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Travel Guide in Chongqing

Chongqing

Over 3000 years in history and local culture, the youngest municipality of China, the largest inland city of rivers and mountains on the planet, the city of sheer exuberant friendliness, the city of miracles, this is new Chongqing (chóng qìng 重庆), the economic center of the upper Yangtze (cháng jiāng 长江),  prepared to embrace the rest of the world.

 

Summarization
Click to enlargeLocated in southwestern China on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing Municipality is not only the largest and most densely populated municipality directly under the Chinese Central Government but also the largest industrial and commercial center in the southwest and a land and water communications hub on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.
It has 40 districts, cities, and counties under its jurisdiction, a population of 30.2 million, and an area of 82,000 square kilometers. It has a long history with numerous scenic spots and historic sites. Numerous ethnic groups reside in Chongqing, including Yi  (yí zú 彝族), Tibetan (zàng zú 藏族), Miao (miáo zú 苗族), Qiang (qiāng zú 羌族) and Tujia (tǔ jiā zú 土家族). Servicing Western China, Chongqing provides convenient water, land, and air transportation. Hundreds of star-ranked hotels provide excellent facilities and services. Chongqing City is a popular destination for travelers with its hilly slopes, rivers, night views and spicy food.


History
Chongqing's Old BuidingsChongqing's history extends back at least 3,000 years, endowing it with much historical and cultural significance and is the birthplace of Bayu culture (bā yú wén huà 巴渝文化). In the Shang Dynasty (shāng 商)(1600-1027 BC) and Zhou Dynasty (zhōu 周)(1027-221 BC) Ba people founded the Kingdom of Ba, and made Chongqing their capitol, called Jiang (jiāng zhōu 江州) and Chu Prefecture (chǔ zhōu 楚州).

BuildingsDuring the Sui (suí 隋) and Tang (táng 唐) dynasties, (581-907 AD), it was known as the sub-prefecture of Yuzhou (yú zhōu 渝州), hence its standard name is "Yu (yú渝)".
Subsequently, during the Northern Song Dynasty (běi sòng 北宋)(960-1127 AD), it was renamed Gongzhou (gōng zhōu 恭州).
In 1189, during the Southern Song Dynasty (nán sòng 南宋), Zhao Dun (zhào dūn 赵惇), later the Guangzong Emperor (sòng guāng zōng 宋光宗), was given the title Prince of Gong. Regarding this as an exceedingly joyous event, he upgraded its status to that of a prefecture and renamed it as "Chongqing'' or "redoubled celebration'', the name it carries to this day.

OverlookIn 1891 Chongqing became an open port, and in 1929 Chongqing was officially declared a city. During World War II, Chongqing was made an alternate capitol after the fall of Nanjing (nán jīng 南京), which was then the capitol of the Kuomintang (guó mín dǎng 国民党) government. During this period, Chongqing became China's political, economic, financial, commercial, transportation, cultural and diplomatic center. In 1954 Chongqing became a city under the jurisdiction of the Sichuan (sì chuān 四川) Provincial Government. In 1992, Chongqing became a riparian open city.
On March 14, 1997, Chongqing became China's fourth municipality directly under the central government, the only one in west China, opening a new chapter in the history of Chongqing.


The Best Chongqing Attractions
Three GorgesThree Gorges
The Yangtze River is famous for its historical sites and enchanting scenic spots. The Three Gorges, the most spectacular section of the Yangtze River, are filled with breathtaking sceneries. With Baidi City (bái dì chéng 白帝城, Fengjie (fèng jié 奉节) in Chongqing Municipality to the west end and Yichang (yí chāng 宜昌) in the Hubei province (hú běi 湖北) at the east, the Three Gorges, Qutang (qú táng xiá 瞿塘峡), Wu (wū xiá 巫峡) and Xiling (xī líng xiá 西陵峡), total 192 km in length, will present an entirely different picture, Making the fine scenic spots of the worldwide level.
Tips: You can get to Chongqing by train or air, and then change to a travel ship to travel through the Yangtze River.
For more information: The Three Gorges of the Yangtze River
 

