Chongqing

 

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General Information of Chongqing

 

 

Another Name: Yu Du (渝都 in Chinese)

Location: Southwest China

Population: as of November 2010, the municipality had a population of 28,846,200.

 

 

 

 

Baidicheng, a famous attraction in Chongqing

Interesting in Chongqing

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Introduction of Chongqing

 

This city is variously dubbed "foggy city", "mountain city", and "furnace city".

 

Famous Attractions in Chongqing

The scenery of the old town in Chongqing city-Ciqikou Old Town

Local Famous Attraction--Ciqikou Old Town


1. Three Gorges Museum: The museum in Chongqing was completed and opened to the public on June 18, 2005. It’s not only a specified museum of Three Gorges but also a comprehensive historical and artistic museum. It has a collection of over 170,000 pieces of cultural relics which worth of your historical Chongqing tour.


2. Ciqikou Old Town: Old town, old wooden houses and original narrow streets--this lively old area has been partly restored, and remains an authentic and busy community in Chongqing. The old wooden houses and narrow streets furthest from the river are mostly unimproved. Closer to the river there are craft and souvenir shops, teahouses and music, and lots of Chongqing local food and snacks.

 

3. Dazu Grottoes: Buddhist figures, stone art of the indigenous Chinese religion, Taoism, as well as Confucianism—Chongqing Dazu Grottoes is a must-see place during your Chongqing tour.

 

4. Panda Room in Chongqing Zoo: Chongqing Zoo, which was built in 1955 lies on the southern suburb of Chongqing, covering an area of more than 45 hectares. The zoo owns more than 230 species of animals, with a total amount of more than 6000 animals that ranks Chongqing Zoo as one of the biggest national urban Zoos.

 

Nightlife in Chongqing

The famous Chongqing Dragon Lantern Dance

Dragon Lantern Dance in Chongqing

 

Some entertainments most loved by the locals are listed below. Your Chongqing tour should have a fantastic experience of Chongqing nightlife.

 
The Dragon Lantern of Tongliang County

Tongliang County in Chongqing has long been known for its production of dragon lanterns and the dragon lantern dance. The dance features large stage properties, exaggerated dance movements, and a grand atmosphere. It is performed amidst the blowing and beating of Chinese wind and percussion musical instruments and a display of fireworks to present an exhilarating scene of jubilation and celebration.
 

Acrobatics

Chongqing is known for its acrobatics. ‘Balancing on a Plank and Bowls Topping’ by the Chongqing Acrobatic Troupe won a silver medal at the Ninth World Acrobatics of Tomorrow Festival and the troupe’s Plate Spinning and Jumping through Hoops were winners of the Silver Lion Medal at the National Acrobatics Tournament.

 

Food in Chongqing

Famous Chongqing Hot Pot

Chongqing Hot Pot

 

Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes, especially noted for its distinctive spicy and pungent flavors. Compared to Chengdu cuisine, Chongqing dishes are spicier and stronger in taste. An array of flavorings are used in making Chongqing dishes, including Chili, pepper, sesame, fermented black beans, scallions, ginger, garlic, wine, soy sauce.

 

Nearly 40 different cooking methods are applied in the process of cooking; namely, drying, salting, spicing, pickling, frying and smoking, etc. Color, smell, flavor, shape, and nutrition are all carefully balanced in Chongqing dishes. Chongqing dishes have thus received numerous favorable comments from foodies home and abroad owing to the perfect color, smell and taste.

 

1. Chongqing Hot Pot

Chongqing food culture is symbolized by its hot pot. Spicy and hot, Chongqing Hot pot can be regarded as the wonder of Chinese Food. In the past, people in Chongqing eat hot pot to protect themselves against the low temperatures and frigid winds of the winter. The hot food and spicy soup could warm their bodies instantly and repel the dampness and coldness. Hot pot of Chongqing has gained wide popularity today, and it is enjoyed by people and regardless of seasons and regions. 


Eating Chongqing hot pot is a joyful experience. First, you need to choose the pot - spicy, pure or a combination of two - for the soup and dipping sauce. After the spiced soup boils with a hazy steam, fish, meat, bean curds and vegetables can be added. When the soup boils again, you can eat by dipping them in a little bowl of special sauce but be careful of the burning hot soup!
 

In Chongqing, hot pot restaurants can be found everywhere and many have become very popular among the local people. The most famous hot pot restaurant in Chongqing must be the Cygnet Hot-Pot Palace, which is a forerunner among the Chongqing catering service.

