Hongyadong has witnessed the tides of history and weathered the centuries to blossom into the huge tourist attraction it is today. Until around merely 20 years ago, Hongyadong was home to the working class of Chonqing and its distinctive stilted buildings (unique to Southwestern China).
After a renovation in the 90s, the spirit of Chongqing’s hardworking people has been kept in a new dazzling form. Visitors can enjoy the unique multi-level Chongqing-style architecture of centuries before, while shopping, eating and playing, all the while being swept away by the breathtaking riverside views of the city, and of Hongyadong itself – which has been lit up with a thousand lights.
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. Hongyadong is one of the representative urban tourist areas with three-dimensional (3D) landscapes.
Hongyadong also named Hongya Gate before, which was one of the oldest gates in Chongqing in the past. It is located at Cangbai Road, which is the intersection riverside zone of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. The incredible place has another name of “a stilted building on the cliff, and the old Chongqing in memories”. In the meanwhile, it is an eye-catching building community featured with Bayu culture.
Meanwhile, the major landscapes at Hongyadong are stilted buildings and imitation antique buildings. The collection of buildings cover 46 thousand m2. As a unique “pedestrian street in the air”, Hongyadong becomes an integrated area of sightseeing and recreation. Additionally, many people said that it had the silhouette of the Spirited Away, from Miyazaki Hayao, especially at night. There are 11 floors here. The lights will illuminate Hongyadong from 6 o’clock in the afternoon and lights out at 10 o’clock at night.
Attractive Views on the Top of Hongyadong
The top of Hongyadong is a square as well as an urban veranda. It allows 1,000 visitors to enjoy views at the same time. Moreover, from the urban veranda, visitors can get a sweeping view of the bustling Jiefangbei and a charming river.
Meanwhile, there are groups of sculptures at the square, on the top of Hongyadong. Basically, inspiration from most sculptures is from the details of life, presenting how Chongqing people lived in the past. The major sculpture is “Jiyi Shancheng”, which refers to “the reminiscence of the mountain city” in English. It is 13 meters high and 8 meters wide, made of brass. This sculpture is the art form of stilted buildings located on the cliff, showing visitors the riverside amorous feelings of old Chongqing.
A Piece of Green in the Modern City
There was a group of trees in the past, which made Hongyadong look all gree. A creek arrived at Hongyadong, after converging other small creeks, forming a small waterfall. During the rain-free period, the water became drops, dripping from the cliff. Therefore, the name came out – Hongya Dicui, which means water under the greenery at Hongyadong. Many famous poets described this beautiful place in the past, such as Su Shi, Huang Tingjian and so on.
1. Take bus line 111, 151, 181, 262, 466, 881, 866, and get off at Linjiangmen Station.
2. Take city sightseeing bus line t480, and get off at Jiabin Road Hongyadong (Hongya Cave) Station.
1. Take subway line 2 and get off at Linjiangmen Station; leave from Exit A and walk eastward along Linjiang Road for about 700 meters (750 yards) to Hongyadong (Hongya Cave).
2. Take subway line 1 or line 6 and get off at Xiaoshizi Station; use Exit 6 and walk northward along Cangbai Road for about 700 meters (750 yards) to the stilt house.