By Xinyi Li, iChongqing
Chongqing – Since Chongqing becomes more and more famous in China, even around the world, there are many things to explore here in this city. This article will give a five-day route of the trip to have fun in Chongqing. This route will begin with a famous ancient battlefield, passes the downtown Chongqing, to green nature. In addition, it will present things of Hechuan Diaoyu Fortress, Hongya Dong, Three Gorges Museum, Huguang Guild Hall of Chongqing, Jiefang Bei, Ordovician Theme Park, Heishan Gu, and Jinfo Mountain.
For the first day, the ancient battlefield is recommended to you. With the trip, you can experience how ancient Chongqing fought for a better life.
As a national emphasis cultural relic unit, the Diaoyu Fortress is one of the 10 cultural symbols in Chongqing, covering 2.5 km2. It is also an ancient battlefield. There was a battle for the defense of Diaoyu Fortress, “Siege of Diaoyu Castle” in 1259. On the one hand, was the final battle between the Song Empire and the Mongolian army. On the other hand, it was a battle, which changed the history of China and the world.
Address: Hechuan District
Transportation: Chongqing Ring Expressway – Lanzhou-Haikou Highway (G75) – Hechuan Diaoyu Fortress
Open hours: 8:00-17:00
Price: RMB 60/person
After touring learning about the war history about Chongqing, you can go back to downtown Chongqing. Meanwhile, people love to have mi fen (rice noodles) and Hechuan roupian (pork) in Hechuan District, and it is really famous in Chongqing. You can sightsee Hongya Dong at night, to experience the stilted buildings and antique buildings in downtown Chongqing.
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.
Address: Cangbai Road, Yuzhong District
Transportation: Hechuan Diaoyu Fortress – Lanzhou-Haikou Highway (G75) – Yuzhong District – Hongya Dong
Recommended visiting time: about two hours, and it is better to visit at night
Open hours: all day
It has the 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. Also, you can choose a hotel near Hongya Dong in Yuzhong District. In addition, it is better to choose a hotel faces to the river, enjoying the night skyline in Chongqing.
There are many other spots for visitors to learn about the city. To get a general impression here, Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum is a good beginning to tour the city, and also good for the morning.
Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing (Chongqing Museum) was founded in 1951 as Southwest Museum. It was renamed in June 1955 as Chongqing Museum, and again in September 2000 as China Three Gorges Museum in Chongqing (Chongqing Museum) with the permission of the General Office of the State Council of China.
Address: 236 Renmin Road, Da XiGou, Yuzhong District
Transportation: CRT Line 3 to Niu Jiaotuo Station
Recommended visiting time: about three hours
Open hours: 9:00-17:00（Closed on Monday）
After having an overall impression of Chongqing, you can have lunch near the museum. In order to experience the local life in Chongqing, you can find a xiao mian (Chongqing noodles) restaurant near there. In the afternoon, Huguang Guild Hall of Chongqing is suitable for you to experience the intangible cultural heritage of Chongqing.
Chongqing is a city of immigrants, there was large-scale immigration in the seventeenth century came to Chongqing. Additionally, Huguang Guild Hall of Chongqing is a gathering place for immigrants from 8 provinces in China. Obviously, the decoration style of the building has features of the Ming Dynasty, for business and entertainment.
Address: Changjiang Binjiang Road, Yuzhong District
Transportation: CRT line 6 or line 1 to Xiaoshizi Station, and then walk there. Take bus NO. 120 to Wanglong Men Station.
Recommended visiting time: about three hours
Open hours: 8:30-18:00
Price: RMB 30/person
In addition, there are Sichuan Opera in the Huguang Guild Hall of Chongqing at 15:30 each day. After the opera, you can walk through tall modern buildings, visit the spirit of Chongqing – Jiefang Bei.
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
Moreover, there are streets for foodies in Jiefang Bei (the place), providing you with an unforgettable experience with Chongqing food here! You can find almost every kind of food there, from snacks to a big meal. When the night falls, you can relax at the hotel, which can be the same one as the previous night.
For this day, you are ready to play the heartbeat in Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park. It is in Wansheng District, becoming an exciting and breathtaking activity. Tianluo (river snails) with chilies is recommended, tasting spicy but stimulate your taste buds indeed. In addition, baochao shuangcui (stir-fired gizzard and squid) tastes crisp and is popular with local people.
Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park (abbreviated as WOTP below) has upgraded its installations to prepare for the upcoming mid-autumn festival holiday. As WOTP’s see-through bridge delights the tourism of Wansheng and eventually became popular on Chinese social media. The site is significantly recommended for thrill-seekers as it would impress and terrifies visitors at the same time.
Address: Wansheng District
Transportation: downtown city – Inner-city Highway – Jieshi – Chongqing-Qianjiang highway – Qijiang highway – Wansheng – Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park
Open hours: from April to August: 8:30-18:00, September to March of the next year: 9:00-18:00
Price: RMB 220 for adults, RMB 160 for children, the senior, or concession
As you are in Wansheng District, you can find a hotel near Heishan Gu (Black Mountain Valley). Take a deep breath at night and relax yourself to end the day.
As mentioned above, Heishan Gu has the fresh air there in the mountain. Therefore, embracing nature and taking a deep breath are major activities for this day. In the meantime, you can also exercise when you have fun. Additionally, stir-fried eel is a recommended dish at Heishan Gu. Besides, you can also find tianluo (river snails) and baochao shuangcui (stir-fired gizzard and squid) at Heishan Gu.
The 5A scenic area with around 97% forest coverage, 110km from downtown. It is a popular summer resort with crystal clear streams, steep and densely wooded slopes, and serene valleys. The hike passes through two narrow valleys, 13km long, much of which is along planked walkways above the stream. Meanwhile, in one spot it’s possible to reach out almost touch both sides of the canyon, one in Chongqing and the other in Guizhou.
Address: Qianjiang District
Transportation: Wansheng Ordovician Theme Park – provincial highway S414 – Heishan Gu (Black Mountain Valley)
Open hours: 9:00-17:30
Price: RMB 85/person
After touring the Heishan Gu scenic area, you can go to Nanchuan District, and have dinner there. Besides, winter shoots speculation pork and pickled bamboo shoots are recommended food in Nanchuan District. After satisfying your stomach, you can find a hotel to end the day.
This amazing place is full of green plants in summer while it is a giant ski resort in winter. The skyline looks gorgeous under the sunshine in summer. People said that it looked like the golden Buddha. Hence, it is called Jinfo Mountain, meaning the mountain of golden Buddha. Jinfo Mountain is rich in bamboo shoots. Therefore, pork or beef with bamboo shoots are recommended dishes at Jinfo Mountain. Meanwhile, pickled bamboo shoots is another special side dish at Jinfo Mountain.
Jinfo Mountain is a treasure-house of plant gene with many the rare varieties and some 500 kinds of animals. In the meanwhile, the place contains many protected species. Jinfo Mountain is a national 5A tourism scenic spot, features distinct Karst geomorphologic landscape and abundant biological diversity. Therefore, it is listed in World Natural Heritage.
Address: Nanchuan District
Transportation: Heishan Gu (Black Mountain Valley) – provincial highway S414 – provincial highway S204 –Nanchuan-Wansheng Highway (S413) – Nanchuan Jinfo Mountain
Open hours: 8:00-18:30, the cableway closes at 17:30 （Not admission later than 16:00）
Price: RMB 150/person
If you end the trip relatively early, you can go back to downtown Chongqing. Otherwise, you can live in a hotel to take a break.