Chongqing- The Yangtze River has delineated the majestic city of Chongqing for millennia, as the glorious sight of mountains, waters, and city lights shine for all to behold.
Nanshan Mountain stretches along the banks like a jade hairpin, while Guangyang Island entices with dreamlike scenes of natural beauty. The Tang Dynasty poet Bai Juyi once captured the beauty and charm of Nanshan in eulogies of poetic quatrains.
Nan’an District accosts the Yangtze River along the southern banks and offers the top location for business, ecology, living, recreation, and travel. This district is known as the urban living room of Chongqing.
As Nan’an integrates into the Chengdu-Chongqing Twin City Economic Circle, the landscape showcases the unique beauty of Chongqing enveloped amongst the famed mountains and rivers.
The Changjiahui Grand Scenic Area overlooks the convergence between the Yangtze and Jialing rivers and is a key leisure spot in the Two Rivers-Four Banks promotion.
Known as the scenic terrace of Chongqing, Nanshan is home to the best viewing platforms in the city. Nanshan embodies the cultures of Dayu, religion, food, botany, and the spirit of resistance. It is a defining symbol of Mountain City and offers rich opportunities to explore the ecology, history, and culture as part of a tour.
The Huangge Ancient Walkway is paved with bluestone slabs and has played witness to millennia of vicissitudes in life. Huangjueya Old Street, Yikeshu Observation Deck, Big Golden Eagle, Nanshan Botanical Gardens, Chongqing War of Resistance Museum, Caribbean Sea Waterpark, Laojun Cave, and many other locations of interest will evoke the sense of walking between history and modernity.
Yikeshu Viewing Platform exudes a spectacular blaze of natural color from upon the slopes of the mountains, while after dark, the city lights shine gloriously as far as the eyes behold. Down below, observe the Yuzhong Peninsula protrude forwards like a ship breaking the waves, with Chaotianmen Docks at the bow.
Inside the Chongqing War of Resistance Museum, the air still resonates with the sound of thunderous bombardment and is home to the Chongqing Air Force War of Resistance Memorial Garden, built in commemoration to the heroes who fought to great personal sacrifice.
The former residence of Sanmao retells his legacy embodied in the quote, ’Should there be an afterlife, I would like to stand like a tree through eternity, free of sentimental burden, half set in the peaceful earth, and half swaying in the wind.’
Nearby, the Nanzhishan Bookstore exudes with character amongst the mountain environment and offers an ideal location for reading at leisure.
Along the old streets of Longmenhao, explore the foreign history amongst the former sites of the American Embassy, the British Naval Club, the British Salt Administration, and French Naval Barracks.
Sense the deep religious heritage in the temples of Ciyun, Dafo, Qianfo, Juelin, and Guanyin, which are scattered along the trail, and tell stories of ancient times past.
On a stroll along the river pathway of Nanbin Road, experience the rich blends of history, modernity, fashion, serenity, and passion, that offset each other in a delicious showcase of harmony and contradiction, not unlike the innumerable delights of hotpot.
Longmenhao Old Street tells the passage of history from the city’s beginning as a river port, and through the War of Resistance.
The blue bricks and grey tiles of Danzishi Old Street not only tell the vicissitudes of life, but also the vitality and integrated vitality of cultural tourism.
Shi Guangnan Grand Theater exhibits a rich variety of art nurtured thanks to the Yangtze River Contemporary Art Museum, while International Circus City puts on thrilling shows of daring acrobatics.
In the Two Rivers Four Banks core area, the aim is to build a commercial and business district centered around a landscape replete with history and culture.
This core area of Nan'an will undergo a comprehensive upgrade, while Nanbin Road will be promoted as an economic function zone, open financial pilot zone, a pioneering zone for international cooperation, and an international golden tourism belt integrating business, travel, culture, and sports.
The Palace Museum Memorial Hall is a key project due to open later this year and will feature a digital version of the Forbidden City, Academy, and Lecture Hall. The aim is to integrate historical relics and traditional culture into modern urban life.
The Chongqing City Planning Exhibition Hall is another star project. The hall has been relocated from Chaotianmen Square to Danzishi, Nan’an District, and is expected to be ready by the end of this year. The exhibition hall will feature a panoramic and immersive nature experience to vividly display the beauty of mountains and clear waters in Chongqing.
The Yangtze River Audio Memory Museum showcases a trio of themes based on the sounds, views, and flavors of Chongqing, linked by the central concept of Music+.
A Chongqing vinyl record experience center is also under construction, which will offer an audiovisual platform with transparent and panoramic views over the river. The platform will transmit the sound of ancient rhyme, Bayu, the spirit of resistance, the capital of life, and the ecological highland.
Content, to create a Chongqing vinyl listening experience center by the ear, a panoramic, and fully transparent river view audio-visual platform.
Headed by the renovation of Archibald John Little’s 19th century Foreign Trade Company site, the Kaibu Relic Park is stepping up the restoration of cultural relics and historical buildings to recount the story of contemporary Chongqing and provide a stage for international exchange.
Looking to the future, Nan'an District is positioning itself as the top Yangtze River scenic location based on the ecological island of Guangyang, the largest green island in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The attraction will integrate tourism with a range of industries, as Chongqing continues to grow in international stature.
