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Chongqing

Chongqing is a famous historical and cultural city in China. It has a written history of over 3,000 years, and is the birthplace of Ba-yu Culture. Since Jialing River was called 'Yu Water' in the past, Chongqing is also referred to as 'Yu'. Chongqing is located in the Southwestern area in the intra-continent of China, at the intersection of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, and at the transition between the Qinghai-Tibet plateau and the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. When we think of Chongqing, mountain city, city of fog, furnace, beauty and hot pot come to mind, as well as the exquisite Dazu rock carvings and Wulong's geological wonders. The natural, historical and cultural landscapes of this city along the Yangtze River should not be missed.

Yangtze Three Gorges

The Yangtze Three Gorges are a series of gorges with spectacular mountain and river views of the Yangtze River and are one of China's top ten scenic spots. The Yangtze Three Gorges are the only gorges in the world where tourists can have boat tours and they are also one of the two Chinese golden tourism routes recommended to the world. The Yangtze Three Gorges are famous locally and abroad for their magnificent natural scenery.

Address:Qutang Gorge is located in Fengjie County in Chongqing.

Dazu rock carvings

The Dazu rock carving group includes more than 100,000 rock carvings at more than 70 locations. The grand scale, exquisite art, rich content and good preservation of the rock carvings are rare in the world. Among the Dazu rock carvings, the rock carvings at Baoding Mountain and Beishan Cliff are the most famous, representing the highest level of the art of rock carving from the Tang and Song periods. Among the Dazu rock carvings, Buddhist statues are dominant, followed by Confucian and Taoist statues, demonstrating the filial piety, integrity and etiquette of China and being a model of late rock carving art in China. The Dazu rock carvings have amazed many domestic and foreign dignitaries and celebrities and won their high praise. Now, the Dazu rock carvings are a must for domestic and foreign visitors on their trips to the Sichuan and Chongqing regions.

Address:7 Beishan Road, Dazu District, Chongqing.

Ciqikou

Ciqikou is also called 'Small Chongqing'. The old town has 12 streets, along which there are many Ming- and Qing-style buildings. The ground is paved with slate and all kinds of stores are found on both sides of the streets. Business and trade are centralized on the large piers and Jinrong Street, close to the piers. Ciqikou is the birthplace of Sha-Ci culture and is named after the porcelain produced here. The porcelain produced at Ciqikou is of good quality and a wide variety is available. The most distinctive is the teahouse.In the past, there were teahouses everywhere in this millennium town. In the past, sailors, Paoge Gang Group members and other people liked drinking tea at teahouses; therefore, teahouses became places for all kinds of people to gather. At present, teahouses are still found in Ciqikou. Along a 100-meter-long old street, there are 13 teahouses, preserving the ancient style, and all of them are full of guests.

Address:Jialing River coast, 14 kilometers to the west of Chongqing.

Chongqing has always been famous for folk handicrafts. Sichuan embroidery, together with Suzhou, Hunan and Guangdong embroidery, have been called China's four famous embroideries since the beginning of the Southern Song Dynasty. Rongchang folding fans were exported during the Qing Dynasty. In addition, all kinds of bamboo weaving, brocades of Tujia Nationality, Long Water hardware and Three Gorges inkstones all have strong ethnic and local character.

Liberation Monument Pedestrian Street

The Liberation Monument central business district, known as the 'First Street in the West', has an average daily flow of over 300,000 people, over 4,400 commercial service facilities, over 20 shopping malls, and nearly 100 financial outlets and stock exchanges within an area of less than one square kilometer. In addition, over 500 restaurants, hotels, entertainment and information intermediaries and other social service establishments are gathered here, making it a good place for recreation and also a gathering place for Chongqing beauties.

Address:Yuzhong District of Chongqing.

North City Tian Jie

The shopping mall was constructed with international cutting-edge business concepts, covering a construction area of about 140,000 square meters. As one of the largest and most full-featured megamalls in Chongqing, it integrates shopping, leisure, dining and entertainment, and is a preferred choice of fashionable people for leisure and shopping in Chongqing.

Address:Jiangbei District, Chongqing.

In Chongqing cuisine, spiciness is the dominant feature. It is not just spicy – it is thoroughly and refreshingly spicy. Chongqing food is also sour. Sichuan peppers, black peppers and other ingredients can be used by chefs to create various amazing and tasty dishes.

Chongqing hot pot

Undoubtedly, Chongqing's signature dishes are hot pot dishes, which were initially created by boatmen and trackers to help with the wet and cold winters and have since swept all over the country. Boiling and red soup is complemented by dozens of dishes, such as oil blood in Mong Kok, sliced meat, seafood, tripe and dishes containing a mixture of sesame oil, oyster sauce, mashed garlic and so on. The food should be cooked thoroughly before eating. A group of people sit in a circle and eat hot pot dishes while chatting with each other. This creates a really cheerful environment.

Recommended restaurant:Mangzi hot pot

Address: 8 Yulin Street, Fucheng District, Chongqing.

Noodles

The popularity of Chongqing noodles is no less than that of hot pot. In Chongqing, noodles from the stalls at the roadside are extraordinarily hot. Noodles are often eaten as breakfast or simple lunches by Chongqing people. However, the cooking process of noodles is not simple at all. The noodles are very chewy and delicious in taste. Affordable noodle stalls with good business often have no empty seats.

Address: Most noodle stalls at roadside.

Hot and sour sweet potato noodles

Hot and sour sweet potato noodles are a traditional snack of Chongqing. You can see people sitting on chairs at the roadside and eating hot and sour sweet potato noodles anywhere. The hot and sour sweet potato noodles are mainly made of sweet potatoes and peas, which are purely natural green foods. The noodles are pliable and smooth with a chewy texture. The soup is spicy and sour and can be served with pea sprouts or coriander. It is inexpensive and has always been loved by people.

Recommended restaurant:Handmade hot and sour sweet potato noodles

Address: Pedestrian Street, Tongliang County, Chongqing.

Bus

The major means of public transit in the main urban area of Chongqing is the bus. Buses are classified into ordinary buses and air-conditioned buses. The fare for an ordinary bus is one yuan and that for an air-conditioned bus is two yuan. The operation hours of the buses are 5:30 to 22:00. In addition, there are also some small buses, air-conditioned buses, circle-line sightseeing buses, peak-hour buses and midnight snack buses.

Taxi

Currently, most taxis in Chongqing are Amagatarai SX4 (sedan), followed by the Chang'an Zhixiang and a small number of Antelopes. During the daytime, the starting taxi fare is 8 yuan for 3 km and 1.8 yuan for each additional kilometer. At nighttime (22:00-6:00), the starting taxi fare is 8.9 yuan and 2.25 yuan is charged per additional kilometer. The 3 yuan gas surcharge does not apply.

Metro

The metro is an important part of Chongqing's rail transit. A 'one man one ticket' system is implemented. Passengers cannot stay in the metro for more than 180 minutes after entering a station by swiping their cards and before leaving a station. The highest ticket price for transfer is 9 yuan.

Currency: Yuan (CNY)

Power consumption: 220 V/50 Hz

Area code: +86-023

Climate

Chongqing has a subtropical humid monsoon climate, with an annual average temperature of about 18℃. The annual average precipitation is 1000 to 1350 mm in most areas. In Spring, Chongqing is warm and beautiful, with new light green branches in trees. In summer, Chongqing may have a temperature of up to 43℃ and is one of three 'furnaces' in China. At the end of Summer and during the Fall, there are many rains at night, which resulted in the saying of 'Ba Shan Ye Yu'.

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