A city of surprising contrasts, Chongqing is China’s biggest inland city and is set to get even bigger. An important economic city, booming growth has spurred the construction of skyscrapers among the ancient pagodas and old stilted houses. The World Bank lists Chongqing as one of the world’s most polluted cities, but the well-prepared traveler will be able to experience the wonders hidden behind the rough edges. International and domestic travelers arrive via Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
For tourists, the number-one draw is the Three Gorges river cruise, which can be booked through most hotels in Chongqing. The plush cruise ships are busiest from September to October when the weather and scenery are optimal. On-site attractions include museums related to the city’s stint as a wartime capital in the mid-20th century, an intentionally bohemian artists’ village, and the Three Gorges Museum
. Historically part of Sichuan, Chongqing has a spicy-hot culinary tradition, and Mongolian-styled hot pots abound. A tour of Chongqing’s best hot pot restaurants is a highlight of any visit.
Fervent investment has produced a great selection of accommodation in Chongqing, including a few 5-star franchise giants in the city center. In all, Chongqing has hundreds of hotels, with something in every price range. Be sure to check out the interactive map of Chongqing for information on hotel locations, attractions, and must-see destinations.