Things to Do on Yangtze

Chongqing is the only southeast municipality in China, also being called the “Little Hong Kong” and “8D Magic City” due to its’ special landform. There are lots of places worth to visit in Chongqing. You can enjoy Ba and Shu art, culture and delicious food in Chongqing downtown, visit Ciqikou Ancient Town, Hongya Cave, Three Gorges Museum, and Chaotianmen Bridge etc. Then take a natural adventure to Chongqing suburb, you can appreciate the astonishing Dazu Rock Carvings, immerse in the wonderland Wulong Karst Natural Park, and hike to holy Jinfo Montains etc.

Chongqing is also the most popular place to start a Yangtze River cruise. As one of the most relaxing and rewarding way to discover the charm central part of China and savor the natural scenery, Yangtze River cruise becomes a must take tour while visiting China and the best way to explore the Three Gorges. Besides enjoying the leisure onboard activities, you can also visit numerous shore excursions including Fengdu Ghost CityShibaozhai Pagoda, White Emperor City and so on.

No matter how you spend your time in Chongqing, you will never forget this Chinese city overflowing with beauty and history.

Chongqing Attraction Map

Three Gorges

No.1: Three Gorges

Type: Water Area, Natural and Historical Relics

Recommended Length of Visit: 4 to 5 days

Three Gorges is the magnificent landscape along Yangtze River, is one of China’s Top 10 Attractions. It starts from White Emperor City in Fengjie County in the west, and ends at Nanjin Pass in Yichang, Hubei province in the east. Three Gorges are composed of Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge with the overall length of 191km, was the cradle of Wu culture. The Three Gorges was once the ancient battlefield for the Three Kingdoms, thus there are still many historical sites, which are spread among the three gorges along Yangtze River. It is the essence of the scenery of the Yangtze river and the treasure of China. Throughout the ages, the Three Gorges gleams with enchantment. The best way to appreciate the beauty of Three Gorges is taking the relaxing Yangtze River cruise sailing between Chongqing to Yichang.

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Fengdu Ghost City

No.2: Fengdu Ghost City

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 2-3 hours

Located on the north bank of the Yangtze River, 107 miles away from Chongqing, Fengdu is an ancient city with time-honored history, known as the “Ghost City” to most Chinese people.

It is famous for the combinations of the cultures of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism with the mystique of ghosts. Legend says that over 2,000 thousand years ago, two officials named Yin and Wang ( the combination of their surnames means ‘King of Hell’ in Chinese) studied Taoism on the Mingshan Hill and eventually became immortals. It demonstrates the Chinese ghost culture and is a place where the evil are punished, and the righteous are rewarded. >>Click to read more details about Fengdu Ghost City

Shibaozhai Pagoda

No.3: Shibaozhai Pagoda

Type: Landmarks/ Points of Interest, Religious Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Shibaozhai Pagoda, a pearl on the Yangtze, is an 18th century temple built in Zhongxian County on the northern bank of Yangtze River, 278 kilometers away from Chongqing. With 56-meter high, this tower has 12 floor and become one of the eight most oddity designed structures in the world due to the tower’s extraordinary design. It is an architectural delight, having been built without nails.

Now the whole Shibaozhai looks like a giant bonsai landscape from afar because it is environed by water due to the completion of the second phase of the key water control project at the Three Gorges on the Yangtze River. And a bridge was built to connect it and the bank of the Yangtze River. >>Click to read more details about Shibaozhai Pagoda

Lesser Three Gorges

No.4: Lesser Three Gorges (Little Three Gorges)

Type: Gorges, Natural Scene

Recommended Length of Visit: 3 hours

An ancient Chinese saying claims that “the Lesser Three Gorges of the Daning River are not as beautiful as the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River, they are more beautiful”. Lesser Three Gorges, also Little Three Gorges, considered by many as the true pearl of the Three Gorges Area.

Occupying an area of 3000 acres and next to Wu Gorge, Lesser Three Gorges is situated a 50 kilometers stretch of the lower reaches of the Daning River, which is one of the tributaries of the Yangtze River. It is composed of three parts: Longmen (Dragon Gate) Gorge, Dawu (Misty) Gorge, and Dicui (Emerald) Gorge. >>Click to read more details about Lesser Three Gorges

White Emperor City

No.5: White Emperor City

Type: Scenic Spot and Landmark, Outdoor Activities

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 to 3 hours

White Emperor City is a favored shore excursion site for Yangtze River Cruise, Located in Fengjie, Chongqing which was built by Gongsun Shu in the late East Han Dynasty. Gongsun Shu named himself as White Emperor, thus the city was also called White Emperor City. White Emperor Temple has a series of cultural and historical relics shown to all visitors. It’s a wonderful place to enjoy the view of Kui Gate and Qutang Gorge. Due to the precipitous topography, White Emperor City had always been a place of great military importance. Today's White Emperor City refers to White Emperor Temple, where now has several halls built in Ming Dynasty and Qing Dynasty. Besides that, the temple exhibits many poetry inscriptions and cultural relics from Sui Dynasty and Tang Dynasty. >>Click to read more details about White Emperor City

Three Gorges Summit

No.6: Three Gorges Summit

Type: Scenic Attraction of Yangtze River, Historical and Cultural Heritage Site

Recommended Length of Visit: 0.5 to 1 day

Three Gorges Summit is located at the peak of Chijia Mountain near Kui Gate, the door to Three Gorges, overlooking Baiyan Mountain in the south and White Emperor City in the west for around 10 kilometers long. At an altitude of 1388 kilometers, it's without doubt the optimum place to view the panorama of Three Gorges.

When ascending to the glass viewing platform of the summit, travelers will feel that the whole world is dwarfed and a beautiful scroll painting of countless mountains, steep cliffs, dense plants, jade-like river unfolds itself in front of you. Especially in November, if overlooking from the Three Gorges Summit, travelers will see red leaves all over the mountains glowing in the sunlight and the whole world is like being covered with flame.>>Click to read more details about Three Gorges Summit.

Recommended Chongqing Tours

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