The Chongqing Rundown
Modern Chongqing is a city that encompasses a surprising variety of environments including dense wilderness, water reserves and an abundance of fauna and flora. Chongqing truly has its own character and a numerous interesting sites. With the largest population in West China, this city is very modern and full of holiday opportunities. To really get a great view of the area, travellers should take a Yangtze River Cruise. The cruise goes through the cradle of China and yields stunning scenery all along the way.
The focal point of Chongqing is the Yangtze Three Gorges Dam that is a must see while visiting. Other attractions include the Dazu Rock Carvings. Here these valuable works of art that were carved during the 9th century will amaze visitors. There are also sites like Fishing Town and Ci Qi Kou Village that are filled with ancient history. Speaking of history, the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum and the Three Gorges Museum are a great place to learn about Chongqing. However you spend your time in Chongqing, you will never forget this Chinese city overflowing with beauty and history.
When To Go
Chongqing has very humid conditions for most of the year due to monsoons influencing the climate. Known as one of the ‘Three Furnaces’ along the Yangtze River, Chongqing has some of the longest, hottest summers in China. Highs of 33-34°C (91-93°F) are prominent in the months of July and August. As for winters, they are short, mild and damp. Chongqing’s location in the Sichuan Basin causes the city to have one of the lowest sunshine totals in China.
- June through August: Average daily high 27°C (81°F)
- September and October: Average daily high 22°C (72°F)
- November through February: Average daily high 12°C (54°F)
- March through May: Average daily high 23°C (73°F)
By air, the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is served by international flights from many cities from around the world. Located just to the north of the city’s centre, the airport provides a variety of transportation options to easily get passengers to their accommodations.
Trains arrive daily in Chongqing, including the T9/T10 express train from Beijing. The longest railway from Chongqing is from Harbin, which takes almost 50 hours.
By bus, long-distance buses go to Chongqing from just about anywhere. There are many routes like Chengdu and Xian that keep Chongqing well connected to other cities in the area. There are two bus stations: the west facing Chaotianmen Station, and the east facing Chen Jiaping Station. These stations can be rather hectic, so visitors should check with their hotel for purchase of tickets.
- Air – Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
- Train – Express train from Beijing (T9/T10)
- Bus – Purchase tickets thru your hotel to the east or west station
Familiar to some as "Chungking", Chongqing is by some definitions, the most populous city in the world. The provincial-level municipality, a tribute to China's complex demographic divisions, contains 33 million people, or roughly the population of Canada. How you classify the city is up for debate though, since only 5 million people dwell in the urban heart of Chongqing. The growth rate of the municipality is not open to argument however, as Chongqing's incessant urban expansion exceeds the ambitions of anywhere else in the world, let alone the rest of China.
As the former capital of the Ming Dynasty, Chongqing is more than just a poster child for China's obstinate thirst for capitalist supremacy. The city contains some magnificent heritage landmarks, from The Great Hall of the People to Huayan Temple. The World Heritage Dazu Rock inscriptions represent the best tourist attraction in Chongqing municipality. Over 100,000 characters on the rock walls date as far back as the 7th century and espouse Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.
Attractions & Activities
- The Great Hall of the People
- Furong Cave
- The People's Liberation Monument
- Three Gorges Museum
- Dazu Rock Carvings
- Three Gorges International Festival
- Ba Yu Folk Culture and Custom Village
- Ciqikou Spring Festival Temple Fair
- Yongchuan International Tea Festival
- Southern Hot Springs
Restaurant & Nightlife
- Caixiang Yuan
- Waipo Qiao Fengwei Lou
- Xiao Tian'e Huoguo
- Huang Cheng Lao Ma
- Lao Sichuan
- Soho Bar
- Real Love Bar
- AA Bar
- 023 Bar
The humid subtropical climate of Chongqing is notable for two monsoon seasons and furnace-like summer weather, when deplorable air pollution sends the mercury sky high.
- Winter (December to February) 5-13°C
- Spring (March to May) 10-28°C
- Summer (June to September) 20-35°C
- Fall (October to November) 11-23°C
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