Yubei District

Yubei District lies in the north of the main urban area of Chongqing. It’s where Chongqing Liangjiang New Area is located, which introduces China (Chongqing) Pilot Free Trade Zone, China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiatives on Strategic Connectivity, the bonded port area, Chongqing–Xinjiang–Europe international railway, etc. It is the base for the largest automobile manufacturing in Chongqing, the key intelligent terminal production as well as import and export. It is a district that has the biggest economic volume in Chongqing, the most developed platform and the strongest location advantage.
Area: 1452km²
Population: 1,600,000

Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County

Youyang Tujia and Miao Autonomous County is located in the meeting point of Chongqing, Hubei Province, Hunan Province and Guizhou Province. There are 17 ethnic minority groups in the county. It is rich in tourism resources such as Wujiang Hundred-miles Gallery, the National 5A class tourism spot Youyang Taohuayuan Scenic Area, and Chongqing Jinyin Mountain National Forest Park. The County is the hometown of Tujia hand dance in China.
Area: 5173km²
Population: 860,400

Fengjie County

Fengjie County is located in the east of Chongqing. Fengjie produces a variety of local specialties such as citrus, and thus is called “The Orange Capital of China”. Located in the Three Gorges Tourism “Golden Triangle” with beautiful natural and cultural landscape, it is a famous tourist destination both at home and abroad. Qutang Gorge is 8 km long and runs from Baidi Town of Fengjie county to Daxi Town of Wushan County. Near the county is Kuimen, which is the shortest, the narrowest and the most magnificent part in the three Gorges of the Yangtze River.
Area: 4087km²
Population: 1,066,300

Wuxi County

Wuxi County is located in the northeast of Chongqing. It stands at the meeting point of Chongqing, Shanxi Province and Hubei Province and is influenced by Qin, Ba and Chu cultures of ancient times. Sitting at the southern slopes of the central Daba Mountains, it exemplifies mountain region agriculture. Hongchiba National Forest Park is within the county, which is the largest mountain meadow in southern China.
Area: 4030km²
Population: 520,000

Pengshui Miao and Tujia Autonomous County

Pengshui Miao and Tujia Autonomous County is located in the southeast of Chongqing, on the lower reaches of the Wujiang River. The county has 11 ethnic minority groups including Miao and Tujia. It is the only county with Miao majority in Chongqing and is the hometown of Chinese folk culture and silver ornaments made by ethnic minority groups. The county is rich in minerals and fishery resources.
Area: 3903km²
Population: 703,000

Yunyang County

Yunyang County is located in the northeast of Chongqing, alongside the Yangtze River - it’s an important pivot point in the Yangtze River Economic Belt. The national 5A class tourist attraction Yunyang Dragon Jar National Geopark and the Zhangfei Temple are in the county. It is rich in agricultural products such as Chinese wood oil, sericulture, tea, citrus, and an abundant Chinese Herbs.
Area: 3649km²
Population: 1,370,000

Wanzhou District

Wanzhou District is a district on the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River, bordering Sichuan Province to the northwest and Hubei Province to the southeast. It has a strong economy and is the biggest district in Chongqing. It has one of the top 10 ports on the Yangtze River. A variety of cultures including Ba and Chu Culture, commercial port culture and poetry culture co-exist here.
Area: 3,457 km²
Population: 1,760,000

Wushan County

Wushan County is located in the east of Chongqing, known as the “Gateway to Northeast Chongqing”. The Daxi Cultural Relics with 5000 years history in the county dates back to Neolithic times. It has abundant tourist resources with the Three Gorges traversing the county, and boasts rich industrial mineral deposits and high-quality agricultural sideline products.
Area: 2,958 km²
Population: 630,000

Fuling District

Fuling District is a district in the geographical center of Chongqing, being at the confluence of the Yangtze and Wu Rivers. It belongs to the Yangtze River Economic Zone. Fuling’s zhacai, a spicy pickled mustard tuber, is its signature dish. Fuling was once the capital city of the State of Ba in the Spring and Autumn Period (approximately 771–476 BC).
Area: 2,942.34 km²
Population: 1,140,000

Fengdu County

Fengdu County is located in the geographic center of Chongqing. The Fengdu Ghost Town is a tourist attraction built in the concept of Chinese mythology and Buddhism, which was built over 1800 years ago. The Snow Jade Cave here is a wondrous labyrinth of stalactites and underground streams which attracts a large number of tourists all year round.
Area: 2900.86km²
Population: 842,900