At present, the island has completed the first stage of an ecological restoration project on schedule, and it is open to the public by appointment.
Guangyang Island was once a major settlement of the ancient Ba people and an origin of fishing and hunting culture in the Yangtze River basin. Bronze wares from the Warring States Period have been unearthed here, as well as ancient remnants of water management systems devised by the founding king Dayu. These precious relics pay testament to the heroic and unyielding spirit of Chongqing.
Last century, during the times of the Anti-Fascist League, Guangyang Island became an important air force base in the defense of Chongqing and was also the first airport to be constructed in the southwest.
Following the initial stage in the Guangyang Island restoration project, the location has become an open classroom, featuring a 12-kilometer circle route around the island packed with ecological experiences. Further attractions include the western and eastern tips, a comprehensive demonstration site for ecological restoration, a mountain plateau, sports field. The result is a land of verdant mountains, clear waters, lush forests, and green pastures.
In addition to green travel routes for the island, such as pathways and public transportation, cruise ships departing from Chaotianmen Docks are also expected to sail as far as Guangyang Island, thus linking the historical and cultural scenery of Nanbin Road with the ecological paradise of Guangyang Island.
In later phases of restoration, Guangyang Island will install systems for clean energy, green transportation, waste recycling, ecological water supplies, and drainage channels.
The island is closely adhering to the concepts of green technology, low carbon footprints, recycling, and intelligence. The infrastructure and cultural facilities will form a demonstration zone leading the way in green development of the Yangtze River.
As the countdown begins for the double innovation project of the National Cultural Industry Demonstration Park and National Public Cultural Service System Demonstration Zone, a large number of performing arts venues has been put into use in Nanan, adding to the Changjianghui Contemporary Art Center, Shi Guangnan Grand Theater, Guorui 303 Art Theater, and International Circus City.
Leading art institutions such as the National Symphony Orchestra, Huace Film and Television, Huaren Culture, and Poly Pictures have established cooperative relationships with Nan’an, while the Chongqing Ballet, Chongqing Song and Dance Troupe, and Chongqing Opera House have also performed high quality works in the district.
The Chongqing International Marathon is among the four Grand Slams in China. The competition has attained domestic and international gold labels to become known as the Double Gold Event. Each year, tens of thousands of runners from all over the world grace Mountain City and the Yangtze River with their passion and speed.
Soon, the first edition of the Chengdu-Chongqing Twin City Film Festival and third Avant-Garde Cinematic Art Festival will be held online and offline through live broadcasts, recordings, and linkage between venues in the two cities.
It will attract more than 300 domestic and foreign-produced films and the participation of 30,000 moviegoers. The event has stimulated tourism, business, entertainment, catering, accommodation, transportation, and other industries to the tune of tens of millions of yuan.
Following the settlement of leading companies such as Huawei, Shugen Internet, and Lihe Science and Technology in Nan’an District, iFlytek entered the South Bank with a planned investment of 1 billion yuan to establish the iFlytek National Military-civilian Integrated Artificial Intelligence Engineering Research Center and Settlements Center. The installation will serve an AI innovation platform themed of the integration between military and civilian applications.
In April this year, Alibaba Group also settled in Nan'an District and established a regional headquarters base covering multiple business sectors including finance, big data, and entertainment.
The China Smart Valley (Chongqing) Science and Technology Park is a leading industry in the west of China, and radiates influence worldwide, as big data and the smart industry continue to develop rapidly.
Nanshan bonsai are listed as intangible cultural heritage and represent a concentrated display of typical Sichuanese forms. They are tended by hand using traditional methods for classical, artistic, and ornamental functions. They are suitable for adorning offices, homes, and gardens.
Tushan kiln is a Song Dynasty art form that reflects their aesthetic philosophies and the wisdom of ancient Ba Country. The classic series of Tushan kiln tea sets combine Song Dynasty aesthetics with modern practicality in perfect balance.
Nan’an ‘Lu’ hotpot is different from the well known traditional version in Chongqing. It originated from horse-drawn caravans long in the past and contains dry ginger and chili spices to dispel cold, humidity, and fatigue. Horsemen carried iron pots on their journeys for cooking as they traveled. Lu Hot pot has now become the most unique representative of hot pot in Nan’an District.
Qixiang peanuts adopt strict and unique traditional crafts and recipes, with an insistence on seeking new fragrances and tastes. This crisp specialty is loved by customers and has become a Chongqing snack food brand from Longmenhao Street, Nan'an District.
Guangyang Town folk tales is a general term used for folklore and stories told widely in the area. The development of shipping on the upper Yangtze River leads to the prosperity of dock culture in Chongqing. Exotic Stories from distant lands along the river came ashore and merged into the daily lives of people along the banks.
Ganpopo decanted wine is made from brewed glutinous rice and uses a process combining yeast and traditional handiwork. The early germination and production techniques originated from the blend of geography and humanities in Nan’an.
The people of Nanshan love the tradition of eating fresh glutinous rice, making Ganpopo glutinous rice more sweet and delicious under the precipitation of the long history, which is loved by the masses.
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