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Chongqing Showcase - Rich Culture and Scenery in Fengdu Enthralls the Senses

By James AlexanderICHONGQING|Jun 30,2020

Chongqing- The swift waters of the Yangtze nurtured the famous mountains and rivers of Fengdu ‘Harvest City!’

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Shuangguishan National Forest Park.

Amongst the luxuriant mountains south of the river banks in Fengdu, the Longhe River meanders gracefully through valleys and gorges, tightly embraced on either bank. The waters created a national wetland park, Nantian Lake, Xueyu Cave, and the ‘Jiuchongtian’ national 4A rated scenic spots. Residents live, eat, breathe, and sleep by the waters.

Fengdu offers a great abundance of specialty products. Hengdu Beef is a famous registered trademark in China. Fengdu Spicy Chicken shines as a centuries-old brand. These resources of Fengdu nourish industries worth billions of dollars!

Fengdu steeps in cultural humanity. Nearly 3000 years ago, the Ba people built the city first known as ‘Bazi Biedu’ here, which was then established as a county in 90 AD. Timeless works such as ‘Journey to the West’ and many others have told the story of Fengdu, which also inspired the renowned literati scholars Su Shi, Li Shangyin, and Lu You to visit these lands for themselves, leaving behind a rich cultural heritage.

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Jiuchongtian Scenic Area.

Shuangguishan National Forest Park

Wandering around places of interest and appreciation of folk culture

The vast Yangtze River flows before Mingshan Scenic Area. The rugged peaks, ancient trees, the swaying shadows of bamboo and lush surroundings provide the backdrop for scattered pavilions to the tune of singing birdlife.

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Mingshan Scenic Area.

The unique folk culture has attracted tourists the world over to explore the visual delights. The famous Song Dynasty literati Su Shi wrote a famous verse after he once visited, ‘Years leisurely flow by amongst the antiquity and timeless mountains.’

In Shuangguishan National Forest Park, Shuanggui Mountain is famous for its rich history and cultural legacy. Dating back to the Song Dynasty, it has attracted countless immigrants, sages and philosophers to explore the natural beauty and source poetic inspiration.

In this giant forest park, you can meet celebrities both ancient and modern at Enlai Pavilion, He Long Pavilion, Hu Guo Pavilion, Su Gong Temple, Liang Yuan Pavilion, Grand View Garden, the Maitreya Buddha, and many other scenic spots.

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Xueyu Cave Scenic Area.

Xiaoguanshan is a typical ancient residential complex of eastern Sichuan during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. The complex was built after the relocation from six cultural relic sites in Fengdu County before the lands were submerged by the Three Gorges Reservoir Area.

It consists of Wang Family Courtyard, Zhou Family Courtyard, Lujuhe Courtyard, Qin Family Courtyard, Tianfo Temple and Huichuan Gate. This attraction of Chongqing is a great location to explore the historical sites and culture of Bayu.

The engraved bricks and tiles pay homage to prosperity dating long into history, and capture the memories of the distant past. Tourists can discover a sea of tranquility among the bustle of city life. People stroll among the gardens as the scenery immerses in the heart. Xiaoguanshan Ancient Building Complex has become a must see attraction for tourists in Fengdu.

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Ancient Residences in Fengdu.

Sample the rich specialties of Fengdu

Musical cattle pens, sand bedded cowsheds, cleansing massages, water sources, balanced nutrition, and other healthy breeding practices, in conjunction with electronic records, monitoring, and traceability systems have combined to ensure the extraordinary quality of Hengdu beef, the Jinding ecological whole cow feast, wild fungus whole beef hot pot, and soup make tourists salivate.

The centuries-old Fengdu spicy chicken has an appetizing color, while the meat is tender and crisp, without being greasy. The flavor is spicy, refreshing, aromatic, and has a lasting aftertaste. Stroll through the streets of Fengdu County, and you can buy authentic Fengdu spicy chicken everywhere.

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Fengdu spicy chicken.

Taste the Fengdu red heart pomelo, mustard, and longan fruit, which have obtained the label as a national geographical indication trademark. Eat a bowl of Fengdu spicy dumplings in the morning, a plate of Fengdu spicy chicken at noon, and savor the Fengdu whole cow feast at night. The culinary draws of Fengdu will surely become a travel highlight.

