Chongqing Things to Do

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    Three Gorges Museum - Pottery

    by Willettsworld Written May 18, 2009

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    These exhibits reflect the social life of the Han dynasty with their vivid appearances and designs. Various pottery figures, including storytellers, singers and dancers, musicians, cooks, etc, are meticulously carved with lifelike expressions and the surface carving of picture bricks and stones describe incisively people's yearning for a happy life.

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    Three Gorges Museum - Bronzes

    by Willettsworld Written May 18, 2009

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    The Three Gorges Museum's bronzes section is vast. In this section, Ba-Shu bronze weapons are most noticeable. Exquisitely made and elaborately engraved, these weapons, especially "Round top axe" and "Spear with two ringsā€, all express distinctive local features of the Ba culture.

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    Three Gorges Museum

    by Willettsworld Written May 18, 2009

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    The Three Gorges Museum was one of the best museums I visited during my three months in China. It was founded in 1951 as the Southwest Museum and was renamed as Chongqing Museum in 1955 before changing name again to its present name in 2005. Covering a construction area of 5500 sqm, the museum has over 40 exhibiting halls with about 100,000 pieces of relics, which spans over 3000 years history from the ancient Kingdom of Ba and the near-mythical Three Kingdoms Period to World War Two and the Chinese Revolution.

    These antiquities mainly include bronze wares, pottery, paintings, porcelain, sculptures, etc, of which relics of Ba-Shu culture, painting of various dynasties, terra-cotta and sculpture of the Han dynasty and pottery and porcelain are most famous.

    Open: 9:30am-5pm. Admission: Y40.

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    Flying Tigers Story

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 7, 2007

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    WE visited the WW11 Stillwell headquarters which were here in Chongqing IT was here that the legendary Flying Tigers were born. They were a fighter group that trained in China and defended the Burma supply line to China over the Himalayas known as the "Hump" before the United States entered the war.

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    Siberian Tiger

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 7, 2007

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    Only a little over of these tigers exist in the wild , with over 400 in captivity . Thanks to some government crackdowns ( late is better than never , I guess) his numbers have increased from only 40. They live in Russia and Northern China.

    They are so magnificant! We are told they are the largest of the entire cat family. Let's hope we can keep them in our world .

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    Red Panda

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 7, 2007

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    This cute little guy ,weighing only 3 - 6 kg (7 - 13 lb) looks more like a racoon than a panda. He eats only bamboo a can be found in the Northern parts of China . Sadly ,like so many of the worlds beautiful animals , he is rare and his numbers are continually declining as he looses his natural habitat.

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    Giant Pandas

    by easterntrekker Written Nov 7, 2007

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    This was my first time seeing these beautiful animals and they put a quite a show. As much as I was disturbed to see these wonderful pandas behind bars , I had to admit they seemed oblivious to us the tourists and the bars as they happily chomped their bamboo. We learned how difficult it is for them to survive in the wild. The female is fertile for only a very short two days a year and usually has only one cub . The good news is their numbers are on the rise as more successful breeding programs are introduced.

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    Chaotianmen Markets

    by kaparu2 Written Jun 13, 2007
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    If you have the time and the inclination a trip to the wholesale markets of Chaotianmen are a must - a rabbit warren of steps, passage ways and outlets tumbling down the river cliffs in series of steep steps - just off the city centre - only 10-15 minutes walk away - prices are very cheap but you may need to buy 100 of the item to get the deal! At the bottom cross over to the urban planning exhibition below Chaotianmen Square to see the most amazing planning models of Chongqing and surrounding areas - don't be put off by the term 'planning models' this is a truly remarkable exhibition which will leave you a little awestruck at the scale of what is happening in this city!

    Look out for the art gallery on the bottom levels and there's a good little cafe in there too - from there you can access the terrace and see across to the site where they are developing the Chongqing Opera House - an amazing design which it is hoped will rival Sydney for position and grandeur. Here too is the famous meeting of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. At night catch one of the riverboat trips to see the lights and buildings of Chongqing - you may have to pre-book through an agent. They leave from the spaces below the terrace.

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    the old parts of CQ are still alive!

    by tremendopunto Written Aug 23, 2006

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    Despite the fancy new Shanghaistyle concrete glass and marble skyscrapers, there are still some parts of the old, true traditional quarters left! CiQiKou might be the most popular, but even close to Jiefangbei you can find the old lanes. Go for a try!

