Top things to do

Top Choice Hotpot in Chóngqìng City

Zēng Lǎo Yāo Yú Zhuāng

Outside, it's a seething mass of people crowded around tables. Inside, it's even more packed as you descend into a former bomb shelter – white-tiled walls and a rock roof. This Chóngqìng institution is a unique, uti…
Top Choice Bar in Chóngqìng City

Cici Park

The most amenable bar in Chóngqìng, Cici’s has a very chilled vibe and bohemian furnishings. Beers are affordable, mixers start at ¥30 and sometimes there are DJs and live music. It attracts a mixed crowd of both lo…
Archaeological Site in Dàzú Buddhist Caves

Treasured Summit Hill

If you only have time for one Dàzú stop, make it this, the largest and most impressive of the sites. Of all the stunning sculptures here, which are believed to have been carved between 1174 and 1252, the centrepiece…
Park in Wǔlóng

Wǔlóng County National Geology Park

About 20km from the town of Wǔlóng, this fairy-tale landscape of river-run gorges, karst peaks, natural bridges and mossy caves lies deep within the mountains about three hours from Chóngqìng. The park has three mai…
Cave in Chóngqìng

Dàzú Buddhist Caves

Two hours from Chóngqìng, some 50,000 Buddhist cliff carvings and statues dating as far back as the 9th century are scattered amid the flat countryside. A Unesco World Heritage site, Dàzú (大足石窟) is a fascinating sto…
Natural Feature in Wǔlóng

Three Natural Bridges

Towering above huge, hollowed-out karst formations, these natural bridges (you don't walk across them) are the highest in the world and utterly unique; you won't see anything like them anywhere else on the planet. A…
Fortress in Chóngqìng

Fishing Town Fortress

Famed throughout China for being one of the great ancient battlefields, this 700-year-old fortress is surrounded by rushing rivers on three sides and perched on top of a 300m-tall rocky mountain. This was the last s…
Old Town in Chóngqìng City

Cíqìkǒu Ancient Town

The opportunity to snatch a glimpse of old Chóngqìng makes it worth riding out to Shapingba district, on the Jiālíng River west of the centre. Through the archway that is the entrance to the town, most of the buildi…
Museum in Chóngqìng City

Húguǎng Guild Hall

You could spend several hours poking around the beautifully restored buildings in this gorgeous museum complex, which once served as a community headquarters for immigrants from the Hú (Húnán and Húběi) and Guǎng (G…
Buddhist Temple in Chóngqìng City

Luóhàn Temple

Built around 1000 years ago, this still-active temple is now sandwiched between skyscrapers. A notable feature is the corridor flanked by intricate rock carvings found just after you enter the complex, but the main …