Dazu Rock CarvingsDazu Rock Carvings ( zú shí kè 大足石刻)
In Dazu county of Chongqing, reputed as Land of Stone Sculptures, Dazu Rock Carvings was one of ancient China's most valuable treasures, which were declared a National Key Cultural Relics Protected Unit in 1961, and in 1999 they were listed as a World Culture Heritage Site by the UNESCO Heritage Committee.
Coupon ticket: RMB120
The best tourist season: April  ~ October
Address: Chongqing City, Dazu County ( zú xiàn 大足县)
Telephone: 86-23-43722118
For more information: Dazu Rock Carvings
 

Night View of ChongqingNight View of Chongqing
known well both in domestic and in overseas, Chongqing night view is often compared to be "little Hong Kong (小香港)". Observing the nocturnal scences which form a colorful three-dimensional painting, with waves of the Yangtze and Jialing river glistering against moonlit, star spangled sky, is an amazing experience that you shall never miss.
Tips: Choose a day that is relatively clear, climbing up onto one of the less-populated hills.
For more information: Night View of Chongqing


Chaotian GateChaotian Gate (cháo tiān mén 朝天门)
Chaotian Gate overlooks the Yangtze (yáng zǐ jiāng 扬子江) and Jialing River (jiā líng jiāng 嘉陵江) and is surrounded by crags on three sides. It is said to be the best place to start sightseeing, where the muddy, churning waters of the Yangtze meets the transparent water of Jialing River.
Location: Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区), Chaotian Gate.
Transportation: 102, 382
Recommended time to visit: 2 hours
Opening hours: Anytime.
Ticket: Free.
For more information: Chaotian Gate


JiefangbeiJiefangbei (jiě fàng bēi 解放碑)
Jiefangbei is not only a witness of Chongqing's development and changes, but also the most prosperous business in one place, on behalf of Chongqing. There is a saying that there will be no less than Jiefangbei to Chongqing.
Address: Chongqing Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street, The Yuzhong peninsular (yú zhōng bàn dǎo 渝中半岛).
Transportation: Bus 401, 402, 405, 413, 418, 481, 301, 303, 251, 215, 103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 122.
Admission: Free.
Opening hours: Anytime.
For more information: Jiefangbei


People’s Great HallPeople’s Great Hall
The majestic construction of the People's Great Hall is the landmark of Chongqing. The whole building displays elegant design, superb craft and the harmonious disposition of colors, which is highly praised by the tourists from abroad and home. It can also give visitors a glimpse into Chongqing's resident's daily lives.
Ticket: free
Location: Shang qingsi (shàng qīng sì 上清寺).
Opening hours: All the time.
Recommended time for a visit: Two hours.best at night.
Transportation: Bus103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 122, 215.
For more information: People’s Great Hall
 

China Three Gorges MuseumChina Three Gorges Museum
Occupying the area of 30,000 square meters, the museum was completed and opened to the public on Jun 18, 2005. Chongqing China Three Gorges Museum appeals to visitors from all over the world by its special culture, advanced high-tech and unique structure. It has been an important platform of cultural exchanges of Three Gorges area.
Ticket: Free.
Telephone: 023-63679063, 023-63869867
Location: Shang qingsi (shàng qīng sì 上清寺).
Transportation: Bus 105, 117, 122, 181, 215, 262, 421, 862, 868.
Opening Hour: 9:00 to 17:00, everyday except Monday.
For more information: China Three Gorges Museum
 

Ciqikou Ancient TownCiqikou Ancient Town (cí qì kǒu 磁器口)
People always said "One flagtone road, and one thousand years Ciqikou". the ancient village of Ciqikou was a busy dock before, which located at the lower reaches of Jialing River. After a thousand years, the town now remains as a symbol and miniature of past Chongqing.
Location: Sha Pingba District (shā píng bà qū 沙坪坝区).
Transportation: 808
Ticket Fee: Free.
Opening Hours: All the time.
Recommended time for a visit: Two hours.
For more information: Ciqikou Ancient Town


Hongya CaveHongya Cave (hóng yá dòng 洪崖洞)
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 (bā yú 巴渝) minority architectural style on raised wooden stilts.
Address: NO.88 Jiabing Road (jiā bīn lù 嘉滨路) Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区).
Admission: Free.
Recommended time to visit: At night.
For more information: Hongya Cave