 

2. Chongqing specialities

Chongqing's city center is filled with restaurants and food stalls where you can taste different local specialties. The area around Jiefangbei (called Jiefangbei Central Business District), Nanbin Road, and Bayi Street teem with street vendors and restaurants. Many local specialities like tea-smoked duck, dry-stewed fish, chicken with spring water, Dan Dan spicy noodle, etc. are worth tasting, but be noted that they are mainly hot and spicy!.

 

Shopping in Chongqing

Night View of Jiefangbei, a famous shopping area in Chongqing

Night View of Jiefangbei

 

With abundant resources, Chongqing is well-known for its various local products and handicrafts. Shu (Sichuan) Embroidery, Three Gorges Ink-slab, beef jerky and Tuo tea are best gifts for friends and relatives. Visitors can buy such products in the notable supermarkets or department stores. Moreover, local products and handicrafts are varied in Chongqing. Below are some recommendations for your Chongqing tour.

 

 

Chongqing Shopping Area

Chongqing has a large pedestrian shopping area centre around Jiefangbei which is the central business district of the urban city and the centre of economic development of Chongqing Municipality. The Jiefangbei commercial Pedestrian Street centres this well-known shopping area.

 

Clusters of modern shopping malls and exclusive shops line the roadsides. Banks, theatres, KTV clubs, bookstores, hotels, bars and pubs are also quite easy to find. Some of the main buildings worth seeing include Chongqing Department Store, New Century Department Store, Commercial Mansion, Friendship Shopping Centre, Carrefour Supermarket and New Oriental Women Plaza.

 

 Recommended Things to Buy in Chongqing

1. Fermented Bean Curd

It is a traditional famous food and a good seasoning. In a bright color, it is tender and delicious.

 

2. Sichuan Beef Jerk

A food for banquet, travel and a gift for friends, it is made of tender beef, with sugar and condiment. It has unique five kinds of aroma.

 

3. Tuo Tea

Produced by Chongqing Tea Factory with the quality tea from Yunfeng Mountain, Tuo tea is good for health and weight reducing.
 

4. Rongchang Paper Fan

It is almost 450 years since the first Rongchang paper fan was made. Since then, the fan has enjoyed unique renown domestically and internationally.
 
5. Three-Gorge Stone Ink Slabs

Made of amethyst from Libi Gorge area on Jialing River, this ink slab is one of the famous ink slabs in Sichuan Province for its good quality, quick dissolution of ink and slow volatilization of ink.

 

Chongqing Travel Guide

 

China Travel Tips in Chongqing --Transportation in Chongqing
Chongqing Daza Grottoes, a famous attraction in this city

Chongqing Daza Grottoes

 

1. City Buses

Most people travel by bus. Since the signs are in Chinese and the routes and streets are often not in straight lines, taking the bus might be confusing. So go with a Chinese friend or be really sure about the bus number and the names of the stops. Tourists in Chongqing are warned that it is easy to get lost due to the many hills and valleys and the two rivers. The layout of the streets is confusing. 

 

2. Taxis

Taxis in Chongqing are relatively cheap. Make sure you know how to say where you want to go to in Chinese, carry the address on a piece of paper, or go with a Chinese person. Few taxi drivers speak English.

 

China Travel Tips in Chongqing --Best Time to Visit Chongqing

 

Located in the subtropical climate zone, Chongqing weather belongs to the humid subtropical monsoon climate with an annual average temperature of 16-18ºC (61-64ºF) and an annual average humidity of 70% — 80%. Chongqing weather is humid due to its long rainy season and dominant cloudy days. The annual average rainfall is 1000-1350mm, concentrated in summer and autumn.

 

Mist casts a veil over the city for around sixty-eight days a year in early spring, late autumn and winter, earning its nicknamed as “Foggy City”. The four seasons in Chongqing are characterized as an early spring, a hot summer, a cool autumn and a warm winter.

 

Before starting your Chongqing Tour, one of the frequently asked questions likely to torment you is "When is the best time to visit Chongqing?” The best time to visit Chongqing is spring and winter, avoiding the period of hot summer and rainy autumn. And less rainy April, September and October are probably the best months for travel. But if for a Yangtze cruise, perhaps coming in the summer and autumn is the best time to visit Chongqing so that you can bask in the sun. 

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