Not yet on the tourist trail, so not a lot of foreign visitors. Still, the locals are very helpful. Our taxi driver played tour guide when we went to Chiang Kai Shek's house.
He didn't speak English, we didn't speak Chinese - but it worked & we ALL had a good time.
This is a nice place for vacation and relax since weather is good and you can walk around on the city.
We have lived in Chongqing for 18 months and it is a very dynamic city. There are old parts of Chongqing you can find but you need a local person to help since they are being demolished quickly! I suggest you visit Ci Qi Kou and especially the Tang family house (on the right as you enter the old town).
Ci Qi Kou can get very busy at the weekends. The Three Gorges museum in Remin Square is very good and worth a visit. The metro is very convenient and if you are staying some time buy a stored value card rather buying tickets for every trip.
I travel around China very frequently, but Chongqing is my least favorite city. People are crude, rude, unsophisticated, loud, unkind to strangers, and often dirty.
Starting from dealing with university people (who are supposed to be educated) to taxi drivers. So, it was quite refreshing to return to the hotel where employees are so friendly, helpful and kind.
Chonqing has a great metro system, with English signs and announcements and English options on the ticket machines.
The metro is very, very crowded at times, and some of the stations are pretty labyrinthine. There is great food to be had in the area near Lianglukou station. Bayi Road has some good food, too, and the shopping around the People's Liberation Monument is astonishing. The Three Gorges Museum is surprisingly interesting, and the village of Ciqikou is interesting, if touristy, and easy to reach by metro. Don't rely on mobile broadband for maps etc - it is very unreliable.
Terrible place in a permanent state of unrest. Only good to catch the 3 gorges cruise ship to Yichang
Did not have much time to travel around chongqing because we only have 1 night to spend in Chongqing after our arrival from cruise journey.
The shopping area is very good, have those branded stuff with more than 100 shops.
- Yuzhong area (jiefangbei) is a must - Chaotianmen, you can pass it - Spend 2-3 hours at the old town Ciqikou, you would love it - Don't take a cap travel around downtown, bad traffic, and the cap driver get use to taking another customer during your ride.
Try metro, convenient.
I was a bit disappointed with my stay in Chongqing. My initial plans to visit the hot springs were all thwarted because none of the transportation runs to the location at the time.
There was one that took over 3 hours to get to with multiple transfers, but once I arrived, I realized that the hot spring was monopolized by a luxury hotel that came with an entrance fee.
A major metropolis with an interesting sub culture. Chongqing lifestyle is very unique and offer transcending feel to first time travelers who wish to see a city that is beyond the invasion of major international brands.
the food is a must try and the experience of tea culture is an highlight
A short free and easy trip. First time in Chongqing. Would consider revisiting Chongqing if time permits.
Personally prefers sight seeing using the metro system as main mode of transport.
for what i saw, it has a lot to offer , if you had the time. unfortunately i was restricted to just 2 days.
so i cant give a good reliable account of all the city. but what i did see i liked.
This country have many places that it's interested to visit such as People's Museum, Indipendent Museum etc.
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Cost of food and transportation is relatively cheaper than other Chinese metropolis, especially the coastal ones such as Beijing, Shanghai, or Hangzhou.
Not a lot of history in this city, but lots of natural beautiful scenery an hour or so outside the central business districts, on the outskirts of the city.
Many people only come to Chongqing to get on a boat down the river to do the Three gorges cruise. They are missing out on the wonderful experience that is Chongqing.
If you have time, there are many beautiful parks, great shopping areas (Jie Feng Bei, Jiang Bei centre, Sha Ping Bai) and you cannot go to Chongqing without going for the authentic Chongqing hotpot (a chilli steamboat that you cook your food in). Also, if you have time, there is the "ancient" area of town called Ci Qi Kou (close to Sha Ping Ba), but anywhere you go, just walking down the back streets, exploring, trying some of the local delicacies along the way is an exciting way to get to know the city.
Chongqing is a wonderful city. the only downside is that the people there speak very little English. However, we still managed to get around OK.
Given the mountains and wonderful scenery it is definetly a place i would recommend for a visit. It is also very good for shopping and culturla experiences
While the old river front was very interesting , picturesque , historical and worth seeing the whole city is very big and appeared to be quite polluted.
We did not see any clear sky even when it was not cloudy.
It's one of the beautiful city of China in my opinion. The night scenery of Yangtez river side is quite impressive and beautiful.
You can enjoy the famouse Chongqing style food (huogua)too.
I was surprised at how green the city is. There are trees everywhere and glimpses of old city walls can be seen when travelling about the Yuzhong District.
Shopping is also good as are public transport links.
Chongqing is a very vibrant city. But traffic jam is very bad. To and from Yuzhong, the traffic is bad.
Too many vehicles. Slow travelling time. Food are all hot hot hot. But every traveller must try the hot pot. Otherwise the trip to Chongqing is not complete! The best part about visiting Chongqing is to be able to view the Dazu Cave Carving, which is about 2 hour ride away from Chongqing. It is just superb! Everyone visiting Chongqing must set aside one day to visit Dazu cave carvings. There are many local tours to Dazu, starting at about 8.00 am in the morning, and back to Chongqing at 6.00 pm. The trip is fairly well organized. For RMB 300 per person, you get a ride on the tourist coach direct to Dazu. Lunch, which is included, is a fairly decent meal, with meat, fish and vegetables. Good enough for a fussy and big eater like myself.