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|| Chinese Municipality
|| Chinese Renminbi (¥) (CNY)
|| 82,403 km2
|| 28,846,170(2010 est)
|| Official: Mandarin
Dialect: Chongqing Hua
|| 220V/50Hz (US/European plug for 2-pin, Australian plug for 3-pin)
| Time Zone
|| UTC +8
Chongqing (重庆; Chóngqìng), (formerly spelled Chungking), is set to become the most economically important city in West China and is the biggest inland city of the country with plans for even more massive growth.
Chongqing is also the launching point for scenic boat trips down the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges Dam. The Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings are located three hours west of Chongqing City in the outlying Chongqing Municipality and is listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.
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Chongqing (105°17'-110°11' East, 28°10'-32°13' North) is humid year-round, cold December through February and hot June through September.
Chongqing is one of four municipalities in China (large cities that are not part of a province but report directly to the national government, the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin). Chongqing municipality is technically the largest city in China in surface area. While no longer part of Sichuan province since 1997, it was historically and culturally part of it and still shares the same love for hot and spicy food dishes.
Chongqing was temporarily the capital of the Republic of China during World War II, after Nanjing was occupied by the Japanese. The capital was subsequently relocated back to Nanjing after the Japanese surrendered in 1945.
Neighbouring provinces: Hubei (east), Hunan (east), Guizhou (south), Sichuan (west), Shaanxi (north)
Located on the edge of the Yungui Plateau, and surrounded by small green capped mountains, Chongqing City is intersected by the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtze. It contains the Daba Shan in the north, Wu Shan in the east, Wuling Shan in the southeast, and Dalou Mountain to the south.
Chongqing has a monsoon-influenced humid subtropical climate with plenty of rainfall throughout the year, measuring 1.108mm on average. It is one of the least sunniest places in China, with 24% possible sunshine every year. Winters range from chilly to cold (the average January temperature is 7.9°C or 46.2°F) with very small temperature variations, around 4°C (7°F). Nights usually feature lows around 6°C (42°F), near-freezing conditions should be expected though. Lows at or below freezing point are extremely rare, since the Siberian winds don't make it this far south and are blocked by Qin Mountains. Snow is also a very rare occurrence. The lowest temperature ever recorded is -1.8°C (28.7°F). Days usually feature highs around 10°C (50°F). There is a little amount of precipitation during these months. Summers are hot and very humid. Chongqing is actually one of the hottest and least pleasant places in China during summertime. Temperatures almost never fail to reach 30°C (86°F) and occasionally surpass 35°C (95°F). This, combined with very high humidity (74% during August, which is the hottest month) makes the heat sweltering. During heat waves highs may reach 40°C (104°F), so that the highest temperature ever recorded is 43°C (109°F). Spring and autumn are transitional seasons and inarguably the best periods throughout the year to visit Chongqing.
Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) is approximately 21 kilometers northeast of Chongqing in Yubei District. The airport is serving international flights from New York, Los Angeles, London, Helsinki, Rome, Moscow, Dubai, Doha, Seoul, Singapore, Kuala Lumpur, Bangkok, Sydney, Melbourne, Auckland, Tokyo, Osaka, Hong Kong, Taipei, Macau and domestic flights from Beijing, Changchun, Guangzhou, Guiyang, Haikou, Hangzhou, Hefei, Jinan, Jinjiang, Jiuzhaigou, Kunming, Lhasa, Panzhihua, Nanjing, Nanning, Ningbo, Sanya, Shanghai, Shenyang, Shenzhen, Taiyuan, Tianjin, Urumqi, Wenzhou, Wuhan, Xiamen, Xi'an, Yichang, Zhengzhou and Zhuhai. The airport features three terminals (T1, T2 and T3) and three runways, which make it the biggest air hub in western China.
T1 is currently closed for renovation. The re-opening date is yet announced.
T2 - Domestic Flights
Terminal 2 serves four domestic airlines: China West Air, China Express Airlines, Sichuan Airlines and China Spring Airlines. Metro Line 3 and Line 10 connects this terminal to downtown Chongqing. Bus service is also available from the ground level of the terminal. Taxi to downtown Chongqing costs about ¥80.
T3 - Domestic and International Flights
Terminal 3 serves domestic airlines and international airlines, connecting Chongqing to major international cities. Metro Line 10 runs through the transportation hub of T3. There is free airport shuttle service between T3 and T2, which takes approximately 15 minutes for each trip.
Airport Shuttle Bus Airport Shuttle Buses are easily accessible at T2 and T3. Choose from one of two different stops.
There are three major train stations in Chongqing:
- Chongqing Station (Chongqing Zhan - Caiyuanba 重庆站), Cai Yuan Ba Li Jiao Qiao, Yuzhong (Line 1 & 3 Lianglukou Metro Station). Original station closest to the centre of Chongqing. Handles many long distance trains from many destinations across China. Some services are being transferred to Chongqing North Station, due to planned redevelopment of the station. (29.549968,106.548337) edit
- Chongqing North Station (Chongqing Bei Zhan 重慶北站), Kun Lun Da Dao, Yu Bei Qu (Line 3 Chongqing Bei Zhan Metro Station). Recently developed station handling high speed services to/from Chengdu. Many long distance trains to many other cities in China depart and arrive here. (29.605738,106.55081) edit
- Chongqing West Station (Chongqing Xi Zhan 重庆西站), Sha Ping Ba Zhan Dong Lu ShaPingBa Qu (Line 1 Shapingba Metro Station). Originally called Shapingba Station. Limited services to local destination and eastern Sichuan province. Though departures and arrivals are somewhat limited at this station, it is quite useful for trips to nearby destations such as Guiyang or Dazhou. (29.554513,106.46006) edit
Trains arrive daily at the Chongqing station, including the daily T9/T10 express train from/to Beijing, a 25-hour ride.
