Yangtze River and the Three Gorges

Yangtze River is famous for being the longest river in China. It flows from the west of Tibet to Shanghai and runs along many captivating attractions in this country, including the spectacular Three Gorges – Qutang, Wu, and Xiling. Qutang Gorge is the shortest yet loftiest among the three while Wu Gorge is the most romantic one which is usually covered by mist. Xiling is the last gorge and also the longest one.

The section between Chongqing and Yichang is well-known for a Yangtze River cruise. You will see many towering cliffs, stunning mountains and lovely villages along the river’s banks. We recommend that you take a Yangtze River cruise in spring or autumn, especially in April, May, September, and October. Chongqing will experience a high level of rainfall in summer, so schedule your time!

Fengdu Ghost City

If you want to understand the Chinese’ perception of the Hell and afterlife, Fengdu Ghost City is our place. Their perception is slightly similar to the Western ideas. According to the traditional legends, Fengdu is where you have to come if you do evil things when you are alive. Good people go to the heaven, evil people go to Fengdu. You can see many statues and temples here which represent the demons. This place is a great stretch for you during a Yangtze River cruise.

Three Gorges Museum

With an area of 40000 square meters, Three Gorges Museum displays cultural and historical relics of Chongqing and Three Gorges area. This museum is divided into four parts: ‘Glorious Three Gorges’ contains historical artifacts of this attraction; ‘The Ancient Ba Yu’ shows us the prehistoric life in Chongqing; ‘The Development of Chongqing’ is the showcase of changes in this city in the 20th century and ‘The Anti-Japanese Days’ displays wartime history. You will have a chance to see many valuable paintings, calligraphies, porcelain, sculptures and ancient money of imperial dynasties. It is open from 9 am to 5 pm every day, except Monday.

Dazu Grottoes

Dazu Grottoes or Dazu Rock Carving is located in Dazu County, 167 kilometers away from the center of Chongqing. Dazu Rock Carving is a masterpiece of Chinese grotto art. Containing 60,000 statues, this attraction represents splendid carving techniques and craftsmanship of skillful Chinese workers and is the harmonious combination of mechanics and optics. This masterpiece was started during Tang dynasty and continued to Ming and Qing dynasties. You can see Chinese inscriptions as well as Buddhist statues and Taoist and Confucian stone figures here.

Ci Qi Kou Old Town (Porcelain Town)

14 kilometers from the center of Chongqing, Ci Qi Kou was used to be a manufacturing and trading spot during Ming and Qing dynasties. Nowadays, it is promoted to be a tourist spot where travelers go shopping, buy souvenirs and street snacks. This town is considered ‘Little Chongqing’ because of its bustling and dynamic features. You can discover about Chinese culture in this small town, from distinctive architecture to traditional teahouse and craft shops. You can see a 1500-year-old Buddhist temple at the center of this town. Moreover, you can find many restaurants and eateries here where you can sample spicy Sichuan cuisines.

Wulong Karst National Geology Park

As a UNESCO Heritage site, Wulong Karst is a famous spot for sightseeing and trekking activities. Limestone karsts, caves, natural bridges and underground streams are must-see attractions. Due to its spectacular beauty, Wulong Karst is the film studio for Transformer 4. When visiting Wulong Karst National Geology Park, you should see Three Natural Bridges, Furong Cave and Houping Giant Doline. Three Natural Bridges are the popular place for adventure and ecotourism tours due to its rare geological features.

Great Hall of the People (Chongqing People’s Hall)

Built between 1951 and 1954, Chongqing People’s Hall is the iconic symbol of this city. It is near Three Gorges Museum and you cannot miss this place in your Chongqing trip. This hall is inspired by Ming and Qing dynasties’ style and it is the combination of Soviet and Chinese architecture. You can see local people gathering here to see light shows in the evening.