Chongqing is known within China as a city of mountains. Chongqing is located at the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River and surrounded by mountains and two rivers. When night falls, it’s an interesting experience to climb high into the mountains and overlook the city. The rivers sparkle, creating scenery that is similar to the view of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong. In addition, the city is well known for nature and culture. Attractions include the Wulong Karst scenic spot and the Wushan Small Three Gorges area. There are also Red Rock Revolutionary Memorial Hall, Geleshan Martyrs’ Cemetery, and Ciqikou Ancient Town. Many buildings are connected to streets and highways on the upper and middle floors. Shopping in downtown areas also requires an uphill and downhill walk. People often feel psychedelic. The Jiefang Tablet, Hongya Cave and Chaotianmen in Yuzhong are all famous landmarks in Chongqing. In Ciqikou Ancient Town, you can also visit the teahouses where the sailor's gowns often go, listen to qingyin ballads in local dialect as well as the Sichuan Opera, try local foods, and see what life was like in old Chongqing. It’s also interesting to note that during the Second War of Resistance against Japan, Chongqing became the temporary capital of China and center of the country's politics and culture.
The food in Chongqing is quite spicy and the hotpot here is famous throughout China and other countries. When in the city, authentic hot pot ingredients can be purchased, making it possible to enjoy the delicacy at home with family and friends. In addition, Chongqing's xiaomian noodles, spicy chicken, pickled fish, and many other classic Sichuan-style dishes aren’t to be missed!
Chongqing is the largest municipality directly under the central government in China. It can be divided into two areas: the main urban area and the subordinate districts and counties. The main attractions in the main urban area are: Chaotianmen, Jiefangbei, Luohan Temple, and People’s Auditorium in Yuzhong District; a tree viewing platform Nan’an District, as well as the French Navy Brigade; Ciqikou Ancient Town and Zhazi Cave in Shapingba District. Districts and counties outside the main urban area of Chongqing offer beautiful natural scenery: the magical natural landscape of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River and Wulong, the alpine grassland of the Fairy Mountain, and the Taoyuan Forest in Youyang. There are many mountainous areas in Chongqing, and the environment in the mountains is also very beautiful. Nanshan Scenic Area and other attractions have great scenery as well. Nearby attractions such as Xiaozhai Tiankeng, Xiannü Mountain, and Leiyang Taohuayuan are all worth a visit too.
The most suitable seasons for visiting Chongqing are the spring and autumn. The summer in Chongqing is quite hot and the tidal air in winter is slightly heavy. Relatively speaking, the temperature in Chongqing in spring and autumn is suitable, and you can enjoy the natural scenery to your heart’s content. In addition, although summer is hot, but the fog is lighter than in other seasons, so it’s a good time to check out Chongqing’s skyline at night. There are many hotels in Chongqing. Each district has hotels of different kinds, though the majority of hotels are mainly located in the districts of Yuzhong, Shapingba, Nan’an, and Jiangbei.