If arriving from Chengdu, the T88xx express trains provide a 2 hours 30 minutes link between the two cities, there are also a large number of D trains that tale around two hours. Either are the simplest choice of transportation for the two cities.
Long distance buses travel to Chongqing from many places. There are numerous buses into Chongqing, including an hourly service to and from Chengdu, Nanchong, and Xi'an. From the west Chengdu is 2.5 hours and to the east Wanzhou is three hours, both on good highways and good buses.
The main bus / and old rail station is Caiyuanba can be chaotic at times. Many hotels will sell rail tickets.
- Chaotianmen Station, Buses to points eastward (Fuling, Pengshui, Yunyang, etc.)
- Chen Jiaping Station, Buses to the west and in particular towards Sichuan.
The use of bicycles may not be a safe option due to the driving etiquette and custom in the city is generally poor.
First timers to Chongqing should also be warned it is easy to get lost due to the many hills and valleys found within the city.
The bus systems and monorails are advised as the best forms of transportation as they are cheap and efficient.
The first part of Chongqing's new rapid transit system  opened as a monorail in 2005. The system was only useful for getting around in the city center, but major expansions have now linked major railway stations, major shopping districts and the airport, with more extensions under construction. Announcements are made both in Mandarin and English. No smoking is allowed and all services are airconditioned, which is a reason alone to board one from April to September! Don't forget your electronic ticket card to get out of the station. If you overshoot your stop just go to the service counter and add value to your card.
Line 1 Chaotianmen to Daxuecheng, east-west heavy rail metro line. Handy for visiting Ciqikou or Chaotianmen
Line 2 Jiaochangkou to Yudong, original monorail line. Convenient for visiting the Zoo, Yangjiaping CBD, Stilwell Museum, Flying Tigers Exhibit, Peoples Great Hall, Three Gorges Museum and Jiefangbei CBD.
Line 3 Yudong to Jiangbei Airport, is the monorail line running north-south. Convenient for Longtousi Long distance Bus Station, Chongqing North Railway Station, Guanyinqiao CBD, Caiyuanba Railway Station, Sigongli Long Distance Bus Station, Chongqing Garden Expo site and airport.
Line 5 Dalongshan to The EXPO Garden Center, newly opened rail metro line. Handy for visiting the EXPO Garden Center.
Line 6 Beibei/Yuelai to Chayuan, is the second heavy-rail subway, connecting four major city districts. Convenient for visiting International EXPO Center, Happy Valley, Jiangbeizui CBD and Jiefangbei CBD.
Line 10 Liyuchi to Wangjiangzhuang, is the metro line running north-south and connects major transportation hubs including North Railway Station and Jiangbei Int'l Airport.
Buses are frequent and cheap, but unless you can read Chinese you have to know where they are going and choose the right number bus going in the right direction. If you are going to one of the city centres in Chongqing, simply ask each bus if they go there. There are four city centres, so be sure you know the name of the place you want to go to.
The four city centers in Chongqing are called Shapingba (Sandplains)(GPS 29.559900-106.457440) NW part of town and is an academic and university centre, Jiangbei (Northplace)(GPS 29.577000-106.528000), Nanping (Southernplains) (GPS 29.530531-106.561379) and Jiefangbei (GPS 29.560454-106.573400), which is one of the oldest centres and a shopping centre and near Chaotianmen harbour where there are lots of small markets and shops (often called the "fleamarkets" locally)(GPS 29.566742-106.583977).
The bus station in Shapingba is at GPS 29.559300-106.455450. There are two bus stations in Jiefangbei, south and west of the monument. There are two bus stations in Jiangbei near the pedestrian street.
Taxis in Chongqing are bright yellow small sized Suzuki sedans. They are relatively cheap, though more than similar cities due to a strong taxi union (starting at ¥10 and ¥2.0/km, ¥11 and ¥2.3/km after midnight) and can be easily found 24 hours a day. Few drivers speak anything but Mandarin, so you must know where you are going. Either have your destination written for you in Chinese, learn how to say it, or be able to direct the driver. A good way to use taxis is to gather cards from hotels, then simply show the driver the one you want to go to or is nearest to your destination.
Caution: Empty Taxis are hard to find on extremely hot days. It is advisable to seek alternative transportation or stay indoors. The reason is due to the fact that most Taxis have A/C running thus making more frequent stops to the natural gas station. Added to the fact that there aren't many natural gas stations around and the pump pressure is frequently inadequate, most taxis will be stranded lining up for gas.
On the surface, the city appears rough around the edges and a bit grungy and thus there may appear to be not much to do, but further investigation will uncover a city with truly its own character and a number of interesting sites actually worth looking into.
Chongqing served as the capital of the Republic of China for seven years during the late 1930s and early 1940s during the Anti-Japanese War (World War II). With this political history comes a number of historic sights which are worth visiting. Chongqing has the largest population in West China and is the focus of China's "Go West" strategy to help further develop the western part of China. As a result, it is a very lively and rapidly modernizing city, although it does get a bit hectic at times.
