Things to Do in Chongqing

Chongqing truly has its own character and a numerous interesting sites including Yangtze Three Gorges, geological marvels, city landmarks, parks, grottoes with Buddhist carvings and museums.

To really get a great view of Chongqing, you should take a Yangtze River Cruise. The cruise goes through the cradle of China, taking in sights like Fengdu Ghost City, Shibaozhai Pagoda, White Emperor City and the Lesser Three Gorges.

However you spend your time in Chongqing, you will never forget this Chinese city overflowing with beauty and history.

Chongqing Attraction Map

Ciqikou Ancient Town

No.1: Ciqikou Ancient Town

Type: Historic Sites

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Known as the little Chongqing, Ciqikou Ancient Town, 14 kilometers to the west of Chongqing, is perched on a hill overlooking the Jialing River in the west of the city. It is a century old town that could date back to the late Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), featuring well-restored buildings.

“One flagstone road, and one thousand years’ Ciqikoi”, visiting Ciqikou Ancient Town offers excellent cultural experience. You could see the local residents dedicated to their traditional way of life, taste the local famous snacks and food, enjoy a cup of tea in the teahouse, and appreciate the Shu Embroidery and other handcrafts.

Three Gorges Museum

No.2: Three Gorges Museum

Type: Museums

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Three Gorges Museum, built in 1951, is one of the largest museums in south-west China with unique architectural design. It is not only a typical museum of the Yangtze Three Gorges but also a comprehensive museum of history and arts.

This interesting museum has over 170,000 relics and artifacts. In addition, the 23,000 meters floor-space of the museum can be divided into four major exhibition hall with several themes, one the hall is dedicated to the “history and spirit of the splendid Three Gorges”, and one dedicated to the “long history of the ancient Bashu Area”…Paying a visit to Three Gorges Museum before or after your Yangtze River cruise, you could have an overall understanding of Yangtze.

E'ling Park

No.3: E'ling Park (Goose Neck Park)

Type: Parks & Gardens

Recommended Length of Visit: 1-2 hours

E’ling Park, also called the Goose Neck Park, is the earliest personally owned garden. It offers a good view of both the Yangtze River and Jiangling River. Standing atop of the pagoda, you could have a bird’s eye view of Chongqing city.

Originally a private garden built during the Qing dynasty, the park was named Yiyuan, and later Liyuan. The name was changed to E'ling when a calligrapher named Zhaoxi wrote to the garden's owner and told him that the hill was shaped like the head of a goose. All the architecture and artwork is done in the traditional Chinese way. Visiting E’ling Park in summer days, you'll soon get cool. It is a great place to see all the lights up at the night time.

Chongqing Zoo

No.4: Chongqing Zoo

Type: Zoos

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

If you haven’t seen Giant Panda yet, you could take this great chance to have a closer contact with the cute bears in Chongqing Zoo.

Chongqing Zoo is surrounded by beautiful mountains with abundant natural scenery, making it a true treasure in the area. It is home to more than 200 different animal species, and more than 6,000 animals in total. The Panda House covers an area of about 2 hectares, and is the undoubted highlight for visitors. Visitors could see the precious and childlike giant panda as well as other rare animals such as golden monkeys and South China Tigers.

Hongya Cave

No.5: Hongya Cave

Type: Caverns/ Caves

Recommended Length of Visit: 2 hours

Hongya Cave is located in Chongqing’s core commercial district of Jiefangbei on Cangbai Road and at the intersection of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. The area combines travel, business, and cultural scenery into one grand view, with an overriding theme of stilted buildings which stands for the famous traditional Bayu minority architectural style on raised wooden stilts. It’s an attraction for Chongqing visitors. The mid-levels house food courts with a wide variety of inexpensive snacks and meals while the upper floors contain upscale restaurants and a Starbucks.

Hongya Cave is a leisure, entertainment, shopping and food heaven for people, while offering a commercial kingdom of Bayu culture, cuisine, and entertainment.

Dazu Rock Carvings

No.6: Dazu Rock Carvings

Type: Ancient Ruins, Landmarks/ Points of Interest

Recommended Length of Visit: at least half day

Dazu Rock Carvings, about 120 km from Chongqing, are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th Century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs. It has gained the fame as “the pearls of the oriental art” and are rewarded as World Heritage Site by UNESCO in 1999. Among all these, Baodingshan and Beishan are the most well-known and popular sites.

As one of the spectacular grotto arts, Dazu Rock Carvings are on a par with Mogao Caves, Longmen Grottoes and Yungang Grottoes in China.

Wulong Karst Landscape

No.7: Wulong Karst Landscape

Type: karst landscape, mountains

Sites: Natural Three Stone Bridges, Furong Cave, Fairy Mountains National Forest Park

Recommended Length of Visit: full day

Wulong is natural scenery and hiking resort in the UNESCO World Heritage List. There is no well-maintained road to Wulong directly years ago. But now it is visited by many travelers, both home and aboard.

Wulong Karst, an important part of South China Karst, features spectacular karst landscapes, including the three main parts of the Natural Three Stone Bridges (Tianlong Bridge, Qinglong Bridge, and Heilong Bridge), Furong Cave and Houping Tiankengs. What’s more, the Fairy Mountains National Forest Park is also a highlight in Wulong.

Recommended Chongqing Tours

Top 3 Chongqing tours chosen by most customers to explore Chongqing in the best way. Check the detailed itinerary, or tailor your own trip now with us.

Dazu Rock Carvings
2 Days Chongqing Highlights Tour with Dazu Rock Carvings

Chongqing

The Lesser Three Gorges
4 Days Chongqing Essence Tour with Yangtze Cruise

Chongqing / Three Gorges / Yichang

Natural Three Bridges
4 Days Chongqing & Wulong Karst Landscape Exploration Tour

Chongqing / Wulong / Chongqing

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