Shizhu Tujia Autonomous County

Shizhu Tujia Autonomous County is located in the east of Chongqing, on the south bank of the Yangtze River. The county, known as “Home to Huanglian”, exports the precious Chinese herb Huanglian to Southeast Asia. It has famous scenic spots such as the millennial ancient temple “Ginkgo Hall” and the summer resort Huangshui National Forest Park.
Area: 3012.51km²
Population: 546,588

Xiushan Tujia and Miao Autonomous County

Xiushan Tujia and Miao Autonomous County is the southeast gateway of Chongqing and is an important tourist and material distribution center in Wuling Mountain area. It bridges the east and south of Chongqing and is the pivot point of the New Silk Road; an important section connecting Zhu River Delta, Yangtze River Delta and Chongqing-Chengdu Economic Circle. Xiushan Lantern Performance is in a form of folk songs and dances which is very popular in the county.
Area: 2462km²
Population: 660,000

Qianjiang District

Qianjiang District is located at the border of Chongqing, Hubei Province, Hunan Province and Guizhou Province. It’s nicknamed “the throat of Chongqing and Hubei Province”. The 74.5% of the population are Miao and Tujia people (ethnic minority groups). It has a very advanced transportation infrastructure including railway, highway, water and air transportation. It boasts rich natural resources such as ore and a variety of unique agricultural products. All of these make it a wonderful place to visit.
Area: 2,402 km²
Population: 554,000

Zhong County

Zhong County is located in the middle of Chongqing. It is one of the main areas where the Ba culture 0f 3000 years originated. Relying on the Three Gorges International Golden Tourism Belt, it has become an international tourist resort. It is called "Chinese Citrus city" because of the rich production of citrus.
Area: 2187 km²
Population: 1,000,000

Liangping District

Liangping District is located in the northeast of Chongqing - it has accelerated the construction of characteristic industrial clusters of ecological plastics, integrated circuits, intelligent manufacturing and green food processing. Its food brands such as Liangping Pomelo and Zhang Duck are very popular.
Area: 1892 km²
Population: 930,000

Dianjiang County

Dianjiang County is located in the northeast of Chongqing. It is titled to "Millennium Ancient County", which is recognized by the United Nations Group of Experts on Geographical Names (UNGEGN). It is the hometown of calligraphy, painting and bronze tube music. There are the world’s largest ancient castle Heyouping, Eastern Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD) rock tombs, rock carvings and other cultural relics. It is a county with modern agriculture, high-quality fruit and grains on the middle and upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
Area: 1518km²
Population: 950,000

Tongnan District

Tongnan District is located in the northwest of Chongqing. It is an important pivot point of the Chengdu-Chongqing economic belt and is the hometown of Chinese folk culture and art (Tai’an fish, lion dance). It boasts rich tourist resources such as the Shuangjiang Ancient Town, the longest man-made canal in the southwest, and the well-preserved ancient houses of Qing Dynasty (1644–1912).
Area: 1583km²
Population: 1030,000

Yongchuan District

Yongchuan District is located in the west of Chongqing. Both the Chengdu-Chongqing freeway and railway have stops in the district, making it easy to go to other cities. It’s the center of transportation, commerce, culture, finance and energy for the west of Chongqing and the southeast of Sichuan. There are many pleasant tourist attractions such as the Tea Mountain and Bamboo Forest, the largest theme park “Le He Le Du” in the central and western part of Chongqing and Chongqing Safari Park.
Area: 1576km²
Population: 1,120,000

Dazu District

Dazu District is located in the west of Chongqing. It is in the heart of Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone, which is an important pivot point for the development of Chengdu-Chongqing Economic Zone. It is where the famous Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, is located.
Area: 1436km²
Population: 1,060,000

Changshou District

Changshou District is located in the central part of Chongqing; The beautiful Changshou Lake lies in the district. The breathtaking views all around make it a pleasant tourist resort. It is the land transportation hub and an important port on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, where the 10.000-ton fleet can reach the district by water all year round. It is the key development area for industries, the modern agricultural base and the regional logistics center.
Area: 1424km²
Population: 900,000

Wulong District

Wulong District, known as “the door of Chongqing and Guizhou Province”, is located on the lower reaches of the Wujiang River in the southeast of Chongqing. It enjoys the tiles of “World Natural Heritage”, “National 5A Class Tourism Scenic spot” and “National Tourist Resort”. Wulong Karst Tourist Area attracts a huge number of tourists all year round
Area: 2901.3km²
Population: 410,000

