4-Day Chongqing Adventure: Culture to Nature

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by Ariana

May 8, 2024 · 3 min read

Chongqing 4 Days Itinerary

Embark on a 4-day exploration of Chongqing, a city where history and modernity intertwine. Begin your adventure strolling through the ancient lanes of Ciqikou Ancient Town, absorbing centuries-old culture. Next, soar above the Yangtze River on the exhilarating Cableway, offering panoramic views of the city's skyline. Wander through the bustling Hongyadong Commercial Street, and cap off your first day with a mesmerizing Two Rivers Night Tour by boat. Day two promises excitement at the Chongqing Zoo, home to a variety of wildlife, followed by a full day of fun at Chongqing Happy Valley, the city's premier theme park. On the third day, delve into the mysterious 816 Nuclear Plant, a relic of military history, before venturing into the depths of Longshui Gorge. The day concludes with a visit to the enigmatic Fengdu Ghost City, steeped in folklore. Your final day is reserved for nature's splendor at Fairy Mountain National Forest Park, a haven of greenery and fresh air. Conclude your journey with the awe-inspiring Three Natural Bridges, a testament to the power of natural forces. This itinerary promises a blend of cultural heritage, urban excitement, and natural beauty, making your Chongqing trip an experience to remember.

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4 Days in Chongqing Itinerary: Day 1

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Ciqikou Ancient Town

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Begin your Chongqing adventure stepping back in time at Ciqikou Ancient Town, a historical gem nestled in Shapingba District. Spend a couple of hours wandering through the narrow, bustling streets of this well-preserved town, which offers a vivid snapshot of Chongqing's rich past. Marvel at the traditional architecture, sample local Sichuan delicacies, and immerse yourself in the vibrant atmosphere that has endured for centuries.

Attraction Info

  • No. 1 Cinan Street, Shapingba District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-4 hour
  • Open 24 hours

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Yangtze River Cableway

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After soaking in the ancient vibes, elevate your perspective with a thrilling ride on the Yangtze River Cableway. A quick yet unforgettable half-hour experience awaits as you glide over the mighty Yangtze, enjoying panoramic views of the sprawling cityscape. This cable car journey is not just a means of transport but a unique aerial adventure that connects you from the past to the present of Chongqing.

Attraction Info

  • No. 151, Xinhua Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-2 hour
  • Open from 8:00am-10:00pm;Open from 7:30am-10:30pm during Labour Day

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Hongyadong Commercial Street

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Next, dive into the bustling energy of Hongyadong Commercial Street, a characteristic neighborhood that clings to the riverside cliffs. With just an hour to explore, you'll be captivated by the stilted buildings that echo a bygone era, now filled with shops, cafes, and eateries. The fusion of traditional architecture and modern commerce creates a lively atmosphere that's quintessentially Chongqing.

Attraction Info

  • No. 88, Binjiang Road, Jialing River, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-3 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-11:00pm
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4

Chongqing Two Rivers Night Tour

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Conclude your first day with the enchanting Chongqing Two Rivers Night Tour. Set sail from Chaotianmen Wharf for an hour-long boat trip that showcases the illuminated skyline where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers converge. The city's lights dance on the water, creating a mesmerizing spectacle that perfectly encapsulates the beauty of Chongqing by night.

Attraction Info

  • Chaotianmen Wharf, Binjiang Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 12:00pm-11:30pm

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4 Days in Chongqing Itinerary: Day 2

1

Chongqing Zoo

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Kickstart your second day in Chongqing with an exciting visit to the Chongqing Zoo, nestled in the Jiulongpo District. Spend about 3 hours marveling at the diverse collection of animals and the zoo's commitment to conservation. This urban oasis offers a chance to see some of China's most cherished native species, including the beloved giant pandas, in a setting that mimics their natural habitat. The zoo is not just a place to see animals; it's an educational journey where visitors can learn about wildlife protection and the importance of biodiversity.

Attraction Info

  • No. 1 West Village, Jiulongpo District (near Xijiao Branch Road)
  • Suggested tour duration: 3-5 hour
  • Open from 8:00am-5:00pm

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2

Chongqing Happy Valley

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After an engaging morning with wildlife, spend the rest of your day immersed in the exhilarating atmosphere of Chongqing Happy Valley. As a premier theme park in the Yubei District, it promises a full day of fun with its wide array of rides, shows, and attractions. Whether you're seeking adrenaline-pumping roller coasters or family-friendly entertainment, Happy Valley has something to offer for everyone. The park's thematic zones ensure that your adventure is both varied and memorable, making it the perfect way to cap off an action-packed day.

Attraction Info

  • No. 29, Jinyu Avenue, Yubei District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 0.5-1 day
  • Open from 05/01-05/05,9:30am-10:00pm;Open from 04/07-04/30,Mon-Thu,10:00am-6:30pm;Open from 04/07-04/30,Fri-Sun,10:00am-10:00pm;Open from 05/06-05/31,Mon-Thu,10:00am-6:30pm;Open from 05/06-05/31,Fri-Sun,10:00am-10:00pm,The night show opens at 17:00 and stops admission one hour before closing time

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4 Days in Chongqing Itinerary: Day 3

1

816 Nuclear Plant

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Begin your third day with a visit to the 816 Nuclear Plant, a once top-secret military facility now open to the public. Nestled in Baitao Town, Fuling District, this intriguing site offers a rare glimpse into China's military history. Spend an hour exploring the underground maze of this decommissioned plant, which stands as a testament to the Cold War era and China's strategic defense initiatives. The stark concrete structures and the silent halls, where history lingers, make for an eerie yet fascinating journey into the past.