Huguang Guild HallHuguang Guild Hall (hú guǎn huì guǎn 湖广会馆)
The wooden building walls, doors and windows were delicately carved. The theme of these carvings includes human figures, and animals and various plants. It's amazing that they were so vividly sculptured. It is a classic example of an ancient Chinese Guild hall.
Location: East Shuimen Street (dōng shuǐ mén lù 东水门路).
Ticket: 30 RMB
Telephone: 63930287
Opening hours: 8:30-18:00
Bus: 702, 832, 875
For more information: Huguang Guild Hall
 

Fengdu Ghost CityFengdu Ghost City (fēng dū guǐ chéng 丰都鬼城)
Located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River, Fengdu is usually arranged as the first shore excursion for down stream Yangtze Cruise. Fengdu County is also called "a ghost city" with temples constructed on Hills by the river bank and many statues of ghosts and devils molded in the temples.
Location: Fengdu county (fēng dū xiàn 丰都县).
Opening hours: 8:00~17:00
Ticket: 80 RMB
Telephone: 023-70613323
Recommended hour: 2 hours
For more information: Fengdu Ghost City
 

Furong Cave Furong Cave (fú róng dòng 芙蓉洞)
Furong Cave is the only cave in China that was listed in "World Natural Heritage List". Furong Cave, together with Mammoth Cave in the US, and Graemes Cave in France, was named one of "The Three Greatest Caves in the World".
Location: Wulong County (wǔ lóng xiàn武隆县)
Best time to go: Anytime.
Transportation: In Chongqing city, taking shuttle bus at long distance bus-station to Furong Cave is lasting about 2.5 hours.
Ticket: 70 RMB
For more information: Furong Cave
 

Simianshan MountainSimianshan Mountain (sì miàn shān 四面山)
Simianshan mountain is national top scenic spot. It has 28 thousand hectors of evergreen broad-leaved forests that are the home to more than 2000 kinds of plants and animals also it includes 28 waterfalls and 8 lakes, all of which make up 128 scenic spots.
located: Jiangjin (jiāng jīn 江津).
Traffic: There are buses which can reach Jiangjin City or Simianshan Town at Chongqing bus station or chenjiaping (chén jiā píng 陈家坪) bus station.
Admission: 40 RMB
Best season to go: Both summer and winter.
Telephone: 023-47666010
For more information: Simianshan Mountain

Jindaoxia GorgeJindaoxia Gorge (jīn dāo xiá 金刀峡)
Jindaoxia Gorge, well known for its steep hills, elegant waterfall, grotesque rocks, clear waters and strange caves, is like a fairyland. It has an ancient plank road built along the face of a cliff and visitors can enjoy an exciting ramble around the area.
Location: Jindaoxia Town, Beibei District (běi bèi qū 北碚区).
Traffic: Take bus to Jindaoxia at Jiangbei bus station (chóng qìng běi zhàn 重庆北站) or Beibei bus station (běi bèi qì chē zhàn 北碚汽车站).
Telephone: 023-68204917, 68203462
Ticket: 60 RMB
For more information: Jindaoxia Gorge
 

Wansheng Stone ForestWansheng Stone Forest (wàn shèng shí lín 万盛石林)
Wansheng Stone Forest, which was formed about four hundred and sixty-five million years to six hundred million years ago, was formed two hundred million years earlier than Lunan Stone Forest (lù nán shí lín 路南石林) in Yunnan province (yún nán shěng 云南省). It is called "the Ancestor of Stone Forest".
Location: Wansheng District
Ticket: 50 RMB
Opening hours: 8:30-17:30
For more information: Wansheng Stone Forest

 

Eating in Chongqing
Chongqing dishes are rich in flavor and use almost 40 different cooking methods in their preparation. Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes.

Chongqing Hotpot
Chongqing HotpotWhen mentioning of the hotpot, Chongqing people are always delighted, as if the hotpot is a part of their life, in fact, this is true. No matter which season, which days and which hours, looking into any hotpot shops, you will see people gather together at the table drinking and eating happily. Chongqing hotpot is characterized by its spiciness! To suit customers of different preference, salty and sweet, sour flavors of hot pot are available. As long as you can stand the spiciness, you are advised to try the spiciest one to ensure an authentic experience!