- Zhou Enlai's old residence (周恩来故居). Zhou Enlai worked as a member of the Communist Party alongside Mao Zedong. Located by the Jialing river north west of Jiefangbei, and now a museum and open to the public for a small fee. It has been preserved as it was the day it was used. (29.568520,106.547700) edit
- Hong Ya Dong (洪崖洞). Near Jiefangbei, a recreation of the old Chongqing, clinging to the side of the mountain with many small shops. A tourist place but you can find recreations of old local crafts here and genuine local food. (29.564730,106.575160) edit
- TestBed 2 (二厂文创园). A renovation project partnered with Harvard University transformed this Republic era banknote printing factory into an artsy space that has gained nationwide popularity. Located at a hilltop in Yuzhong District, TestBed 2 is not just another spot for enjoying the mountainous cityscape, but also a great stop for the best restaurants, bars, cafes and designer shops in the city. From here, a short hike up to Eling Park will take you to the highest viewpoint on the Yuzhong peninsula. edit
- Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) old military headquarters (蒋介石旧军事总部). When Chongqing was the capital of China during WW II, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) established his military headquarters up in the Nanshan mountains above Chongqing, on the East bank of the Yangtse River. As a result the Japanese bombers never found it, and it is now a museum, preserved as it was during the war. There are many buildings in the beautiful compound and you can visit his work room with the motto over his desk "all officials must serve the people" (in free translation), his bedroom, and his meeting room, and sit in his chair where he negotiated with the American advisers, with his American educated wife usually to his left. The location is a bit out of town. Bus can take you there but a taxi is the easiest transport. Ask for 抗日遺址博物館. edit
Jiefangbei Square at night
- Chongqing Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street (Jiefangbei Shangye Buxingjie) (重庆解放碑步行街). Jiefangbei stands in the most prosperous downtown center of Chongqing. Jiefangbei, or the People’ s Liberation Monument, formerly known as the Monument of Victory in the War of Resistance (usually called the "Anti Japanese war"), is a 27.5 meter highs structure. It is the center of the city marked as Chongqing’s commercial heart. It is isolated by broad, paved pedestrian square and numerous glassy office skyscrapers and highrise hotels, reminicent of New York's Times Square or Tokyo's Shibuya district. Jeifangbei Shopping Square, itself completed at the end of 1997, is 400 meters from east to west, and 350 meters from north to south, covering an area of 24,400 m². (Pedestrian St and food street GPS 29.559030-106.574380)(Liberation monument GPS 29.560454-106.573400). Around the square are more than 3,000 stores various kinds of shops, with more than two dozen large malls and shopping centers, dozens of star-graded hotels, and offices such as banks, stock markets, trade and finance companies, postal and telecommunication services, and places of entertainment. edit
- Great Hall of the People (重庆人民大礼堂). Chongqing's Great Hall of the People (and the People's Square in front of the Hall) is an architectural symbol of Chongqing City. Its construction began in 1951, but its design is traditional and mirrors those of China's ancient classical dynasties. It somewhat resembles an enlarged version of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The People's Square was only completed in 1997 and is decorated with trees and flowers. The ground of the square is paved with smooth marble tiles; there is magic music fountain; at the southern end of the square stands a stage for performances in the open air. You may see thousands of people dancing on the square in the numerous beautiful lights in the evening. ¥10. (29.5646,106.549) edit
- Three Gorges Museum (三峡博物馆). 09:00-17:00 (last admission at 16:00) daily. Across the People's Square is Three Gorges Museum, well worth a visit for its exhibits on the Ba culture and the area of the three gorges downriver from Chongqing. Also noteworthy are a series of exhibits on life in Chongqing during the Qing dynasty, the early republic, and the Word War II era. free. edit
- Zha Zi Dong (查梓洞). This is one of two Guomingdang prisons located in Shapingba, the other being Bai Gong Guan. Both are located at the base of Ge Le Mountain in Lie Shi Mu. A shuttle bus ticket may be purchased for ¥20 in front of the entrances to Zha Zi Dong and Bai Gong Guan, providing transportation between the two prisons and other nearby historical sights. Another shuttle bus (T003) runs between Ciqikou and Bai Gong Guan for ¥10 (round trip). Za Zi Dong offers a unique look at a 1940's era prison and the horrors that took place there when nearly 300 communist political prisoners were massacred at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. The entire area was also once the location of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO), a camp where Jiang Jie Shi's (Chang Kai Shek) elite troops were trained. Unfortunately the attrocities that took place and the American presence are often connected, while it's not universally agreed that they were. Free for foreigners and local residents. edit
- Red Rock Village (Hong Yan Cun) (红岩村). Red Rock Village (Hong Yan Cun, located near Shapingba centre on the road following the river) is a very important tourism site in Chongqing City. This is the location where the Chongqing Negotiations between Mao Zedong and Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) took place, and the historic aspect of the place is nice. To get to the history, you will have to go through an exhibition center which is worth going to. edit
- Joseph Stilwell Residence (史迪威故居), No. 63 Jialingxin Road, Liziba, Yuzhong District (200 m from Fotuguan Station (Line 2)). Not far from Red Crag Village is the former residence and office of General Joseph W. Stilwell ("Vinegar Joe" Stilwell), who headed American operations in China during the Anti-Japanese War. Stilwell is an impressive person, not only for his leadership ability but also for his understanding of China and Chinese culture (he could write in Chinese with a brush). His former residence is a 1930's modernist house with great views overlooking the Yangtze river. The main level is set up as it was during Stilwell's tenure. The lower level is filled with photos and bilingual descriptions of the Chinese Front during the Second World War. ¥5. (29.550519,106.532984) edit
