By Xinyi Li, EDITOR
What are the best things to do for a family in the winter of Chongqing? There are 3 schemes on the schedule by car，hot spring, mountain climbing and outdoor experience for your reference.
Chongqing is famous for “the hot spring capital” in China and even in the world. The city embraces abundant hot spring resources here. In winter, hot springs of the city will promote the quality of the family tour. There are 5 recommended hot springs below (in no particular order):
The Northern Hot Spring is in Beibei District. Additionally, it is along with the Jialing River in the north and leaning Jinyun Mountain in the south. As a national 4A scenic area, it is a hot spring park with the longest history in Chinese history. As a hot spring temple before, it was initially founded in the Southern Dynasties (423) and rebuilt in the Ming Dynasty (1432). In 1927, Lu Zuofu founded Hot Springs Park of Jialing River here. Afterward, he added tourist facilities such as hot springs swimming pool, bathroom and dining room, which was later renamed Chongqing Northern Hot Springs Park. It is an amazing hot spring for the family tour with a long history.
There are 10 springs in the Park, with the daily flowing volume of spring water 5,675 tons. The water temperature ranging from 35°C to 37°C. It belongs to alkalescence sulfuric acid type mineral spring, which is good to the skin, in joints and stomach. Besides, except hot spring water, it also boasts rich natural resources, including Ruhua Cave and abundant unique plant.
Address: West Bank of Wentang Gorge, Jialing River, Beibei District, Chongqing
Self-Driving: Search “Northern Hot Spring Park” through GPS
Public Transport: Take No. 503 Beibei Expressway Air-conditioned Bus at Beibei Bus Station from Jiefangbei and Shangqingsi to the Northern Hot Springs
It is within the Southern Hot Springs Tourist Attraction in the southern suburb of Chongqing, founded in 1927. The Southern Hot Springs Park is 18 kilometers far from Chongqing downtown. In addition, it boasts characteristic buildings full of South Asian style, rich Buddhism and Zen culture and volcano culture. It is a first-class standard park in Chongqing, with its touring area of 20 hectares, with 7 hectares of Water Park and 16 hectares of green land. Besides, there are 4 scenic areas, where there are 121 species, 269 genera and 344 kinds of plants.
There are many cultural relics of the Chinese People’s War of Resistance against Japanese Aggression.
Address: Huaxi Riverside, Nanquan Township, Banan District, Chongqing
Driving: Search “Southern Hot Spring Town” through GPS
Public Transport: Take bus 302 at Jiefangbei Station, or take bus 611 at the railway station, or take a coach at Nanping Bus Station.
Tianci Hot Spring locates near Baishiyi Town, Chongqing. In the meanwhile, it only takes about 10 minutes by car on Chengyu Expressway. It provides you with affordable price and complete facilities and has become very popular among the people. Moreover, it is a high-grade hot springs leisure and vacation tourist area in Chongqing. Also, it has more than 100 outdoor and indoor hot springs, which all have different features.
The spring is from 3 kilometers deep from the earth’s core with tens-of-thousands-of-years’ mineralization age. The water temperature is as high as 57℃ and the flowing height reaches 100 meters. Besides, it is rich in metasilicic acid, metaboric acid, as well as various kinds of microelement. These elements are favorable for human health such as sulfur, calcium, magnesium, strontium, and fluorine. Therefore, it is also referred to as “Magnesium Strontium Hot Springs”. The National Mine Management and Health Department also named it as “Medical Hot Mineral Springs” because of its unique medical effects on the nervous system, digestive system, cardiovascular system, and skin diseases, beauty, and fitness, and so on.
Address: No. 1, Tianci Hot Springs, Hangu Industrial Development Zone, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing
Driving: Search “Tianci Hot Spring” through GPS
Tongjing Hot Spring is within Tongjing Scenic Area in northern Chongqing, near the Tongjing Gorge. It owns “The Best Tongjing Hot Springs in the World” because of the “Little Three Gorges” landscape. Additionally, it has the largest and most concentrated natural hot springs group in the national 4A scenic areas. There are 25 natural hot springs in Tongjing, with water temperature ranging from 20℃-30℃, with the maximum of 62℃, and daily flowing volume being 30,000 tons. The water has calcium sulfate mineral springs, rich in various components and microelements such as barium, fluorine, calcium sulfate and metasilicic acid, and so on. The content of strontium reaches 15.91mg/L, boasting excellent medical and healthcare effects among the hot spring water there.
Its floor area is 17,500 square meters, with 9,500 square meters of gardens and 8,000 square meters of housing construction, including outdoor swimming pools for adults and children, indoor couple pools and parking lots.