The Big Names in Chongqing Hot Pot:
Here are the most popular chains in town, they all have branches throughout the city, but here are the favorite branches among the locals. Average price range 30-60 RMB/person.
Wai Po Qiao (wài pó qiáo 外婆桥)
  Address: Jiefangbei (jiě fàng bēi 解放碑) 
  Phone: (023)63835988; 63835188
HotpotDe Zhuang Huo Guo (dé zhuāng huǒ guō 德庄火锅) 
  Address: Qi Xing Gang (qī xīng gǎng 七星岗)
  Phone: (023)63521934
Qi Qi Shan Yu Huo Guo (qí qí shàn yú huǒ guō 齐齐鳝鱼火锅)
  Address: Lin Jiang Men (lín jiāng mén 临江门) 
  Phone: (023)63722578
Qin Ma Huo Guo (qín mā huǒ guō 秦妈火锅)
  Address: Nanping (nán píng 南坪)
  Phone: (023)89023129
Liu Yi Shou Mao Du Huo Guo Cheng (líu yī shǒu máo huǒ guō chéng 刘一手毛肚火锅城)
  Address: Guan Yin Yan (guān yīn yán 观音岩)
  Phone: (023)63507521

BaiShiyi board duckBaishiyi board duck (bái shì yì bǎn yā 白市驿板鸭)
Acquires the fame Because it produces in Baishiyi town, has had more than 100 years history. This salt system craft is unique, the color assumes brown , the cleaning steams ripely, the fragrance is attractive, suitably is eaten with rice or bread the partner liquor.
 

Sausage in DazuSausage in Dazu (dà zú xiāng cháng 大足香肠)
Product in Dazu county. Selects the pork, matches pours into the sausage casing stereotypia after the supplementary material, and makes after smokeless bakes . This color and luster,  glossy and moist, red and white is distinct, the intestines body is crisply elasticity, the flavor is tasty. Minute two kinds of Guang taste (广味) and Sichuan taste (川味).
 

The crisp skin fishThe crisp skin fish (cuì pí yú 脆皮鱼)
With 800 grams fresh fish one, cleaning, sails upstream the soybean flour, then drenches with the hot oil explodes the stereotypia, pouring sugar and vinegar juice after it is ripe. The characteristic is the sweet acid is tasty, the skin crisp is fragrant, the meat is delicate, the aftertaste is prolonged.
 

WuchaoshouWuchaoshou (wú chāo shǒu 吴抄手)
The stuffing is extremely elegant, downy meat must maintain sufficient moisture content, the stuffing can float to water surface. The end product characteristic is moist and softly, delicate salty and fresh. If you want to try the flavour of Chongqing, lao ma chaoshou (lǎo má chāo shǒu 老麻抄手) is your best choice.



Quanshui chickenQuanshui chicken (quán shuǐ jī 泉水鸡)
In Nanshan (nán shān 南山), there is a snack street noted for its Quanshui chicken, Duck Cooked with Beer, which is a well-know street for delicious chicken.
location: Nanshan, Nan'an district (nán àn qū 南岸区).
 

There are also other kinds of snacks, such as the tasty noodles (xiaomian), baozi (steamed bread dumplings), and other famous dishes including tea-smoked duck and dry-stewed fish in the small restaurants and street vendors.

Maoxuewang 
Baozi
 Fish
 Noodles

what if you can't bear such spicy food? Don't worry. When it comes to Chongqing, eating nice food is a piece of cake. If you want to try some prosperous & peaceful and luxurious & elegant style, the Chongqing Yangtze Island Club (chóng qìng yáng zǐ dǎo jù lè bù 重庆扬子岛俱乐部), absolutely, is a best choice. It keeps exploring the color, flavor, taste, indication, appearance and health preserving of dishes in an innovative manner. It is a well-known brand in Chongqing and has become a well-established brand in the catering circle.
Location: central convention and exhibition area of Nanping.
Telephone: 023-67751717,  023-62805977


Specialties in Chongqing


Shu EmbroideryShu Embroidery
Folk handicraft in Chongqing has long been highly appraised. Since the Southern Song Dynasty, Shu Embroidery (also known as Sichuan Embroidery) has been ranked among the four most famous embroidery types in China, along with Suzhou Embroidery, Hunan Embroidery and Cantonese Embroidery.