- Song Qing Ling's Residence (宋庆龄故居). Another interesting site to visit (especially if you're staying at the Hilton Hotel) is Song Qing Ling's former residence, from the period of the Second World War when Japan occupied much of China and Chongqing was the temporary capital. There were three Song (also spelled Soong) sisters. The eldest married a businessman. Middle sister Qing Ling married Sun Yat Sen, the founder of modern China. She was herself an important political figure, especially after his death. The youngest married Chiang Kai Shek. A saying about them is "One loved money, one loved power, and one loved China". Qing Ling is the one who loved China. There is an interesting movie  with an English soundtrack and a book, "The Soong Dynasty" about the family. This house wedged in between tall, ugly buildings is a nice German design (the original owner was an engineer who studied in Germany) that is not unlike many of the pre-liberation colonial architecture that can be found here and there in and around Chongqing. The house is located about 100 meters south of the main entrance to the Hilton Hotel. edit
- Ciqikou (磁器口 Chongqing Anceint Town), Ci Tong Lu, Shapingba Qu (Several buses go there including 808 and 843). Meaning "Porcelain Port" as porcelain has long been made & transported from here, located in ShaPingBa, on the banks of the Jialing River. This is a step back in time with several streets of Chongqing as it was, (and still is in some places). It is mostly comprised of small shops selling tourist stuff, but does lead down to the river where it is possible to board a restaurant boat and where the present Hostel is located. The temple at the top of the hill is worth a visit. Worth a visit for a couple of hours. Unlike similar places in China, this one is still in its original state and not a reconstruction. Walking uphill away from the river and main tourist area, it is still populated by regular families and homes as it has always been. (29.581350,106.448260) edit
- Chongqing Hua Yan Tourist Spot (重庆华岩旅游景点). A temple complex including a Buddhist monastery and a large golden Buddha overlooking the whole place. Tucked in a green valley on a small lake, surprisingly in the middle of an urban built up area of Chongqing City. ¥10. edit
- Liziba Park, Li Zi Ba Zheng Jie, Yuzhong Qu (Between Fotuguan & Liziba Metro Stations (Line 2) downhill from Stilwell Museum). On the banks of the Jialing River, this is a newly developed park housing many original and relocated historical buildings when Chongqing was China's wartime capital. It includes old bank buildings, government offices and the residences of local warlords. Some military pillboxes are also preserved here. Free. (29.552292,106.536267) edit
- Chaotianmen (朝天门), Chang Jiang Bin Jiang Lu, Yuzhong Qu (Many bus routes terminate here). A large public square at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Here you can see the importance of the river trade to Chongqing with nice views across the river to the new Chongqing Grand Theatre. Many river cruise ships terminate nearby and the night lights are spectacular to see. Free. edit
- Huguang Guild Hall (湖广会馆). Huguang Guild Hall in Chongqing is the largest Kongsi complex found in Chinese urban cities. It dates back to Qing Dynasty and is now listed as a national heritage site. This beautifully restored architecture also serves as a museum that displays artwork and furniture of hundred years old. edit
- Shengdengshan Forest Park (圣灯山森林公园). Shengdeng Mountain is located in Tiaoshi Town, Banan District, Chongqing City, 1,064 m above the sea. Legend has it that the emperor Jianwen of Ming Dynasty had built house and lived here when he took refuge, so it is also called "Shengdeng Mountain (means mountain which was climbed up by sage)". edit
- Yangtze River Cruise. Yangtze River Cruise will take you through the cradle of China, while giving you the opportunity to see some spectacular scenery. edit
- Tour Boat. A 1 hour trip on Jialing and Yangtse (Chang Jiang) rivers for ¥58-88 or more depending on class) give you a night view of Chongqing's modern skyline. All boats depart from the Chaotianmen dock, which is located at the north east extremity of the Yuzhong district. edit
- Changjiang River Cableway. There is one cable car ride over the Yangtze River, another over the Jialing river is no longer in operation. A ¥30 (Jan 2017) round-trip 5-minute cableway ride gives a great view of the city, though there is little to do on the other side. The Cableway gained tremendous popularity recently. Waiting time in lines can be up to several hours during peak hours in holiday seasons. edit
- Hot Springs. Chongqing is recognised as a renowned area for hot springs. There are dozens of options ranging from large complexes with their own hotels, ornate gardens and spa treatments, to smaller community based hot springs. Northern Hot Springs Park, Tianci Hot Springs and Southern Hot Springs Park are the largest of these facilities. There are special tourist buses available to these sites. edit
- Caiyuanba Escalator, (Next to Chongqing Railway Station & Lianglukou Metro Station). Claimed to be the longest single escalator in Asia, it saves travelers having to climb the steep steps, hundreds of metres up or down between the train station & Chang Jiang Yi Road. Curiously it is a paid service in both directions. 2RMB. edit
- Preserved Dried Beef (Niu Rou Gan)
- Spicy Fine Beef Threads (Deng Ying Niu Rou)
- Curiously Flavoured Horsebean (Guai Wei Hu Dou)
- Pulverous Nuby Peach (He chuang Tao Pian)
Arts and crafts
- Carpenter Tan (谭木匠), . This local carpentry shop is worth a visit for its fine wood artwares. edit
Shopping malls are ubiquitous in Chongqing, often in massive scales and offering wide range of products and entertainment services. There is at least one major shopping area in each downtown district, featuring pedestrian street and outdoor shopping experience.
- Times Square (时代广场). One of the earliest luxury shopping malls in Jiefangbei CBD featuring designer brand boutiques, international restaurants, western supermarket and fitness gym. edit
- Paradise Walk (北城天街). Located in Guanyinqiao shopping area of Jiangbei District, Paradise Walk is the most successful mall catering to younger generation. The mall tends to be crowded over weekends and holidays. The first Apple store  is also here. edit
City balcony in Shin Kong Place
- Shin Kong Place (新光天地), . This Taiwanese shopping mall giant brings whole new shopping experience to Chongqing. The mall is conveniently located in Jiazhoulu, Yubei District, directly accessible from Metro Line 3. Shin Kong Place features creative open space design and theme park vibe. Here you will not just find abundance of shops, restaurants or cafes, but also cinema, ice skating rink, indoor rock climbing and even a merry-go-around. edit
- Chongqing IFS (重庆国金中心), . IFS is the most luxurious shopping mall in Chongqing for people with spare cash to burn. You can find all those big names here including Louis Vuitton, Gucci, Dior, Saint Laurent, Coach, Valentino, Versace, Giorgio Armani and Fendi. The mall is on Metro Line 6 in Jiangbeizui CBD. edit
Chongqing is a harbor city and with this comes what is called dockside culture (matou wenhua). This culture is blamed for a lot of things from cursing to...Hot Pot. While many great restaurants abound in the city, memorable dining is best along Nanbin Lu with incredible night views back across the Yangtze River with the city skyline lit up.