Attraction Info

  • Baitao Town, Fuling District, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 1-2 hour
  • Open from 9:00am-5:00pm

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Longshui Gorge

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After delving into the depths of military history, emerge into the breathtaking beauty of Longshui Gorge. Located in the Longshuixia Ground Seating Scenic Spot of Xiannvshan Town, Wulong County, this natural wonder is a two-hour adventure into the heart of Chongqing's stunning landscapes. Marvel at the towering cliffs, the crystal-clear waters, and the verdant greenery that adorn this gorge. The scenic area offers a serene escape and a chance to reconnect with nature amidst the awe-inspiring geological formations.

Attraction Info

  • Longshuixia Ground Seating Scenic Spot,Xiannvshan Town, Wulong County
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 8:30am-4:30pm

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Fengdu Ghost City

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Conclude your day with a visit to the enigmatic Fengdu Ghost City. Situated at No. 152, Mingshan Road, Mingshan Town, Fengdu County, this two-hour stop will transport you to a world steeped in Chinese mythology and folklore. Explore the ancient temples and statues that depict the afterlife and judgment in traditional Chinese beliefs. The intricate artistry and cultural significance of Fengdu Ghost City provide a thought-provoking end to a day filled with discovery and wonder in Chongqing.

Attraction Info

  • No. 152, Mingshan Road, Mingshan Town, Fengdu County, Chongqingg
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 7:30am-5:20pm

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4 Days in Chongqing Itinerary: Day 4

1

Fairy Mountain National Forest Park

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Begin your final day with a serene escape to the Fairy Mountain National Forest Park, a natural sanctuary that promises a refreshing start to your morning. As the first stop on today's journey, immerse yourself in the lush landscapes and breathe in the crisp mountain air. This expansive park is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts and nature lovers alike, offering a full day's worth of exploration amidst verdant forests, alpine meadows, and a diverse array of flora and fauna. The park's tranquil setting provides a stark contrast to the bustling city vibes, making it the perfect spot to unwind and reflect on your Chongqing adventure.

Attraction Info

  • Wulong County Fairy Mountain National Forest Park
  • Suggested tour duration: 1 day
  • Open from 1/1-12/31

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Three Natural Bridges

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After reveling in the tranquility of Fairy Mountain, continue your day with a visit to the majestic Three Natural Bridges. Allocate around two hours to marvel at this geological wonder, where nature's artistry is on full display. Located a short drive from Fairy Mountain, the Three Natural Bridges stand as a testament to the power of natural erosion, forming a breathtaking trio of limestone arches that tower over the surrounding landscape. The site's unique topography has even caught the eye of filmmakers, serving as a backdrop for blockbuster movies. As you traverse the paths and gaze upon the towering bridges, let the grandeur of this natural spectacle be the grand finale to your Chongqing itinerary.

Attraction Info

  • Junction of Baiguo Township and Walnut Township, 20 km southeast of Wulong County, Chongqing
  • Suggested tour duration: 2-3 hour
  • Open from 05/06-10/31,8:30am-4:30pm;Open from 05/01-05/05,8:00am-5:00pm;Open from 04/28-04/30,8:30am-4:30pm

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Highlights:
Yangtze River Cableway has developed into a must-visit attraction for tourists in Chongqing. The cableway starts at Chang'an Temple (Xinhua Road) in Yuzhong District and crosses the Yangtze River to Shangxin Street (Longmenhao) in the Nan'an District. As you take the cableway and travel to the other side of the river, you can see the scenery of the skyscrapers, the Yangtze River, and the south bank of the river. There is a saying that “If you don't see the night view, you have not been to Chongqing”. So take the Yangtze River cableway so have a glimpse of Chongqing's night skyline. The Yangtze River cableway has also become a favourite for many filmmakers in Chongqing. Whenever there are cableway footages in domestic film and television dramas, the audience will know that it was shot in Chongqing.
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Three Natural Bridges
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Highlights:

WulongTiansheng Three Bridges is a Unesco World Heritage Site located about 20km away from Wulong County and a filmmaking location for the films “Curse of the Golden Flower” and “Transformers 4”. It is a precious eco-system site which is famous for the karst topography expecially the Tiankeng or natural sinkhole in the world. The site has three stone arch bridges that are deemed as " natural arch bridges in the world". They are namely Tianlong(Sky Dragon) Bridge, Qinglong (Green Dragon) Bridge, and Heilong (Black Dragon) Bridge. It is the largest natural stone bridge group in Asia.

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Wulong Tiankeng Land Slot National Geological Park
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Tiankeng Land Slot National Geological Park is located in the town of Wulong, Chongqing. It is a great place to see karst peaks, natural bridges, tiankeng (pits) and deep crevasses. It is a rare geological wonder. Tiankeng Land Slot National Geological Park includes two scenic areas called Three Natural Bridges and Longshui Canyon; each area requires a separate ticket. Visitors can visit the tourist center in Fairy Mountain to purchase tickets for Three Natural Bridges and Longshui Canyon.
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TOP 4
Chongqing Zoo
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taCommentInfo-imageBased on 416 review
Highlights:
Chongqing Zoo is situated in Yangjiaping in the city's Jiulongpo District. The zoo is home to one of China's national treasures, the panda, of which there are more than in the average zoo. The National Huanan Tiger Breeding Center is also based at the zoo. There is nothing better than visiting the zoo at the weekend with kids to look at the variety of animals. Chongqing Zoo is home to quite a complete range of animals, including giant pandas, giraffes, lions, zebra, elephants, tigers, crocodiles, and apes. If you follow the instructions when you stroll around the zoo, you can see all the animals without walking down the same path twice.
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