Rongchang District

Rongchang District is in the west of Chongqing. It is in the strategic hinterland of Chengdu -Chongqing Economic Zone. It is known for charming folk handicrafts such as Rongchang grass cloth, Rongchang pottery and Rongchang fold fan. Rongchang Pig is an internationally recognized precious pig species resource.
Area: 1077km²
Population: 850,000

Kaizhou District

Kaizhou District is located in the northeast of Chongqing. It is home to Liu Bocheng who is one of the 10 Grand Marshals of China and also the birthplace of many poets in Tang Dynasty (618–907). There are rich natural resources such as coal mine gas and natural gas.
Area: 3959 km²
Population: 1,684,300

Chengkou County

Chengkou County,on the northeast edge of Chongqing, is located at the meeting point of Sichuan Province, Shanxi Province and Chongqing. Influenced by Bashu, Sanqin and Chu-Tian cultures of ancient times, it is the cradle for folk songs and stories, flower-drums, lion dance, stick dance, boat dance, etc.
Area: 3289.06km²
Population: 250,000

Nanchuan District

Nanchuan District is located in the south of Chongqing. It is becoming a regional comprehensive transportation hub in the south of Chongqing and the north of Guizhou Province. It is one hour’s drive away from the CBD, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, the deep water port of the Yangtze River, the bonded port and the railway hub port in Chongqing. It has lush environment. Jinfo Mountain within the district is a World Heritage Site, which attracts a large number of tourists.
Area: 2602 km²
Population: 700,000

Wansheng District

Wansheng District is located in the south of Chongqing. There are 21 ethnic minority groups in the district including Miao and Tujia. The national 4A class tourist spots, Wansheng Stone Forest and Black Valley, are located here, which attract a large number of tourists all year round. It is also a land that boasts rich minerals resources.
Area: 565 km2
Population: 270,000

Qijiang District

Qijiang District is located in the south of Chongqing. It is the home to Chinese farmers’ printmaking. It is a district with rich tourism resources including Black Mountain Valley and Longlin Stone Forest. It boasts abundant natural resources such as minerals and natural gas.
Area:. 2747.8km²
Population: 1,220,000

Ba`nan District

Ba`nan District is located in the south of the main urban area of Chongqing - it is where the ancient State of Ba and its 3000-year culture originated. Surrounded by mountains and rivers, it has high forest coverage and rich hot spring resources. With the national strategic platform, the industrial parks and the modern specialty agriculture, it has gained strong momentum in development.
Area: 1825km²
Population: 1,051,200

Jiangjin District

Jiangjin District is located in the southwest of Chongqing alongside the Yangtze River. The traffic here is well developed. It’s an important shipping hub and material distribution center on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and a modern agricultural demonstration area district with strong traditional industries. The national 5A class tourist spot, Simian Mountain, is located within the district.
Area: 3218km²
Population: 1,500,000

Yubei District

Yubei District lies in the north of the main urban area of Chongqing. It’s where Chongqing Liangjiang New Area is located, which introduces China (Chongqing) Pilot Free Trade Zone, China-Singapore (Chongqing) Demonstration Initiatives on Strategic Connectivity, the bonded port area, Chongqing–Xinjiang–Europe international railway, etc. It is the base for the largest automobile manufacturing in Chongqing, the key intelligent terminal production as well as import and export. It is a district that has the biggest economic volume in Chongqing, the most developed platform and the strongest location advantage.
Area: 1452km²
Population: 1,600,000

Hechuan District

Hechuan District is located in the northwest of Chongqing at the meeting point of the Jialing, Qu and Fu Rivers. It is known by the world because of the famous Fishing City (Diaoyu Fortress) War which changed the battlefield strategy for the rest of Eurasia during the Mongol invasions. It’s the first stop of Chongqing–Xinjiang–Europe International Railway entering into Chongqing, the important pivot point of the Silk Road Economic Belt and the 21st Century Maritime Silk Road.
Area: 2343km²
Population: 1,560,000

Bishan District

Bishan District is located in the western suburbs next to Chongqing main urban area. It is close to Chongqing University City and Xiyong Micro-Electronics Industry Park. It is the district undergoing Chongqing’s industrialization and urbanization. It has a variety of tourist attractions such as Qinglonghu National Forest Park and Xiuhu Park with ancient style Chinese architecture.
Area: 915km²
Population: 635,000