Hot Pot (huǒguō, lit.: firepot) is one of Chongqing's claims to fame. In cities across China, one can find hot pot restaurants, but only Chongqing people can really stand a real hot pot, so if you want authenticity, get it while you can in Chongqing.
When ordering hot pot you have a a choice between three kinds. First, the spicy version called red soup (hong tang). Then there is one without any spices. This is basically a bone soup, and it is tasty. To get this, simply ask for "yuan wei" or tell them "wo bu yao la" which means "I don't want the spicy stuff!" Finally there is a compromise with Yuan Yang Hot Pot (Yuan Yang Huo Guo), which is basically a pot split down the middle with the spicy stuff on one side and the mild on the other.
For those who like spicy but do not like it too spicy, it is possible to order red soup without the jolt (wei la hong tang). It is a nice mild experience.
Suggested dishes at nicer restuarants
- Twiced cooked spicy pork slices (huiguorou)
- Fish slices in sour and spicy pickled vegetable soup (suancaiyu)
- Fried pork fillet slices in sweet and sour sauce (tangculiji)
- Steamed fatty pork with preserved vegetables (shaobai)
- Fish flavoured aubergine (yuxiangqiezi)
- Onions and parsleys in spicy mustard (laohucai)
- Fish with tofu (doufuyu)
- Fish flavoured pork shreads (yuxiangrousi)
- Chinese bouilli (hongshaorou)
- Gongpao Chicken (gongpaojiding)
- Black agaric and pork slice stir-fries (muerroupian)
- Pork/beef slices in hot and spicy soup (shuizhuroupian) (very spicy)
- Numbing and spicy tofu (mapodoufu) (spicy)
Suggested dishes at noodle shops
All dishes served in the noodle shops can be either spicy flavoured or plain flavoured.
- Noodle with no tops (xiaomian) ¥3
- Beef noodle (niuroumian) ¥6
- Cold noodle (liangmian) ¥2.5
- Rice/soybean pudding slices (liangfen'r (fer)) ¥2.5
- Szechuan dumplings (hundun (T'sao sou)) ¥4
There are many "Western Restaurants", but it is very difficult to find any real western food in them. Many smallish restaurants will have a reasonable stab at spaghetti bolognese, and some will have menus in "Chinglish" and even pictures of dishes. However as an exception, you can find quite nice fusion dishes (ranging from Japanese Sushi and Tempura to American Sirloin Steak.
As Chongqing becomes more international and open to the world, it gets easier to find authentic international food that makes you feel like home. Restaurants run by Italian chefs are booming in recent years thanks to the Italian consulate of Chongqing. You'll certainly find good quality food with reasonable price in major shopping malls.
- Friendship Restaurant, (Next to the Maison Mode Plaza). You can also find loads of street restaurants around that area. edit
- Ali&Ade, (On the second floor of the Pacific Department Store, inside the Metropolitan Plaza (Daduhui) right next to the Harbour View Hotel in the downtown area of Jiefangbei). edit
- Casablanca, (In Dekang Department Store, in the downtown area). Western restaurant. Less than ¥50 for a decent meal served with a nice drink, salad and dessert. edit
- Why Not, (Shapingba). A Belgian style restaurant owned by a Belgian couple. Authentic fries and an ecclectic menu at below the high Jiefagbei prices. edit
- Nova Venezia, (In Wanda Plaza, Nanping, Nan'an, upstairs on the outside arcade near WEB English, opposite the Kiberlite Diamonds store on the ground floor of the plaza.). Western restaurant. Authentic Italian pizza and pasta, reasonable prices, nice atmosphere. The owner's boyfriend is a native Italian chef at a 5 star hotel. Less than ¥50 for a decent authentic Italian Pizza.. edit
- Susie's Pizza, In Shapingba 3 gorges Square (on the 12th floor above the McDonalds in the Centre of Shapingba), ☎ 13696419353. 11AM-9:30PM. Warm and welcoming pizza restaurant set up in an apartment where you can see your pizza being made in front of you. Menu includes standard toppings as well as some local Chongqing flavours like hotpot pizza. Suzie herself is incredibly friendly, as are the rest of the staff. Very popular with foreign students from the nearby Sichuan International Studies University and Chongqing University and locals alike. If you become a regular customer expect to have your picture taken and put up on the wall! ¥30. edit
- 到湖南 (Dao Hunan), Dadukou District, Fuwenti Zhilu, Jinxiu Gelin Damen 228 11-10-11 - 大渡口区，府文体支路，锦绣格林 大门 228号 11-10-11 (Take the subway line 2 (the green line) south from Da Ping (大坪）to Ping'an (平安) (seven stops) and then take Exit C. Walk straight down a shaded street for about 50 metres and then you will come to a small road. Turn right and walk along the pavement. You will pass lots of hot pot and other restaurants. Keep walking for around 150 metres and follow the road round as it turns round to the right (don't cross the road, just stay on the pavement). You will see the restaurant on your right, with a large black sign with red lettering on the front. If you get lost, show someone the address written down or ask them where the Hunan restaurant is and they will point you in the right direction.). This restaurant is busy at lunchtimes and in the evenings, which means you could find yourself eating on an outside table, no bad thing on a sunny day. If you visit on a weekend you are likely to have Liu Wei (Vivi) as your waitress, who speaks impeccable English. No one else in the Liu family speaks English, but they are a cheerful bunch and will be happy to welcome you. Expect to pay ¥50-60 for a filling meal for two people not including drinks. edit
Chongqing has a strong night life culture, which is heavily influenced by its hip-pop frenzy. The major areas for clubs and bars are 9 Street (九街) near Guanyinqiao and Jiaochangkou (较场口) near Jiefangbei. You can also find many decent lounge bars with spectacular city views and live music.
