Clean, friendly, much to see in and around Chongqing
Can't think of any....
Real China - all in one city
There are long distance buses from stations to dazu, we used CaiYuanBa station, ticket is 53 yuan, ride is supposed to be 2 hours, but due to the traffic, it took nearly 3 hours. From dazu bus center to the grottos, you would need to either take a public bus or a taxi, we shared a taxi with another couple, it was 40 yuan.. The admission is 120yuan.more
After an afternoon visiting Chongqing it was time to board the boat for the Yangtze River cruise. The river was a long way down from the street level and you had to go down a lot of stairs along a steep wall. There I found that the boat is moored along way out in the river which was shallow at this time of year (April) and was approached over a...more
Eling Park is the earliest private garden to be built in Chongqing. It is built on a high piece of land between the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers and is known for its superb views over the city.Also known as 'Courteous Park' it was built as a private garden in 1909 and was originally the home of a wealthy merchant. It became the home of Chiang...more
This is a favourite with the expat population, usually just refered to as "Tinas" after the owner/head chef who is a local Chinese woman with an Italian boyfriend. Tinas is famous for the Pizzas, with expats making the trek from the far reaches of CQ city to sample her dishes. These are not American style pizzia with heavy doughy bases and stuffed...more
There is of course a story for the origin of Hot-Pot (Huo Guo). Long time ago, some guys came from countryside to the town for making a living. Since they were busy at their business, they had few time to prepare their meals. One day, they just cooked a pot of water, adding many kinds of seasons such as spicy pepper, pepper, numb Bunge prickly ash,...more
Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes. We got a chance to sample some of the dishes at lunch and it was pretty enjoyable. A cold beer is necessary to wash it down!!I liked the chicken better than the fish , The fish is prepared with all the bones intact and I don't have the skill to remove them!more
At Eling Park, Yikeshu or any high place where you can have a bird view of the whole city, you will find its a fantastic idea to watch the beautiful city in darkness, with its scattering lights like stars sparkling under your feet. Intensively recommended! casual or whatever you wantmore
The Harp Irish Pub is a great place to visit in Chongqing.I found the staff to all speak English, and was surprised to see Guinness & Kilkenny on tap in the middle of China. Although you can drink the cheaper Tiger beer if on a budget.....The other thing that is great, is that there were actually 34 beers on the menu, and they were all served...more
This is the Nightview from Nan`An District over the ChangJiang to Yuzhong District, Downtown Chongching with JiefangBei. You can take the cablecar over the ChangJiang. On this riverside there is a boulevard full of restaurants and bars. Enjoy your fried snake along the Jangtse River with a beautiful nightview of Chongqing! Or try the typical HotPot...more
The old Chongqing Airport - truly dreadful...like an open sewer, only worse - has been replaced by a brand new terminal constructed out of glass and corrugated iron sheeting.It is far larger than necessary, so is quiet and uncrowded. The west-facing eight-storey high glass wall doesn't seem to have any sun-flitering material as one might expect, so...more
The first part of Chongqing's new monorail system opened in June 2005. The current system is only somewhat useful for getting around in the city centre, but major expansions are under construction, including a link to the major railway station. It's very modern and clean and inexpensive with journey's costing between Y1 and Y3 depending on how far...more
Shuttle bus is available between Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport and Shangqing Si(about 3.25km away from Jiefang Bei, the downtown of CHongqing).From airport to Shangqing Si: non-scheduled shuttle service provided daily from the first flight arrival till the last one. Bus departs once it is fully seated and makes a stop at Chongqing...more
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...more
The ANTIQUE MARKET is situated in Yuzhong District, downtown Chongqing, close to Jiefang Bei. From JiefangBei walk down the MinquanLu to the round about or rotary traffic meeting the XinhuaLu (10 minutes walking). From this traffic circle you take the second street on the right side, which is called ZhongxingLu and heads down to the ChangJiangWalk...more
Well this may not be a real danger but it surprised me. You can see the time on the clock in the picture which is 10:10 AM and about 2 minutes before this there were only about 5 people to be seen. I couldn't figure it out at first but I'm guessing that they are either going to work or going to their mid-morning breaktime. If anybody from Chongqing...more
After extensive travel in China, the Chongqing McDonalds was the only place that I saw an attempted robbery.It was a purse snatch inside the restaurant. The thief was well dressed, and the purse was snatched from a group of local women who were not paying close attention to their propertymore
Along the Yangtz River there are lots of ships like the one in the picture. Travelers can spend a little and have a trip to the mini three gorges. It is a nice trip.
Chongqing is known as a one of the four 'furnaces' of China. When we were there July 2001, temperature rached 40 degrees celsius. Bring something cool, singlets and thongs for example. You can leave most of your jackets at home. Raincoats are way too hot for this weather too. Bring the disposable ones, or buy an umbrella here. They are about...more
If you are into photography or anything that requires you to blend into the crowd, bring 'earthy-coloured' backpack. (e.g. green, grey, black, brown, sandy) If you are going in summer, do bring summer clothing. You won't survive in long pants. If you are into photography or anything covert, bring earthy-coloured cotton clothing, and a flappy hat...more
Take everything you need because it's generally not available in ChongQing- unless Carrefore has it. And they probably don't.But you can buy a mobile phone for cheap here. If you don't want to, then you can always use the public phones. (see photo) Everything for all seasons except snow. Bring what you need. Developing is OK here but that's all...more
If you step back from the beautiful relief of Baodingshan, you find a smal stair, which leads into the valley. After a few steps you'll feel completely alone. The green leafs of the trees will hide the tourist masses and even swallow the noices. And when you sit qiet for a while you'll discover beautifull butterflies and lovely small flowers.more
Visitors to China quickly get used to Chinese culture being packaged and sanitised. Little is left to find its own way: anything interesting and anything that can be commercialised generally is commercialised as quickly as possible for as many people as possible.Ciqikou is just one example, but it has many redeeming features. It is a collection of...more
Football is huge here.
If you ever get a chance to go to a football match is Chongqing- GO!
The locals really get into it. The stadium is devided into sections and each section has its own crowd cheering mascot. The mascot is responsible for getting the crowd to cheer. He often has people on chinese drums to help him out. And he holds a big flag which he waves in time to the chant. It is loud and full of excitment.
The game itself is normally very good. Most of the teams have import players from other countries. The games are never international. Normally Chongqing will play another province.
When entering the stadium there are people selling newspaper. I suggest you buy some because the stadium seats are very dirty. Use the paper to sit on.
That is about all I need to tell you. Try not to visit the toilets as it may not be as clean as you would like.
Oh yeah I forgot about the army. The raid police also are present just in case something gets out of hand
All in all a very good experience.
Chongching is a huge city with a population of about 16 million...I only stayed overnight, but before catching my boat the next day I wandered around. This was nearly twenty years ago...and all I remember was its horrible 60's architecture, a grey gloomy place, and from the river it just seemed like steps upwards everywhere!more