Chongqing Harmony Hotel
No.81 Yuzhou Road, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing, Chongqing Region, China
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Travel Tips for Chongqing
This busy bridge is a key infrastructural link, and for many years was one of the few routes connecting Chongqing with the rest of China. Completed in 1996, it is 150 metres long and 60 metres above the Jialing River, affording good views of river traffic and the city.
Qi Pei fang is an almost forgotten place just a few meters from one of Chongqing's busiest round-abouts in Daping. Today all that remains of the Seven Memorial Gates is a narrow alley which will walk you back more than 150 years.
In those days it was the road to Chengdu and over the years memorial stones were raised in honour of city leaders, heroic husbands and faithful widows of Chongging. Now under State protection 23 remain standing.
Nearby, a small museum of timber memorial door plaques dating back more than 100 years is on display in the private home of one of the city's avid historians and antique collectors.
"Lingering in Lianglukou"
Lianglukou as its name suggests is still an important road junction in Chongqing. It is situated on high ground overlooking the Caiyuanba train and bus stations. Here you’ll also find the longest elevator in South-east Asia along side an impressively long set of well-worn stone stairs.
Recent building demolition and continuing road works on the approaches to the new Yangtze River bridge that will also carry the light rail to the southern districts of the city have exposed another well hidden remnant of old Chongqing.
For many of us Lianglukou is just a huge round-about near city landmarks like the Sports Stadium and Hilton Hotel but behind the more modern façade of tall buildings there’s a tight-knit community clinging to the hillsides of this little gully.
Small hotpot restaurants and other small business line the only one real ‘street’ to be found in this little island of the city. At barely two meters wide it is a pedestrian way these days. Senior citizens in their eighties and nineties have called this bustling thoroughfare home for decades. You’ll find them enjoying a friendly game of mahjong or cards in the outdoors.
But you’ll be warned to take a walk at your peril down the straggling unkempt stairs that wind between the shabby and often makeshift traditional timber, bamboo and mud houses. They are also home to a rough neighbourhood. Everyone we encountered was curious, friendly and informative and we felt no threat. Perhaps it’s different after dark.
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