- Space Plus. It's rated as a World Top 100 club by DJ MAG. edit
- NUTS Live House, B1-21 Deyi Fashion Mall, Jiaochangkou, Yuzhong District, ☎ 18983848230 ([email protected]). NUTS is a great place to meet local rock bands and EDM artists. edit
- Flavor Lounge. This cozy bar is owned by an award winning bartender. It offers top quality liquors and amazing cocktails with a local twist. edit
- Marriot Sports Bar. Several branches offer the closest thing to proper beer, but be sure they get your beer from the pump and not the slop tray. A pint of Guiness will cost you ¥58, but during happy hour you can get two for one. Foosball, Pool and Darts available. edit
- Semi Underground Entertainment Centre, (Just west of Jiefangbei War Memorial, at the same place as the last monorail station). (29.557200,106.572120) edit
- Underground Arcade, (In Jiangbei, the entrance is across from the big hotel near McDonalds). Many bars and restaurants. (29.580360,106.529700) edit
- Cici Park, Lingjiangmen (Next to the nr. 2 hospital on the square after climbing the stairs). Serve reasonably priced drinks and has a foosball table, good atmosphere and offers some hallucinating material! 12 for a pint. edit
- The Harp Irish Pub, 9F Hong Ya Dong (near Carrefour, downtown Chongqing), ☎ 23-6303-8655, . 11am-4am. This is where all the expats in Chongqing now hang out. It is the only real western bar experience in the city, just opened in 2010. It has sports TV, 7 beers on tap, and 30+ imported beers, 16 single malt scotches, 15 vodkas, 8 gins, etc. Great food, and English speaking staff make this a winner in Chongqing. edit
- Cactus Tex-Mex Bar & Grill (Cactus Tex-Mex), 9F Hong Ya Dong, ☎ 23-6382-8187, . 11am-4am. Mexican Bar & Restaurant. Serves Mexican food & Western food from all over the world edit
There are hundreds of hotels all over the city ranging from dormitary style for ¥30 per night, through three star equivalent hotels for ¥150, up to the top hotels for ¥600-800 per night and many more are being added under construction. Most hotels are rarely fully booked. You can always check the room before you commit.
- King World Hotel Chongqing (重庆君豪大饭店), No.9 Golden Resources Road, Jiangbei District,Chongqing, . Chongqing Kingworld Hotel is the sixth five-star hotel of Century Golden Resources Group. It was grandly opened on NOV.2005, located by the Jialin river, Beibin Road，in the B area of Golden Resources Shopping Mall which is the maximal shopping mall in the southwest of China. edit
- Yangtze River Youth Hostel (玺院国际青年旅舍), 重庆市渝中区长江滨江路80号 (80 Changbin Road, Yuzhong District), ☎ 023 63104208 (English speaking), . Possibly the best option for budget accommodation in Chongqing. Centrally located, exceptionally clean and has great and helpful staff. Offers a range of rooms. Also offers a range of budget tours. Beware, as of 4-22-2013 this hostel was undergoing renovations. ¥30-180. edit
- Sunrise Mingqing Hostel (尚悦明清客棧), 重庆市渝中区下洪学巷23号 (棧解东路26中对面), ☎ 02363931579 ([email protected]), . Hidden on the stairways between ChangBin Lu and ZhanJieDong Lu this hostel provides 6 beds in a dark dorm and 14 rooms from RMB 140 in a very quiet and CQ courtyard-style building. 45-150+. edit
- Chongqing Jinjiang Oriental Hotel, No. 6 Xihu Road, Yubei District, ☎ 86-23-67306666, . 313 air-conditioned guest rooms. ¥457.81+. edit
- Chung King Hotel. Prices are not over-expensive, rooms are slightly on the small side but on the whole well decorated and furnished. Rooms come with pay-per-view and regular satellite TV. A couple of the channels are in English. Even better, room service will happily provide you with the best club sandwich east of Britain. Somewhere in the hotel is a Western restaurant which will provide you with the biggest spaghetti bolognaise you have ever seen. The friendly staff in the lobby can provide you with currency exchange, luggage holding and travel tickets. edit
- DLT Hotel, 173 Renmin Road (Just behind the Great Hall of the People). Completely renovated in 2007. From about ¥320. edit
- Golden River Motel (金江商务宾馆), NO.1 Wen Hua ST,Yuzhong District 重庆市渝中区文化街1号 (药材市场与朝天门市场中间), ☎ 023 63915598 ([email protected]), . The hotel is accessible from all directions and very close to CBD area. also，hotel is allocated beside the heritage site park of Song Dynasty, it is an unlike and rarely scenic sight.The hotel owns more than 50 guests rooms, including various types suite and commercial guest room with deluxe and graceful decoration. From ¥150. edit
- The Grand, (Shapingba). From ¥150. edit
- HomeHome Inn, 6 Fenghuangia, Nanjimen. Friendly English speaking staff. ¥280 for a double with Chinese/Western breakfast. edit
- Railway Guesthouse, (At the Chongqing Train Station (there are two train stations in Chongqing, the old station and the new northern station in Jiangbei)). 4-bed ¥100, 2-bed ensuite with a/c ¥160. edit
- Somerset JieFangBei Chongqing, Block B Hejing Building, No 108 Minzu Road, Yuzhong district, ☎ +86 23 8677-6888 ([email protected]), . Each of its studios to two-bedrooms apartments features separate living and dining areas, an ensuite bathroom, a kitchen, home entertainment system, scenic views and Wi-Fi access. edit
- Yudu Hotel, 168 BaYi Road YuZhong District ChongQing (50m. south of Jiefangbei square), ☎ 86-23-63828888, . has a rotating restaurant on top. ¥180+single/¥280+double. edit
- The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square, 222 Xin Hua Road, Yu Zhong District, Chongqing (CRT Line 1, Jiaochangkou Station), ☎ (86)(23) 6380 6666, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. edit
- Niccolo Chongqing, Tower 1, Chongqing IFS, No.1 Qingyun Road, Jiangbei District, Chongqing (CRT Line 6, Jiangbeicheng Station), ☎ (86)(23) 6508 8888 ([email protected]), . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. edit
