As an embarkation point starting Yangtze River cruises, Chongqing is an important industrial center in the southwest China. It is also famous as a temporary capital of the Republic of China during anti-Japanese war. The city was established as municipality in 1997. As one of most visited cities in China, Chongqing houses many splendid historical, cultural and natural attractions like Dazu Rock Carvings, Ciqikou Ancient Town and natural view along Yangtze River. Besides must-see attractions, Chongqing food, mainly featuring spiciness, is also a must-try. The most famous dish in Chongqing is hot pot. If you are not a spiciness addict, you can taste other types of hotpot without pepper or chilli. For travelers, Chongqing is not merely a destination to kill your time before Three Gorge cruise.
Tasting Hot Pot
Beef-tallow Hotpot Seasonings
Hot pot is the most famous and local specialty in Chongqing. It is noted for its spicy taste and favored by many Chinese. There are various types of hotpot like Yuanyang hotpot (two tastes), four tastes hot, tonic hotpot and fish head hotpot. If you are not spiciness addict, you can taste tonic and fish head hotpot with little pepper or no pepper.
Cruising On Yangtze River
Cable Cars across Yangtze River
Cruise Ships on Yangtze River
Chongqing is the embarkation point to start the Yangtze River journey. Yangtze River is the cradle of Chinese civilization. For most tourists, Yangtze River tour is a must choice to Chongqing. The highlights of Yangtze Rivers include not only the splendid natural scenery along riverbank but the shore excursion to Fengdu Ghost City, Shennong Stream and Three Gorge Dam. When the cruise ship threads through the Three Gorges, you will have a magical travel experience.
Strolling Around Ciqikou Ancient Town
Paradise for Foodies
Ciqikou is an ancient town in Shapingba District, Chongqing. Built in Song Dynasty and covering an area of 1.5 square kilometers, the town was also known as “Little Chongqing”. The name of the town can be dated back to porcelain production during the Ming and Qing dynasties. Ciqi (Chinese pinyin) means porcelain. The town abounds in ancient customs and many of them last till now. For example, family’s ancestral temples can be found here. Strolling around Ciqihou, you are easy to lost in its narrow lane and peeking into the ancient houses and storefronts. There is also plenty to eat here.
Watching Night Scene in Chongqing
Pennisular of Yu Zhong
Hong Ya Dong
Overview from WFC, the tallest building in Chongqing
The buildings in the city were constructed on the slopes of mountains at different heights. The city is partially surrounded by Yangtze River and Jialing River. This landform creates the unique cityscape. The night scene in Chongqing is very illuminated with millions of colorful lights and reflections in the rivers. The nigh scene in Chongqing is much more attractive than that in Shanghai and Hong Kong. The best places to enjoy the Chongqing night scene are Yi Ke Shu Night Scene Platform on Nanshan Hill, Kansheng Pavillion in Eling Park.
The best time to visit Chongqing is from March to November. The following give you the detail information about weather of Chongqing in four seasons.
Spring is a recommended season to visit Chongqing, but the early spring is still cold and foggy. In late spring, it often rains at night. Spring is also the time when orange blossoms bloom. It is suitable time to visit Chongqing in late spring
Chongqing is well knowns as one of the “Three Furnaces” along with Wuhan and Nanjing, Chongqing. The summer here are long and it is the most hottest and most humid in China. Summer is not a good time to visit Chongqing unless you can bear the hot weather. But the weather in the late weather begins to turn cool.
It is cool and foggy in autumn and alway rains at night. Chongqing spends its most day of autumn in the fog.
It is warm with temperature around 6℃ and nearly does not snow. Visitors can visit Chongqing in winter.