No. 9 Business Hotel
29 Xinyi Street, Chongqing, Chongqing, 400011, China
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Travel Tips for Chongqing
As with other cities in China there seemed to be a regular crowd of street exercisers to be found. I remember being impressed by a very old man that had a huge sword!! He moved it it through the air beautifully and effortlessly. Sadly I didn't take any photos of the exercisers in Chongqing. You'll have to come and take your own!! The photo that I've used is an out of focus photo of a guy in the market.
An ancient city with a very modern face
Chongqing is one of the four municipalities in China and the only one in western China. It has a mixed history as a capital during the dynasties period and was the first inland commercial centre open to foreign trade in 1891. Chongqing was the war-time capital during the Second World War and the base of the Chinese Air Force and the 1st American Volunteer Group or 'Flying Tigers'.
The city is one of the few in China to have almost no bicycles - it is very hilly. One of the main forms of public transport is a monorail which actually runs through the ground floor of many apartment buildings.
Chongqing has a number of nicknames - one being the 'City of Bridges' because of the numerous bridges crossing the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. The other well known name is the 'Fog Capital'. The presence of fog during spring and winter is historical and has been known to have saved the city from enemies. Now Chongqing is shrouded in a mixture of pollution and fog.
Chongqing has quite a lot to offer the tourist though most, like me, are there to join a Yangtze River cruise. I enjoyed the Flying Tigers Museum, and a walk through Eling Park to a traditional tea house.
Some of the things to see (that I didn't) are - Luohan Si (Ming-era temple); Chongqing Museum; Stilwell Museum for General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell; Great Hall of the People (based on the one in Beijing) and the Renmin Hotel.
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