Huangsha Pomelo (huáng shā yòu 黄沙柚)
Huangsha PomeloThe fertile land in this mountain city is ideal for the fruit growing, such as orange, pear, pomelo and persimmon. Huangsha Pomelo is probably the most famous fruit in Chongqing. Pomelos look like large green pears with thick skin but have the texture and slight taste of grapefruit. Unlike some other kinds of pomelo, it is unusually succulent and sweet, with a rich fragrance of honey.
 

Three Gorges InkstoneThree Gorges Inkstone
For travelers fascinated by Chinese calligraphy, Three Gorge Inkstone might be the best shopping item in Chongqing. Made from the special stone excavated on the gorge section of Jialing River, the fine-shaped inkstone is delicately engraved with beautiful patterns.
 

Rongchang Paper Fans (róng chāng zhǐ shàn 荣昌纸扇)
Rongchang paper fansRongchang County is noted for its folding fans. With more than 300 varieties, these types of folding fans are all made with superior craftsmanship. Folding fans are one of the articles of everyday use and a special type of handicraft. It is almost 450 years since the first Rongchang paper fan was made. Since then, the fan has enjoyed unique renown domestically and internationally. It was exported to India and Burma hundreds of years ago. At first, only the nobility could afford to buy the elegant- made fans. In the past several decades, new materials have been rapidly innovated to make the fan and the original few have now expanded into 345 different types.
 

Shopping in Chongqing

Chongqing has five major business and shopping precincts: the oldest and most important being Jiefangbei situated within what remains of the Old Walled City. The others complete the picture with large Walking Malls, Shopping Plazas, Hotels and Business and Trade Centres. In each of these centres you’ll find restaurants, bars and boutiques, cinemas and many other attractions some unique to each.

Jiefengbei walking streetJiefengbei Walking Street (jiě fàng bēi 解放碑)
The focal point of Jiefengbei Walking Street is the cross shaped Walking Mall which radiates from the Liberation Monument. The area has been the site of a massive modern makeover in recent years and boasts a plethora of new and huge Shopping Malls, International Hotels and Business Towers and high rise apartment blocks.
 

Shapingba walking streetShapingba Walking Street (shā píng bà 沙坪坝)
Shapingba walking street with its massive Three Gorges Square at its centre is the second most popular business and shopping hub and home to several of the city’s oldest middle schools and universities.

 

Yangjiaping walking streetYangjiaping Walking Street (yáng jiā píng 杨家坪)
Yangjiaping walking street completes the triangle with one of the largest round-abouts that encompasses much of the shopping precincts. Yangjiaping is home to several important colleges and universities as well as the city zoo.




Guanyinqiao Walking StreetGuanyinqiao Walking Street (guān yīn qiáo 观音桥)

Guanyinqiao walking street in Jiangbei District is the only large centre on the north side of the city with the massive Paradise Walk Shopping Mall (běi chéng tiān jiē 北城天街) and the Golden Resources Hotel  (jīn yuán dà jǐu diàn 金源大酒店) and the Underground Entertainment Mall "Sleepless City" (jīn yuán yè chéng 金源不夜城) amongst its attractions. Paradise Walk Shopping Mall is second only to Jiefangbei as a shopping destination, offering first class international one stop shopping experience in Jiangbei District. The Mall features a rock climbing centre, gymnasium, a cinema complex, outdoor cafes, restaurants,stores and boutiques catering to all ages and many tastes.

Nan Bin RoadNan Bin Road (nán bīn lù 南滨路)
Nan Bin Road boasts a newly opened flower market that has become a leisure hotspot for locals and tourists in Nan Ping (nán píng 南坪). Over 100 flower shops, handicrafts stores and tea houses line both sides of the street. Flower houses in European and traditional Chinese styles have picturesque settings in bright colors and with good smells. In addition to the various kinds of blossoms, you can also find many delicate miniature landscapes.