The long history and profound culture have spawned a rich variety of products with unique Fengdu characteristics. Up to now, the county’s intangible heritage projects lists 57 items over 10 categories. These include the folklore ‘Fengdu Temple Fair,’ which has successfully applied for national-level intangible heritage projects and 16 at the municipal level. Xianjia tofu, Baoluan bamboo mats, Weishan scissors, and ghost face painting are just a few examples.

In Nantian Lake Tourist Resort at altitudes between 1400 meters and 2000 meters, you can admire the original ecological landscape, and enjoy tourist services such as special tourist routes, scenic buses, and smart facilities. When you come here, you can board the Nantian Gate overlooking the green and vast expanse of the Linhai Lake, stroll along the Tianhu Lake Boardwalk, enjoy the ripples across the lake, see the moon reflect in the clear waters, and taste the unspoiled surroundings of Tianhu grassland.

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Fengdu wheat stalk carvings.

You can also take a forest train through the mountains, ride a punting boat, swim in the lake, set up a tent, admire the starry skies, wonder Music Square, view a water screen movie, and experience the interaction of water, light, and music. In winter, you can also go to Nantian Lake International Ski Resort to satisfy your passion for snow sports.

Climbing Jiuzhongtian Scenic Spot to an altitude of 1300 meters is another great sight. The unique geological wonders and thrilling experiences offer tourists the fun of adventure while enjoying the beautiful scenery at Longhe Canyon. Walking through the cliff-top paths, there is a sense of walking on air among the clouds and mist. At the 5D Lanyue Bridge, there are curiously shaped peaks, cliffs, deep valleys that form an amazing panoramic view.

In the Xueyudong Scenic Area, you can experience the charm of China’s most beautiful caves open to tourism. In Snow Jade Cave, watch the snowdrift after millions of years, see the colors of beautiful jade, and listen to the pure sounds of nature.

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Intricate Fengdu paper cuttings.

Fengdu Temple Fair

The Fengdu Temple Fair originates from the Western Jin Dynasty. It reached its peak in the Ming Dynasty but eventually fell silent around 1949 before a revival in 1988. In 2014, the Fengdu Temple Fair was successfully listed on the national intangible cultural heritage list and became a window to showcase Fengdu folk culture. Every year on March 3 of the lunar calendar, Fengdu holds the grand fair which attracts more than 1.5 million tourists yearly from both home and abroad.

Fengdu Hengdu Beef

Fengdu Hengdu Beef passed the ISO-9001, ISO-22000, HACCP, QS, halal food, green food, organic food designations, and has 14 patents in beef processing technology. The brand has great influence and ranks first in the country.

Zhengfa wheat stalk carvings

The wheat straw carving process originated from the Spring and Autumn Period and the Warring States Period and is a bright pearl in Chinese traditional culture and art dating back more than 100 years. This carving is of extremely high historical, artistic, and economic value.

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A portrayal of the Fengdu Temple Fair.

Fengdu Spicy Chicken

Before 1949, Fengdu had a number of well-established shops specializing in spicy chicken. The spicy chicken was sold as a nomadic food. Merchants cooked chickens mixed with condiments in barrels and was also sold whole. After years of technological innovation, Fengdu Spicy Chicken has become a local specialty with annual sales of about 400 million yuan.

Weishan Paper Cuttings

Drawing on Fengdu’s long history, unique cultural, magical legends, and beautiful scenery, Weishan Paper Cuttings have created artworks with strong regional characteristics, which focus on originality, and are fresh, elegant, exquisite and fashionable.

Ghost face paintings

Ghost face paintings are made on cypress wood, peach wood, and other raw materials. They are made by hand, polished with sandpaper, and smoked with Chinese honey locust leaves. The paintings require dozens of procedures and take three to five days to complete. Most of the paintings promote filial piety, pray for the well-being, advocate harmony, and spread positive energy. They are the essence of Fengdu’s folk culture.

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Ghost face paintings are made on cypress wood, peach wood, and other raw materials. They are made by hand, polished with sandpaper, and smoked with Chinese honey locust leaves.

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