Tongliang District

Tongliang District is located in the northwest of Chongqing. It is the central area of the core economic belt on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It has convenient transportation: 30km away from Xiyong Comprehensive Free Trade Zone, 60km away from the Cuntan container terminal of the Yangtze River and 65 km from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport. It is nicknamed “Dragon Lantern Hometown” and the Dragon Dance enjoys popularity both at home and abroad.
Area: 1340km²
Population: 840,000

Beibei District

Beibei District, one of the main urban districts, is located in the northwest of Chongqing. At the foot of the Jinyun Mountain, alongside the Jialing River, it enjoys high forest coverage and rich hot spring resources. Strong cultural, scientific and educational foundation here makes it a key area for high-tech and emerging industries.
Area: 755 km²
Population: 770,000

Jiangbei District

Jiangbei District, one of the main urban districts, is located on the north bank of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, with a riverside line of 103km. It is the information, financial, cultural and artistic center of Chongqing. Most foreign consulates are located here. It is an integrated transportation hub, a mature commercial and trade center, and a modern manufacturing base of intensive development in Chongqing.
Area: 221km²
Population: 870,000

Yuzhong District

Yuzhong District,one of the main urban districts, is on the upper reaches of Yangtze River. It is the oldest and most relevant part of this city, where the old Bayu Culture lives on today. Surrounded on three sides by water, Yuzhong is effectively a peninsula. Due to its hilly nature, and the fact that it is the main central business district for Chongqing, Yuzhong contains some of the tallest skyscrapers in China and is the most densely populated district in Chongqing.
Area: 23.24 km²
Population: 659,000

Nan`an District

Nan`an District, one of the main urban districts, is located on the south bank of the Yangtze River. Leaning on the Nanshan Mountain, with an overview of the Yangtze River, it gets breathtaking sceneries. Nanbin Road alongside the Yangtze River offers a variety of leisure activities such as sightseeing, catering and shopping. Chongqing Technological Economic Development Area (south bank), CBD Development Area (south bank) and Chongqing International Convention and Exhibition Center are located in the district.
Area: 265km²
Population: 700,000

Shapingba District

Shapingba District is located in the west of the main urban area of Chongqing. The popular tourist attraction, Ciqikou Ancient Town, is located here. Influenced by Bayu Culture of ancient times, and Shaci and Hongyan Alliance Cultures during World War II, it is the educational, scientific and cultural center of Chongqing, with University Town lying in the west of the district.
Area: 396.2km²
Population: 1,000,000

Jiulongpo District

Jiulongpo District is located in the southwest of the main urban area of Chongqing. It is an important part of the Yuzhong Peninsula surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Its economy is well developed with vigorous development in commerce and trade, industries as well as logistics.
Area: 432km²
Population: 1,200,000

Dadukou District

Dadukou District, one of the main urban districts, is in the southwest of Chongqing, It lies between the Zhongliang and Tongluo Mountains and is surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. It’s an emerging district where new industries are developing quite fast as well as a pleasant district with a high-quality life.
Area: 103km²
Population: 340,000

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One-Day City Tours in Chongqing

By Xinyi Li, iChongqing

Chongqing-Chongqing is an ancient city of more than 3,000 years. In modern time, there are still old buildings here which can bring you back to the old times.

For the one-day trip, several urban places are recommended. In the morning, Ciqikou Ancient Town is a great choice, to taste the life on the spicy side.

Chongqing Ciqikou Ancient Town

Ciqikou is an ancient village set on the side of the Jialing River, one of the two rivers that run through the heart of Chongqing. The town was first known as Baiyan Courtyard during the Song dynasty (approximately 700 years ago) where an emperor lived in seclusion. Later on, the village named as Longyin town that indicates the dragon (refers to the  Jianwen Emperor) lives in isolation.

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A whole look of Ciqikou Ancient Town

It is a small ancient town with rich cultural identities including traditional Szechuan Opera stage, old tea lounge, and it has a water gate where lots of historical stories happened.

Several hundred years later, in the Ming dynasty, the small village became famous as a trading wharf for chinaware.  Thus, since then it has been known as Ciqikou which means “gateway for chinaware”, and has retained the charm of a riverside village in Southwest China, bringing in hundreds of thousands of tourists yearly.

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Traditional Sichuan Opera stage in Ciqikou

Address: Ciqikou Street, Shapingba District

Transportation: take CRT line 1 to Ciqikou Station. Take bus NO. 220/843/202/237 to Ciqikou Station, or take bus NO. 234/467/805 to Tongjiaqiao Station, and then walk there.