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    River Cruise down the Jangtse River!

    by tremendopunto Written Aug 23, 2006

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    Where the Jangtse meets the Jialing River

    Chongqing is the starting point for the popular river cruises down the Chang Jinag/Jangtse river. The cruise ships leave from these docks here, where the muddy Jangtse meets the deep blue Jialing River. What a beautiful mix of colours!

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    Dazu Buddhist Grottoes

    by nepalgoods Written Oct 23, 2005

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    About 130km away from chongqing is Dazu, an old small town. There is a odern highway nw, which makes the trip to Dazu a day-trip from Chongqing. Around Dazu there are many beautiful Buddhist grottoes, reliefs and sculpture hidden in the mountains. This area has been so far away from everything, that the grottoes survided the Cultural Revolution without any harm done to them. It is said, that there are about 50.000 Rock Carvings in the hills around Dazu. They are from Buddhist, Daoist and Confucian origin.

    In 1991 I visited the sculptures of Beishan, which are only a small walk away from Dazu Center. I liked hiking in the mountains and to discover the small temples and the beautiful sculptures.

    This year (2005) I saw the sculptures of Baodingshan. Baodingshan is about 15 km from Dazu. There are mInibuses going there. Hidden in a beautifula narrow valley are the colorful sculptures. They are many centuries old, the oldest Rock Carvings are from Tang-Dynasty. In Baodingshan a Buddhist sect carved their ideas of a mixed Buddhist and Daoist Universum into the walls of the valley. There are impressive reliefs of Hell and Saints. Most impressive and still worshipped is the sculpture of Boddhisattva Avalokiteshvara, a beautigulg statue with thousand arms (!).

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    Ci Qi Kou - Porcelain Village

    by nepalgoods Written Oct 23, 2005

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    With a long history of porcelain production, the former village of Long yin changed its name to Ci Qi Kou, which means Porcelain Village. Since many centuries the village had been also an important supply post for shipping on the river. That explains, why there are so many shops along the narrows lanes. Even though it is now an interesting tourist spot, the shops and the houses are still full of normal local live.

    The majority of the houses date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, periods during which many masterpieces of Chinese architecture were created. Much of the two and three storey construction is of bamboo and timber. Blue bricks and pillars set off the snow-white walls that contrast in turn with vermilion doors and lattice windows. Black tablets and lanterns adorn the gates to complete the authentic and traditional appearance of the properties. The quietly flowing waters of the Jia Ling River pass by the front of the village and have been its lifeblood for as long as anyone can remember. For it was the river that brought goods and people here as well as carrying local products off to customers at home and abroad.

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    3-Gorges-Dam-Museum

    by nepalgoods Written Oct 23, 2005

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    Chongqing 3-Gorges-Dam-Museum

    This big museum opened this year. Its architecture is to resembles the 3-Gorges -Dam. From this name I thought, the museum mainly shows technical details of the 3-Gorges-Dam. Actully it shows many aspect of the 3-Gorges-Area. There is the history of the 3-Gorges-Dam, but are also hall displaying the beautiful landscape and fauna and flora around the Yangzi-River. Other halls show the history of Chongqing. I loved the porcellain-exhibition. The museum is very modern and shows everything together with Audio-guides, interactive maps and a nice design.

    I fullheartedly recommend to visit this museum.

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    Yangzi River

    by nepalgoods Updated Oct 18, 2005

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    Most people in Europe know Chongqing because it is the starting point of Yangzi-Cruises downriver.

    The Yangzi River is about 6.300km long. It is the longest river in Asia. That is why the Chinese people call the Yangzi "Changjiang" which means "Long River".

    The Yangzi River is very important economically. The Three-Gorges-Damm will provide China with electricity and protect the plains downriver from the yearly floods.

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    City Wall

    by nepalgoods Written Oct 18, 2005

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    Like most old and big cities Chongqing also had a massive city wall. Most of it is turned down many years ago. But as people in China now appreciate their history they discover the ruins of their past and try to restore and renovate the bits and pieces, which survived until today.

    Chongqing City Wall is a piece of about 200 metres. I only saw it in the night, when it seems to be a dancing and Karaoke-bar. Very funny!

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