Welcome to Chongqing City

The city sprawling down both banks of the Yangzi River for kilometres – with further development ongoing – but very little remains of old Chóngqìng. Yet the city has a unique energy that makes it a fascinating place and the locals are some of the most welcoming in all China. The gritty docks, too, are a permanent reminder of how Chóngqìng's fortunes have long been tied to the river that flows through it.

Chóngqìng is sometimes mistakenly referred to as the most populous city in the world. It isn’t. Figures for the whole municipality’s population are just over 30 million but, for now anyway, the city of Chóngqìng itself has just over 13 million inhabitants.

The city centre is a peninsula poking out horizontally between the Yangzi and Jiālíng rivers. This area is called the Yúzhōng District (渝中区), and the busy urban core at its eastern tip is known as Jiěfàngbēi (解放碑). To the north of Yúzhōng across the Jiālíng River is Jiāngběi (江北区), which is mostly residential buildings and new, upscale tower blocks. To the south of Yúzhōng across the Yangzi is Nán'àn (南岸区); the main attractions for visitors are the strands of new bars and restaurants along the waterfront. West of Yúzhōng is Shāpíngbà (沙坪坝区), home to several universities and some of Chóngqìng's hipper nightlife.

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$425 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Chongqing to Yichang 3-Night Cruise: Excursions, Meals, Room

Victoria Jenna departs from Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing every Monday night at 20:00 and take you to the most popular attractions along Yangtze River including Shibaozhai, Goddess Stream(Shen'nv Stream) and Three Gorges Dam. The cruise will end around 12:30 in New Century Port in Yichang, Hubei China for your onward journey.ItineraryDay 1: Check in to the cruise at Chaotianmen Port in Chongqing before 20:00Day 2: Shore excursions to Shibaozhai[B, L, D]Day 3: Shore excursion to Goddess Stream(Shen'nv Stream)[B, L, D]Day 4: Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam. Cruise check-out in Yichang around 12:30 pm [B]Optional Excursion: If you are interested in the optional excursions, please sign up on the cruise: • Fengdu Ghost City on Day 2 • White Emperor City on Day 3

$475 Multi-day & Extended Tours

4-Day 3-Night Yangtze Gold Three Gorges Cruise Tour from Chongqing to Yichang

The Yangtze Gold 1 cruise departs from Chaotianmen dock in Chongqing every Thursday night at 8pm and takes you to the most popular attractions along Yangtze River including Fengdu Ghost City, Lesser Three Gorges and Three Gorges Dam. The cruise will end close to 12:30pm in Yichang, Hubei Province for your onward journey.ItineraryDay 1: Check in to the cruise at Chaotianmen in Chongqing before 8pmDay 2: Shore excursions to Fengdu Ghost City [B, L, D]Day 3: Shore excursion to Lesser Three Gorges [B, L, D]Day 4: Shore excursion to Three Gorges Dam. Cruise check-out in Yichang around 12:30pm [B]Optional Excursion: If you are interested in the optional excursions, please sign up on the cruise: • Shibaozhai on Day 2 • White Emperor City on Day 3

$439 Multi-day & Extended Tours

Yichang to Chongqing: Yangtze River 5-Day Cruise, Meals, Cabin

President No. 7 departs from New Century Port in Yichan every Saturday night at 20:00 and take you to the most popular attractions along Yangtze River including Three Gorges Dam, Shennong Stream and Shibaozhai. The cruise will end in Chongqing, Sichuan for your onward journey.