- Hyatt Regency Chongqing, 11 Paradise Walk, Jiangbei District, Chongqing (CRT Line 3, Guanyinqiao Station), ☎ (86)(23) 6775 1234 ([email protected], fax: (86)(23) 6787 1235), . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. edit
- JW Marriott Hotel Chongqing, 77 Qing Nian Road, Jeifangbei CBD (CRT Line 1 Xiaoshizi Station), ☎ (86)(23) 6388 8888 (fax: (86)(23) 6399 9999), . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. ¥800. edit
- Hilton Chongqing, 139 Zhong Shan San Lu (near Lianglukou Station on CRT Line 1, up from Caiyuanba train station), ☎ (86)(23) 8903 9999, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. ¥400. edit
- Hilton DoubleTree Hotel Chongqing (Sincere Center), 68 Yanghe Yi Road, Jiangbei District (CRT Line 3, Guanyinqiao Station), ☎ (86)(23) 8903 9999, . checkin: 1400; checkout: 1200. ¥700. edit
- Sheraton Chongqing Hotel, Nanbin Dong Lu, Nan'An District (Gold pointy twin towers in Nan'An District just across from Jeifangbei), ☎ (86)(23) 6277 7777 (fax: (86)(23) 6253 7007), . checkin: 1500; checkout: 1200. edit
- Le Méridien Chongqing, 10 Jiangnan Avenue (Nanping CBD), ☎ (86)(23) 8638 8888 (fax: (86)(23) 8636 6846), . checkin: 1500; checkout: 1200. edit
Chongqing has four major universities that host foreign teachers and students, as well as a few others. They are Chongqing University (重庆大学), Southwest University (西南大学), Chongqing Technology and Business University (重庆工商大学) and Sichuan International Studies University (四川外国语大学). These universities offer curriculum in English as well as Chinese classes for foreign students.
- Yew Chung International School of Chongqing, No. 2, Huxia Street, Yuan Yang Town, New Northern Zone, ☎ +86 023 88791000, . YCIS is one of the biggest international schools in Chongqing. It caters to kids of foreign expats by offering western standard education from early child pre-school (K3-K4) all the way to secondary grade (year 13). edit
- Your Mandarin, F7, Creative Concepts Center, No.388 Xinhua Rd. Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63669912, . Your Mandarin provides Chinese language classes to foreigners living in Chongqing in a community style environment. It is also a great place to meet new friends from around the world while learning the new language. edit
Outside the downtown area, you can find many places worth visiting. They offer spectacular UNESCO Heritage sites or national parks of unique landscapes or landforms. You can contact your hotel or a local travel agency for information on guided tours to these sites.
Thousand Hands Bodhisattva in Dazu
- Dazu Rock Carvings. Approximately one hour drive west of downtown Chongqing, you can find the Dazu Rock Carvings. The spectacular Buddhist carvings dated from the 9th to the 13th century and are listed as UNESCO World Heritage sites. There is also a fascinating temple complex within the premise. The caves can be reached by bus from the main long distance bus station in Chongqing (Chen Jiaping). For more information see the main Dazu Rock Carvings article. edit
- Dafo Temple. Located about two hours north of Chongqing City is the city of Tongnan. Just north of downtown on the Fuijiang River is the Dafo Temple. It is located 30 min. outside the downtown area along the winding river banks. The highlight is a large several meter high Buddha carved into the rock. Tourists are a rare occurance at the temple and in this town you will be greeted with wonderful interest and excitement on the part of the locals as is common in rural China. Tongnan can be reached by the long distance bus station in Chongqing (Chen Jiaping) for about ¥38. edit
- Fengdu Ghost Town. Located about three hours north-east of Chongqing City is Fengdu. Fengdu is a river towne on the banks of the Yangtse (Chang Jiang) River. Across the river from the city is the Ghost Town which can be reached by ferry. Highlights include the authentic Buddhist Temple on Mt. Ming. The admission price is expensive. As of January 2015 buses to Fengdu can only be found at the long distance bus station right next to the Sigongli metro station, not Chaotianmen bus station edit
- Wanzhou Qinglong Waterfall. In the middle of Wanzhou District. The most amazing spot is the waterfall, width 115m, height 64.5m, the square is 7417.5 square meters. Because it is wider than Guizhou Huangguoshu Waterfall, it is called the first waterfall in Asia. The waterfall is endless all over the year. Behind the waterfall, there are two natural grottos. It takes about 4 hours from Chongqing to Wanzhou by bus. The bus price is yen;120. edit
- Jinfoshan (金佛山). Jinfoshan is the highest peak of Dalou Mountains, located in the upper reach of the Yangtze River, is situated in Nanchuan District (南川区) , the Municipality of Chongqing. Jinfoshan is well known for its exceptional plant diversity of 4768 seed plants as well as its Karst geomorphologies. The Jinfoshan Karst component is a unique karst table mountain surrounded by towering cliffs. Jinfoshan Karst is located within the boundaries of the Jinfoshan National Nature Reserve and Jinfoshan National Park. It is a part of the South China Karst- UNESCO World Heritage Site. edit
- Three Natural Bridges (天生三桥). The Three Natural Bridges are a series of natural limestone bridges located in Xiannüshan Town (仙女山镇), Wulong County. They lie within the Wulong Karst National Geology Park, itself a part of the South China Karst-Wulong Karst UNESCO World Heritage Site. In Chinese, the bridges are all named after dragons, namely the Tianglong (天龙桥 literally Sky Dragon) Qinglong (literally Azure Dragon) and Heilong (黑龙桥) literally Black Dragon) bridges. edit
There are three tourist centers in the shopping pedestrian street at the Guanyinqiao metro station (Line 3).
