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Three-Day Nature Tour of Chongqing

Jan 21,2019 ByXINYI LIICHONGQING

By Xinyi Li, iChongqing

Chongqing – Chongqing can be a city with culture and commerce. However, there are still things about pleasure and nature in the city. This article will get you a three-day trip of extreme pleasure as well as incredible nature. In it are the destinations, including downtown Chongqing, such as Ciqikou Ancient Town, Liziba CRT Station, Jiefang Bei, and Hongya Dong. Besides, this article will also tell you about two famous spots in Yongchuan District for pleasure and relaxing. 

Day one: tour the urban city

For the first day, touring the urban city is a great idea. In the morning, Ciqikou Ancient Town is a great choice, to taste the life on the spicy side.

Chongqing Ciqikou Ancient Town

Ciqikou is an ancient village set on the side of the Jialing River. It is indeed one of the two rivers that run through the heart of Chongqing. The village was first known as Baiyan Courtyard during the Song dynasty (approximately 700 years ago) where an emperor lived in seclusion. Later on, the village named as Longyin town that indicates the dragon (refers to the Jianwen Emperor) lives in seclusion.

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A whole look of Ciqikou Ancient Town

Address: Ciqikou Street, Shapingba District

Transportation: take CRT line 1 to Ciqikou Station. Take bus NO. 220/843/202/237 to Ciqikou Station, or take bus NO. 234/467/805 to Tongjiaqiao Station, and then walk there.

Recommended visiting time: about two hours 

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Moreover, unique Chongqing food is everywhere in the ancient town. Visitors can have lunch there inside the old town. Street Cuisine of Chongqing is on the must-eat list. After launch, visitors can take the CRT to Yuzhong District.  This CRT line is notable for a station that goes through a building. Also, mahua of Ciqikou Ancient Town is very popular with local people.

Liziba CRT Station

Liziba Station is one of the most famous public transport stations of Chongqing and even of all around China. Here the monorail goes through a residential building and stops inside because the station locates exactly on the 6th and the 7th floor of this block.

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The CRT train is crossing the building

Address: Lizibba, Yuzhong District

Transportation: take CRT line 2 to Liziba Station

Open hours: 6:40-22:40

Price: the price starts at RMB 2/person. Depending on the distances you travel, the price changes.

Along with the CRT line 2, visitors will arrive Linjiang Men Station with it. Yuzhong District is the cultural area as well as a commercial center. There, visitors can sightsee the Liberty Monument (also known as Jiefang Bei).

Jiefang Bei (The Liberty Monument)

Jiefang Bei (The Liberty Monument), located in the center of the downtown Chongqing, was first built in 1940. Today, Jiefang Bei is dwarfed by the city’s skyline, foodie’s street, shopping malls, business, and entertainments. Nevertheless, it is always the spiritual symbol of the Chinese people’s fight against invaders and the great contributions to world peace.

Address: Jiefangbei, Yuzhong District

Transportation: Take CRT line 6 to Xiaoshizi Station and then walk there.

Recommended visiting time: about one hour

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Afterward, you can walk through stilted buildings and antique buildings at Hongya Dong. It has an unbelievable skyline, especially at night. There are many different kinds of food in Hongya Dong, from snacks to a big meal. You can satisfy your stomach with delicious Chongqing food, such as hot pot, xiao mian, or chuan chuan xiang, and so on.

Hongya Dong

Since the rapid development of the Internet, Chongqing has become one of the hottest cities, which attracts people to visit. Chongqing is famous for stereoscopic landscapes, which is unusual in other cities. Hongya Dong is one of the representative urban tourist areas with three-dimensional (3D) landscapes. Meanwhile, stilted buildings and imitation antique buildings belong to the major landscapes at Hongya Dong. Additionally, many people said that it had the silhouette of the Spirited Away, from Miyazaki Hayao, especially at night. 

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Hongyadong has the silhouette of the Spirited Away, from Miyazaki Hayao

Address: Cangbai Road, Yuzhong District

Transportation: CRT line 1 or 6 to Xiaoshizi Station, or CRT line 2 to Linjiangmen Station. Take bus NO. 111, 112, 114 to Hongyadong Station or take NO. 105 to Xiaoshizi Station.

Recommended visiting time: about two hours, and it is better to visit at night

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

When the night falls, the perfect day ends. You can live in a riverside hotel and comfort yourself to end the day. 

Day Tow: tour the world of pleasure and play with wild animals

For the second day, the Locajoy Theme Park is a good choice to enjoy the pleasure. The Clown Festival is giving joy to visitors, until the end of February.

Chongqing Locajoy Theme Park

It is the only one theme park project which obtains recognition of the Chongqing Municipal People’s Government. There are 4 regions inside the park: Global Village, Happy World, Wildlife World, and Locajoy Liangjiang Hotel. Furthermore, the theme park usually holds different events for festivals, such as Halloween, Christmas, and so on.

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Different areas of the Locajoy Theme Park

Address: 999 Fenglong Road, Yongchuan District

Transportation: downtown Chongqing – Chengdu Chongqing Ring Expressway (G93) – Jiulongpo-Yongchuan Highway – Chongqing Locajoy Theme Park

Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Price: RMB 230 for adults, RMB 180 for children and the disabled, RMB 115 for the senior

The theme park is ready for you to tour a whole day. There are restaurants and hotel inside the park so that you can have lunch and dinner there. Due to the theme park has a hotel area, you can live in the park, getting enough rest to be ready for the trip of the next day.

Day three: tour the world of nature

After exploring the urban Chongqing and playing with the city, embracing nature and take a break is the best choice. There is a place, famous for its natural skyline and relevant products. Chasha Zhuhai, located near the Locajoy Theme Park, is proud of tea and bamboo. Tea tofu (tofu boiled with tea) and chicken soup with bamboo shoots are recommended.

Chongqing Yongchuan Chashan Zhuhai (Tea Mountain and Bamboo Forest)

Chongqing Yongchuan Chashan Zhuhai (Tea Mountain and Bamboo Forest) is the sea of green. Meanwhile, it is on the list, as one of the most unique national parks. This is where they filmed the outdoor scenes of the film “House of Flying Daggers”.

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Recommended food (left) and Chashan (tea mountain)

Address: Yongchuan District

Transportation: Chongqing Locajoy Theme Park – Provincial Highway S109  – Inner-city Dong (East)  – Chongqing Yongchuan Chashan Zhuhai (Tea Mountain and Bamboo Forest) 

Open hours: 9:00-17:00

Price: RMB 38/person

This route integrates culture, pleasure, and nature for you. A visitor can learn about Chongqing as well as stay touch with nature. Furthermore, it can bring you into a world of local life.

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