$47 Tours & Sightseeing

Private Tour: Best of Chongqing Including Chongqing Museum

You’ll be picked up from your Chongqing hotel and taken by private air-conditioned vehicle on a tour to the city’s top attractions. Your expert local guide will explain how Chongqing, a major port, is called ‘Mountain City,’ as it lies at the intersection of the Yangtze River and Jialing River. Morning Half-Day Tour: Get a great view of both these rivers at Eling Park, which was built as a private garden in 1909 and is located on Eling Mountain. Discover how this mountain attained its former name of Goose Nape Hill – its narrow shape resembles the nape of a goose’s neck.Next, head to the top of Pipashan (Pipa Mountain) for a tour of the Chongqing Museum, featuring more than 40 exhibit halls displaying 100,000 relics spanning more than 3,000 years of history. With your guide, browse interesting cultural and artistic antiques including bronze wares, pottery, paintings, porcelain and sculptures. You'll then return to your hotel in the afternoon.Afternoon Half-Day Tour: After hotel pickup, head straight to the General Joseph W Stilwell Museum, founded in memory of the American general who contributed a great deal, politically and militarily, to the Chinese people. This three-story museum is actually Stilwell's former residence and headquarters, and in the courtyard, you’ll see an engraving of a speech by American president Franklin D Roosevelt.Your next stop is Arhat Temple, whose location is a bit of a surprise; wedged tightly between skyscrapers and apartment blocks, this 1,000-year-old Buddhist temple and monastery is a place of worship and home to 18 monks. As you approach the entrance, you’ll notice hundreds of terracotta sculptures. Step inside with your guide and walk around for a glimpse into this region's religious culture. Finally, get a taste of Chinese wildlife on a visit to the Chongqing Zoo, where you’ll see adorable pandas! You’ll be taken back to your hotel in the evening.Full-Day Tour:Choose the full-day tour and enjoy all of these activities, including a lunch of traditional Chinese specialties before continuing your tour to the General Joseph W Stilwell Museum. Hotel drop-off is included in the evening.

$86 Cultural & Theme Tours

1 Day Private Tour of Most Beautiful Heishan Valley in Chongqing Including Lunch

In the morning, you will be picked up from your hotel entrance lobby and set off on a 2 hours freeway ride (75 miles/120 kilometers) to Heishan Valley (Black Mountain Valley), along the way, enjoy great and unique hilly Chongqing countryside views. After arriving at Heishan Valley, count the steps down the valley to the bottom with a 30 minutes walk (or take a cable car at your own expense) and see karst caves and waterfalls as you descent. Take a 4 hours (4 miles/6 kilometers) hike on plank roads and floating bridges in Valley with crystal streams, waterfalls, caves, origin forest, and wildlife. After a day of full immersion at the natural genome bank, your will set off on the freeway again and head back to your Chongqing hotel.

$67.78 Cultural & Theme Tours

Chongqing Private Full-Day Sightseeing Tour with Hot Pot Lunch

Your guide will meet you in the lobby of your downtown hotel or your Yangtze River cruise boat terminal at 8:30am to commence your Chongqing city tour by air-conditioned private car. Your first stop today is at the vast Chongqing Zoo located just 5 miles (8 kms) from the city center. First opened in 1953, the zoo has undergone many upgrades over the years and now covers an area of over 110 acres. In 1989, the Panda House was built, providing these rare animals a more natural environment to live in. The Panda House will be a highlight of your zoo visit, but there are over 240 species of birds, fish, and other animals to see.From Chongqing Zoo, travel to Erling Park located on Erling Mountain at the western side of Chongqing, which is one of the oldest private gardens in the city. The Jialing and Yangtze Rivers flow through the foot of the park. Built toward the end of the Qing Dynasty, Erling contains several pavilions, pathways, corridors, lotus ponds, and bridges around the gardens. At lunch time, you will be asked if you like spicy food! Chongqing is renowned for its spicy cuisine, and if that appeals to you, then your lunch today will be a traditional Chongqing Hot Pot; or, if you prefer a more traditional Chinese meal, then that can also be arranged. After lunch, continue to Three Gorges Museum where you will find a large display depicting the Three Gorges Region of Yangtze River as well as a display of the history of the whole Chongqing region. Outside the museum is People’s Assembly Hall that was built in 1954, but the exterior of the building has an architectural style of the Ming and Qing Dynasties.  Your last stop today is at the heart of Chongqing City of Jiefangbei Shopping Square. The center piece of Jiefangbei area is the 90 feet (27.5 meter) tall People’s Liberation Monument, built in 1940 at the intersection of three main roads in the city. At the time, this was the tallest building in the whole Chongqing area, but today, it is surrounded by a 6.2 acres (25,000 sq meters) shopping precinct that is flanked by skyscraper office buildings, international hotels, department stores, restaurants, and a host of other retail and entertainment facilities. Today, the People’s Liberation Monument is dwarfed by the many tall buildings around it. You will have plenty of time to walk around and enjoy the traffic free pedestrian streets. Jiefangbei is located immediately uphill from Chaotinmen Port at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. For a completely different perspective of these two rivers, there is a cable car starts at Jiefangbei and spans the Yangtze River. If you are adventurous and want to take this ride (ticket is at your own cost), your guide will assist you in obtaining your ticket. After your visit to Jiefangbei, return to your downtown hotel where your tour ends.