The one close to the station exit is near the end of the pedestrian street to the south (walk straight ahead when leaving the station through Exit 2). The map next to the information booth pin points the other two booths in the area.
The tourist center seems to be sesonal, since they were never opened when we were there (30 Mar - 8 Apr).
If you're looking for IT and computer related items, go to Shiqiaopu (stop 10 on metros' red line), and exit through Exit 4, then make a right. All the buildings facing the road up to the over pass intersection sell cell phones, laptops, headphones, video cameras, compact cameras, DSLRs + lenses, printers, LCD screens, and computer related items. If you need computer parts, the building behind the last (closest to the over pass) mall is the best. They've got motherboards, CPUs, GPUs, PSUs, RAM, cases, network equipment, computer accessories (cables, mice, coolers, fans, USB cams, etc). You can even find chineese made vacuum tube amplifiers here.
In the weekends there are stalls set up between the malls and the main street, selling everything from cell phone cases to puppies.
At the metros' red line Xiaoshizi station (use the exit facing opposite the trains direction, when coming from Lianglukou, and keep walking uphill), you can find small malls selling car audio equipment, speakers (even inwall models), batteries, oscilloscopes, video surveillance equipment, projectors, PA systems, LED and other low energy lamps, smaller TVs (mostly < 33"), DVD players and portable DVD players, amplifiers, audio cables, microphones and karaoke equipment.
Further down the road, the focus changes towards kitchen and bath, with stoves, freezers and refrigerators, kitchen fans, table and floor cooling fans, electric water heaters, taps and showers, lamps (also inwall LEDs), power switches, electrical and ethernet sockets, AC units and bug zappers, and even further down, power tools.
Exiting the Xiaoshizi station in the other direction, and making a direct right at the intersection, will take you to the shoemaker and tailor area.
Sporting goods, like table tennis rackets, badminton and tennis rackets can be found around the stadium one block away from Hilton Chongqing, on Tiyu Rd.
The stores sell paddles/blades and rubber separately. Badminton and tennis rackets can be bought with or without strings, and you can have the strings on your
racket replaced. There is also a store selling hiking gear like jackets, gloves, shoes and back packs. You can also buy canteens, tents, sleeping bags etc.
Mainly goods for the three rackets sports mentioned above are sold, but they also carry equipment.
Passengers from 53 countries enjoy 72-hour visa-free transit at Chongqing Jiangbei Int'l Airport. If you are going to stay in Mainland China for more than 72 hours, a Chinese visa IS required!
Upon arrival, foreign travelers are required to complete entry registry within 24 hours at your staying hotel or at the nearest immigration office, aka Public Security Bureau (PSB).
- Canada, Suite 1705, Metropolitan Tower, Wu Yi Lu, Yu Zhong District, ☎ +86 023 63738007 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63738026), . edit
- United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Suite 2801, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District, ☎ +86 023 63691400/63691500 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63691525), . edit
- Japan, 37F, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza, 68 Zourong Road, Yu Zhong District, ☎ +86 023 63733585 (fax: +86 023 63733589), . edit
- Denmark, Metropolitan Tower, 31/F #1 68 Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63726600 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63725284), . edit
- Philippine, Unit 2903-05, Metropolitan Oriental Plaza 68 Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63810832/63809532 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63729809), . edit
- Hungary, HNA & Poly International Center 36-A,No. 235 Minsheng Rd., Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63997099 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63997077), . edit
- Ethiopia, Room 2204, Xinhua International Building 27 Minquan Road, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63734732/63734733 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63734735/63734736), . edit
- Italy, 188, Min Zu Road, World Financial Centre (WFC), 49th floor, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63822511 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63832544), . edit
- Netherlands, Floor 54, Yingli International Finance Centre, 28. Minquan Road, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 63997000 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 63997049), . edit
- Hong Kong (Hong Kong Liaison Unit), Room 5302, 53/F Yingli International Financial Centre, 28 Minquan Road, Yuzhong District, ☎ +86 023 62622995 ([email protected], fax: +86 023 62622990), . edit
Given its size, Chongqing still remains relatively safe thanks to strong law enforcement. However, minor crimes like pickpocketing and scams are still happening. Use your common sense when dealing with street vendors, and avoid walking alone in back streets at night.
The summer in Chongqing can be extremely sweltering. Heat stroke is very common in July and August. Stay cool and keep hydrated all the time!
Local food can be tricky to most westerners, as they are often oily and spicy, not to mention the hygiene problems of some street food vendors. If you have a sensitive stomach, choose where to eat wisely or better avoid street food all together.