandas. In Panda room, you can visit the giant pandas and red pandas.

Chongqing Zoo

Chongqing Zoo

Eling Park (Goose Neck Park)

Eling Park, also called Goose Neck Park, is a park located on Changjiang Road in Chongqing. It was built in 1909 and originally the home or Li Yaoting, a rich businessman at the end of Qing Dynasty (1644-1911). This park was originally called Edingling due to its narrow and steep shape that resembles the nape of a goose. Pay a visit to Eling Park and reach atop of Gansheng Pavilion (also Liangjiang Pavilion) and have a panorama view of Chongqing. Besides, it is one of the best places to enjoy the night view of Chongqing City.

Eling Park Chongqing

Eling Park

Type Three: Attractions around Chongqing

Wulong Karst Landscape

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 Days
Evening Ideas: Watch Impression Wulong

The Wulong Karst is a karst landscape located within the borders of Wulong County. It is about 188 km from Chongqing downtown.

It is divided into three areas including the Three Natural Bridges, Qingkou Tiankeng Scenic Area and Furong Cave. Actually, it is a part of the Wulong Karst National Geological Park as well as part of the South China Karst, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Wulong Karst

Natural Three Bridges

Dazu Rock Carvings

The Dazu Rock Cavings is located in Dazu County of Chongqing and in the southeast of the Sichuan Basin, 271 kilometers away from the west of Chengdu, 167 kilometers away from the east of Chongqing.

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), depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. 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.

Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings

More Attractions in Chongqing

Southern Hot Spring Park

Northern Hot Spring Park

People’s Assembly Hall

Stillwell Museum

Loquat Mountain Park

People Liberation Museum


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