Maison Mode Times
Address: No.100 Zourong Road (zōu róng lù 邹容路), Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区).

Metropolitan Plaza (Pacific Department Store)
Address: No.68 Zourong Road (zōu róng lù 邹容路), Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区).

Far Eastern Department Store
Address: No.10 Beicheng Tianjie (běi chéng tiān jiē 北城天街), Jiangbei District (jiāng běi qū 江北区).

Parkson
Address:
No.78 Changjiang Er Lu (cháng jiāng 2 lù 长江2路), Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区).
No.2 West Nanping Road (nán píng lù 南坪路), Nan’an District (nán àn qū 南岸区).

Jiamao Shopping Mall (jiā mào bǎi huò 嘉茂百货)
Address: Three Gorges Square, No.29 Xiaoxin Street (xiǎo xīn jiē 小新街), Shapingba District (shā píng bà qū 沙坪坝区).

Wanfujing Department Store (wáng fǔ jǐng bǎi huò 王府井百货)
Address:
Diwang Square (dì wáng guǎng chǎng 帝王广场), No.166 Minzu Road (mín zú lù 民族路), Yuzhong District (yú zhōng qū 渝中区).
Three Gorges Square, No.29 Xiaoxin Street (xiǎo xīn jiē 小新街), Shapingba District (shā píng bà qū 沙坪坝区).


Transportation in Chongqing

TrafficChongqing has a diverse and comprehensive transport system which includes some interesting modes of transport found in very few of China’s major cities. A visit here should include a ride by cable car across either the Yangtze or Jialing rivers.


By bus
City buses in Chongqing are classified into ordinary, medium-grade and high-grade vehicles and prices range from Y1 to Y3 for across town routes. The medium ones correspond to air-conditioned buses in other cities. The starting fare is CNY1.5 and a little bit higher than ordinary ones. The smaller 700 buses and some of the small 800 buses run as late as midnight.

TaxiBy taxi
Flag fall Y5 (Y1.20 per km) is the cheapest of any major city of this size.
The distinctive "bee" yellow of the regular Chongqing taxi is a rather appropriate colour as they work hard to move people around the city and the high-quality service of the clean taxies is one of the characteristics of Chongqing.
Tips: Taxis will often be hard to find from about 3.00pm until 5.00pm which is when they are returning to base to refuel for a change of shift and unless you are going where they are headed you may have to wait for some time and fight for your turn.

Light railBy light rail
The first city rail line in western China, light rail line No.2, went into operation on June 18, 2005. It runs partway along the Jialing River and has become a popular sightseeing ride for both locals and tourists. Running from Jiaochangkou (jiào chǎng kǒu 较场口) on the peninsular to Xinshancun (xīn shān cūn 新山村) in the western suburbs, this line covers tourist attractions such as the Peoples Great Hall, Three Gorges Museum, the new Olympic Sports Centre at Yuanjiagang (yuán jiā gǎng 袁家岗) and the Zoo at Yangjiaping (yáng jiā píng 杨家坪).
Chongqing has plans to build ten rail lines. The fare varies from CNY2 to 4.

By city cable car
City Cable CarThis cable is unique cultural landscape in Chongqing. Two pairs of Cable Car cross each of the Rivers that carve up the city and are an excellent way to get a bird’s eye view of them both.

Yangtze River Cable Car
This is located on Xin Hua Road (xīn huá lù 新华路) opposite the bus stop not far from the Metropolitan Plaza and up the hill from the Carrefour. Southbank terminal is in Nanan District (nán àn qū 南岸区) just above Nanbin Road (nán bīn lù 南滨路) at Long Men Hao Docks (lóng mén hào 龙门浩). It’s a short walk up the hill to Shangxinjie (shàng xīn jiē 上新街) with buses to Nanshan Park (nán shān gōng yuán 南山公园) or down the hill to Nanbin Lu (nán bīn lù 南滨路).

Jialing River Cable Car
This is located on Cang Bai Road (cāng bái lù 苍白路) across from Hongyadong (hóng yá dòng 洪崖洞) with the northern terminal in Jiangbei Cheng (jiāng běi chéng 江北城) where there is very little to see as this section of the city is currently being redeveloped to house a new entertainment complex.