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Moreover, unique Chongqing food is everywhere in the ancient town. Visitors can have lunch there inside the old town. Street Cuisine of Chongqing is on the must-eat list. After launch, visitors can take the CRT to Yuzhong District.  This CRT line is notable for a station that goes through a building.

Liziba CRT Station

Liziba Station is one of the most famous public transport stations of Chongqing and even of all around China. Here the monorail goes through a residential building and stops inside because the station locates exactly on the 6th and the 7th floor of this block.

Having received a large number of tourists, a stand-by road is not enough for visitors who crowd here and just want to take a photo of the train passing through the building.

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The CRT train is going though the building

The is a viewing platform there, dividing the place into several sections, including a drop-off point for tourist bus, a photographing area, a viewing area, and a footpath. The whole viewing platform covers 1,500 m2, of which 840 square meters are for tourists to take photos.

Address: Lizibba, Yuzhong District

Transportation: take CRT line 2 to Liziba Station

Open hours: 6:40-22:40

Price: the price starts at RMB 2/person. Depending on the distances you travel, the price changes.

Along with the CRT line 2, visitors will arrive Linjiang Men Station with it. Yuzhong District is the cultural area as well as a commercial center. There, visitors can sightsee the Liberty Monument (also known as Jiefang Bei).

Jiefang Bei (The Liberty Monument)

Jiefangbei (The Liberty Monument), located in the center of the downtown Chongqing, was first built in 1940. Today, Jiefangbei is dwarfed by the city’s skyline, foodie’s street, shopping malls, business, and entertainments.

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The Liberty Monument at night

Nevertheless, it is always the spiritual symbol of the Chinese people’s fight against invaders and the great contributions to world peace.

It’s a major landmark and key attraction in Chongqing. Every year it acts as a gathering place for people on Christmas and New Year’s Eve, whereas thousands of colorful balloons are released to the sky at midnight. This is definitely the most popular place for New Year’s Eve celebration.

Address: Jiefangbei, Yuzhong District

Transportation: Take CRT line 6 to Xiaoshizi Station or line 2 to Linjiang Men, and then walk there.

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Walking through the forest of buildings, visitors can find one old transportation in Jiefang Bei. Yangtze River Cable Way is a special method to enjoy the river and city viewing on the air.

Chongqing Yangtze River Cableway

Chongqing  Yangtze River Cableway, one of the fewest of its kind, is a cable car stretching across the Yangtze River that runs through the city. Whisking visitors high in the sky across the mountain metropolis, it is a symbol of the city, an inspiration for filmmakers and a must-do in Chongqing.

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Chongqing Yangtze River Cableway in transit under the sunset

The Yangtze River Cableway was designed and manufactured in China, the length is 1166 meters, it connects Yuzhong and Nan`an districts from Xinhua Road in Jiefangbei to Shangxin Street in Danzishi. The speed of the cableway is 6 meters per second, and the whole tour takes 4 minutes.

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The cableway across the river at night

Address: the northern station is at 151 Xinhua Road, Jiefangbei, Yuzhong District, and the southern station is at 4 Shangxin Road, Nan’an District

Transportation: CRT or public buses are all available to both stations.

To northern station: take CRT line 6 to Xiaoshizi Station, and then walk there. Or take bus NO. 153 to Xinhua Station.

To southern station: take CRT line 6 to Shangxin Station, and then walk there. Or take bus NO. 373/354 to Longmenhao Station.

Opening Hour: 7:30-22:30

Price: RMB 20/person for the one-way trip, RMB 30/person for the round-way trip

As mentioned above, the Yangtze River Cable Way is one kind of transportation. Therefore, it can help visitors cross the river. If you choose the one-way trip, then you can have fun at Nanbin Road. There is a shopping mall there so that it is convenient for visitors to seek food for dinner. Meanwhile, the night skyline is gorgeous at Nanbin Road.

However, if you choose a round-way trip for the Yangtze River Cable Way, you will come back to Yuzhong District. In addition, you can walk through the stilted buildings in Hongya Dong there. Furthermore, you can experience the two-river cruise in Chaotian Men at night, enjoying skyline on the water.

The Nightlife in Nanbin Road

Chongqing has an incredible skyline. The skyline of Chongqing looks like something out of a video game or sci-fi film, but it is very real and has been attracting huge crowds ever since the world found out about China’s secret metropolis.