Address: Yulin Riverside, eastern Yubei District, Chongqing
Driving: Search “Tongjing Hot Spring” through GPS, Jiangbei – Hongqihegou – Airport – Yufeng Mountain – Shichuan – Tongjing Hot Springs
Public Transport: Take bus 612 at Chaotianmen (6 shuttles each day), or take a coach at Chongqing North Bus Station (RMB 13 to 15 per person)
Eastern Hot Springs Hot Cave is located in the southern foothill of Muer Mountain and is one of the four famous springs (Eastern, Southern, Western and Northern Hot Springs). It is popular in Bayu and is formed due to karst valley terrain. It is one of the three famous hot caves in the world. In the 100-plus-meter long cave, the constant temperature is 43°C, and there are various kinds of the cave with different diameters, larger than high and spacious halls, or smaller than low and narrow valleys. There are two hot springs, with spring water flowing continuously. The Hot Cave can be used for bath, including steam bath and water bath, thus it is also known as the “natural sauna”.
Address: No. 3, Foling Street, Dongquan Town, Banan District, Chongqing
Driving: Search “Eastern Hot Spring Town” through GPS, Jiangbei International Airport through Outer Ring Highway – Yinglong through Nanfu Road – Mudongsanqiaowan – Eastern Hot Springs
Public Transport: Jiangbei International Airport – Nanping – Eastern Hot Springs
In winter, mountain climbing is a compulsory course for people who like exercises and prefer to train their children on weekend. Here, we only recommend Shengdeng Mountain in Banan District, which is the only one-hour range of driving to the main city of Chongqing. It is the best destination for mountain climbing, learning, nature-cultivation, fitness and touring, and nature photography. It boasts dense trees and various kinds of plants, including more than 120 species such as Pinaceae and Taxodiaceae, as well as centuries-old ancient woods and other rare trees.
You will enjoy a brilliant mountain climbing experience owing to the unique landform here. As most of the paths are open on rocks and bold cliffs, visitors need to use their hands and feet to pass, so as to feel the fun of steep paths and experience the meaning of “mountain climbing”. Shengdeng Mountain is an incredible place for the family tour to exercise, experiencing the nature in a close range.
Tour mode: free touring, summer leisure, mountain climbing for fitness, family weekend tour
Public transportation: Take coach at Nanping Bus Station to Yudong, and transfer another coach at Yuhu Intersection Bus Station, Yudong to Shengdeng Mountain. The whole journey is 46 kilometers.
Departing time from Yudong to Shengdeng Mountain: 6:10 am to 4:00 pm
Departing time from Shengdeng Mountain to Yudong: 6:00 am to 3:00 pm
In winter, in addition to playing with snow, hot springs and mountain climbing, outdoor tour experience is another best option. It is also very good to travel with your children on weekend. Here are 2 places for your reference.
It is located in Fengdu County, Chongqing, and has a vertical height of more than 900 meters from the valley bottom and a width of 1.5 meters, with steep terrain and bold cliffs up to the sky and flying over the valley. Lianhua Mountain Liantian Walkway is 18 kilometers far from Fengdu County, with an average altitude of 1,100 meters, the average annual temperature at 23℃, and forest coverage rate of 80%. It has the honored title of “Natural Oxygen Bar” owing to its pleasant environment, and “Flower Sea in Four Seasons” owing to its unique geological landscape. Based on the simple rural customs, it is an original, pure and natural rural leisure resort area which integrates sightseeing, experience, learning, leisure, entertainment, health maintenance, and vacation.
Here, you can experience wonderful, brilliant and steep views, and feel the unique scenery of nature. Besides, you can also enjoy the scenery of the entire Dragon River, as well as the panoramic view of the entire Fengdu County.
Accommodation: Forest Wooden House, Forest Oxygen Bar
Food: Farm vegetables, roasted whole lamb and barbecue.
Recommended projects: Outdoor projects such as Cliff Glass Walkway, 5D Glass Suspension Bridge, Cliff Swing, Cliff Climbing Via Ferrata, Colorful Grass Skiing, Outdoor-Fishing, Live CS, Jungle Crossing.
WOTP has implemented the new concept of Cliff Scenic Site on the base of the City of Sky. Demonstrated from Renmin Daily on 12 Sep., the 18 meters swing on the cliff was exclaimed for most tourists. The new swing is upgraded to be 21 meters that you could imagine fly the swing from 7 floors high to the sky. The glass ladder was opened with the new program, if you walk on it, you could experience the dizzying footage. Besides that, the other good program for thrill-seeker is the cliff ladder, which is the 1st outdoor rock climbing in southwest China with a sheer drop of 300 meters (1000 feet) cliff is under feet.
Sky Gallery: it is located in the core area of the Top 8 High-Altitude Challenge Projects of the Dream Ordovician Theme Park, and is suspended hundreds of meters high above the steep cliffs, and is more than 80 meters extruding these cliffs. It is in “A” shape, and its surface is paved with transparent glasses, which are narrowed from inside to outside. Visitors can enjoy the magnificence of the beautiful sky and the mountains while standing on it.
Source: Chongqing Tourism Information