Cable CarThey run from 7:00 to 21:00. It costs CNY2 per person and takes four to five minutes one-way to cross the cableways.
Tips:
Very famous Chinese actress Gong Li (gǒng lì 巩俐), riding the "Zhou Yu’s train (zhōu yú de huǒ chē 周渔的火车)" came to the Yangtze River ropeway, the "Gate (mén 门)" and "Crazy Stone (fēng kuáng de shí tóu 疯狂的石头)" are to make the two cables even more renowned in China and foreign,over more than 20 movie groups came here and film. Therefore, the two ropeways also be regarded as small photographic base as well.

EscalatorBy escalator
Believe it or not, escalators are part of the transportation system in Chongqing, due to its rugged terrain. Near the railway station, there is an elevator on the Kaixuan Road (kǎi xuán lù 凯旋路), combining with the upper and lower of the street and Chongqing is home to one of the longest escalators in Asia. There is also one on Kaixuan Road. A small fare is charged for taking the escalators.

MotorbikesBy motorbikes and three wheelers 
Motorbikes are an ideal mode of transport for this city of narrow windy streets that often choke with traffic jams. Fares are negotiable for one or two passengers.



Dialect
Chongqing is a boisterous city. Due to the large population, every corner is filled with noise. Unlike other big cities, Chongqing people rarely to speak Mandarin Chinese, but the local Sichuan dialect.

Contact
The area dialing code for Chongqing is 023. From overseas, dial +86 23 XXXX-XXXX. Phone numbers are 8 digits.

Emergency numbers are:
SignAmbulance: 120
Fire: 119
Police: 110
Weather: 121
Phone number directory: 114
Tourist Complaint Hotline: 023-63705525
Chongqing Exit-Entry Administration Bureau: 023-63962043
Chongqing Municipal Government Tourism Bureau: 023-63712218
 

More information about Chongqing
Furnaces
Nicknames of Chongqing
"the Furnace"
Known as one of China‘s "Three Furnaces", along with Wuhan (wǔ hàn 武汉) and Nanjing (nán jīng 南京), Chongqing is unbearably hot during the summer. The surrounding mountains seem to trap the heat.

"Fog City"
Fog CityAlso known as "Fog City" in addition to "the Furnace," The city has a humid, cloudy climate with a long rainy season but scarce snow and frost. Rain is particularly plentiful in the nighttime during the weeks when spring passes into summer, giving rise to the common reference "night rain in the hills of Ba (bā shān yè 巴山夜雨)''. Chongqing is covered with a thick layer of fog for an average of 68 days a year, usually in spring or autumn. The fog gives the place Mountain cityan air of mystery.

"mountain city"
Spread across a number of low hills (average elevation of 400 meters), surrounded by mountains, and straddling the Yangtze River, Chongqing is a natural wonder and named as “mountain city”. Due to the hilly terrain Chongqing is the only major metropolis in china without significant numbers of bicycles.
 

Beauty
Beautifil girlsSpeaking of Chonqing, we have to mention beauty. Chongqing is known to have many beautiful girls. This fog city is humid perennially. It’s the best cosmetics and moisturizing agents to protect the skins. In addition, with properly maintained and stylish fashion, walking in Chongqing, you will likely come across many beautiful girls. So it is hardly surprising that many models are native Chonqing girls. Now there is a very popular saying, "When you arrive in Chongqing, you will find yourself married too early".
There are usually many beauties on Liberation Road. The luxury shopping here is their paradise. Every weekend or in the evening, many people like to sit on this road to have a rest. Of course, you will naturally enjoy watching the coming and going beauties. Local people call this phenomenon as "Dawang (dǎ wàng 打望)(looking around)"

"Bangbang (bàng bàng 棒棒)"Bangbang
Because of the steep terrain, fewer people would like to choose cars to carry their heavy things. So everywhere in Chongqing, you can see many people help others carry heavy things on a Bangbang (stick). But they must be paid. People call them "Bangbang". They appear every where, such as the wharf, bus situation, outside of the shops and the streets. Their equipment is simply a stick and a piece of string.

 

Last Updated on Saturday, 24 July 2010 12:14
 

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