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The colorful lights of buildings in Nanbin Road

The night viewing of Nanbinlu Road enjoys a really great reputation. If a traveler asks where you can best view the skyline, the answer is Nanbinlu Road due to its unique geographic location. The night viewing is particularly magnificent when the buildings built along the river are set off by the scenery.

In all seasons, travelers are bound to see the beautiful cityscape in Nanbinlu Road at sunset when the lights go on. Standing on the river bank, travelers will not only see many boats but also hear a blast of a whistle.

Nanbin Park is one of the biggest riverside parks in China which owns 6 continuous parks distributed along the Nanbinlu Road and Yangtze River. For instance, Xiajiang Kaibu (The Western power’s port on the Yangtze River valley) and Yuwang Yizong (The relic of Yu the Great) -each of the six parks represent a notable story or legend. Travelers can spend nearly 2 hours to walk around the park, or they can ride a bicycle to sightsee.

Restaurants locate Nanbinlu Road, providing the dining for visitors, and hot pot, street cuisine, and xiao mian (Chongqing noodles) can be found there. Otherwise, there are also bars and tea houses along the Nanbinlu road, where can serve a place to not only catch the night lights but also relax. The local often play Mahjong (a kind of table game) in these riverside tea houses as well as enjoy the night viewing.

Address: Nanbin Road, Nan’an District

Transportation: take bus NO. 376/321/304/354 to Gangkou Hospital, NO. 318/320 to Haitang Xi, or NO. 872 to Sihai Intersection

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Hongya Dong

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.

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Stilted buildings with Chongqing characteristics

Hongyadong also named Hongya Gate before, which was one of the old est 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.

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Hongyadong has the silhouette of the Spirited Away, from Miyazaki Hayao

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.

Address: Cangbai Road, Yuzhong District

Transportation: CRT line 1 or 6 to Xiaoshizi Station, or CRT line 2 to Linjiangmen Station. Take bus NO. 111, 112, 114 to Hongyadong Station or take NO. 105 to Xiaoshizi Station.

Open hours: all day

Price: Free

Two-River Cruise in Chaotian Men

The best way to really learn about Chongqing is the Two-River Cruise, with an unforgettable experience in viewing the cityscape of Chongqing – especially at night. Tow-River Cruise refers to the Yangtze River and the Jialing riverboat cruises, and it is one of the most distinctive symbols of Chongqing.  In 2017, it has attained the achievement of receiving more than 2 million visitors.

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Two-River Cruise makes you enjoy the night viewing on the river (Photo by Zhang Binglong)

Since the heart of Chongqing is essentially a peninsula bordered by the Yangtze and Jialing river, its mesmerizing skyline can be viewed from many different angles, on mountains, riverside walks, or even on the river itself in the city’s many cruise ships.

Even without the lights of today, the night viewing here was already well-known in the Qianlong period (25 September 1711 – 7 February 1799).

A: Chaotian Set (2 kinds of boats: Chaotianmen Hull and Chaotiangong Hull)

Price: RMB 199/person

Tour time: 60 minutes

Delivery time: 19:30-22:10 (rolling start,40-50 minutes once, 4 times in total)

B: Jinbi Jiaoyun Set (4 kinds of boats: Jinbi Huanggong Hull (Golden Palace Hull), Jinbi Nvwang Hull (Golden Queen Hull), Jiaoyun Mingzhu Hull (Lucky Jewel Hull), Jiaoyun Mingyue Hull (Lucky Moon Hull))

Price: RMB 158/person

Tour time: 60 minutes

Delivery time: 19:50-22:20 (rolling start, 20 minutes once, 8 times in total)

C: Manjianghong Set (travelers can only take the Manjianghong boat)

Price: RMB 138/person

Tour time: 60 minutes

Delivery time: 19:50 1st, 21:00 2nd, 22:10 3rd

There are performances like Face-changing of Sichuan Opera, Chinese Tea Art and Chuanjiang Haozi on the Chaotian Set, Jinbi Huanggong and Jinbi Nvwang, so travelers can watch the show when they enjoy the night viewing.

The cruise price may be rising in holidays such as National Day (Oct. 1st – Oct. 7th every year) or Spring Festival (the Chinese New Year, changes every year according to the lunar calendar). It is better to book the tickets in advance.

Transportation: take CRT line 6 to Xiaoshizi Station, or take bus NO. 153/866/111 to Xiaoshizi Station

Along with those incredible spots in Chongqing, from daytime to the night, you can find Chongqing is a city with different aspects. This is one classic route for touring Chongqing. You can live in a riverside hotel and comfort yourself to end the day.

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