There are many historical monuments and beautiful natural places in the city and its environs, which are visited annually by thousands of tourists. True, mostly Chinese. Among foreign tourists, the city is not yet as popular as, for example, Shanghai. But local authorities are actively attracting foreigners to the city because there is something to see.
What to see in and around the city
Rock relief in Datsun
A two-hour drive from Chongqing is a complex of rock reliefs. They are located in 75 places, all represented about fifty thousand statues, sculptures, and images. Around the end of the ninth century, the first reliefs appeared, then the masters began to apply more and more drawings. The most fertile places for sightseeing are the Beishan and Baodingshan Highlands.
The most famous sculpture in the Datsun area is the 31-meter “Nirvana Shakyamuni”, it depicts a resting Buddha. And the complex itself is inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List and is carefully guarded.
In the south of Chongqing, there is a zoo with an area of more than 45 hectares. About two hundred species of animals and more than a thousand birds live here. Special pride is traditionally considered a family of pandas, which are allocated a separate large territory. In addition to the usual white-black pandas, there are also small ones that do not at all look like “older relatives” – they are more like foxes, and they are slightly larger in size than cats.
Other rare animals include the South Chinese tiger. The predator is in danger of extinction: in the wild, they are no longer there, and according to various estimates, only 20-30 individuals live in zoos. China is practically the only country where you can still see this noble predator.
The zoo has a cafe, a park for walks and territory for roller skating. Taking pictures of animals is allowed, but, of course, without a flash – this rule applies to any zoo.
This is the name of the old city near the Jialing River. The place is small: a couple of streets with restaurants, cafes, and shops. Everything has been created here for tourists who come to Qiqiqou mainly for souvenirs and performances. Tea houses often organize performances by artists who play folk instruments. And when ordering food, it is important to remember that many of them are very spicy because of Chilean pepper.
Traditional architecture survived, despite the active development of the city in the 90s and early 2000s. So now this is one of the best places to look at the contrast between the Chinese past and present. On the one hand, there are gigantic traffic intersections and skyscrapers, on the other, narrow streets and small houses that are several hundred years old.
In the town of Dashanpu, which is located about 180 kilometers from Chongqing, there is a huge dinosaur museum. The presented collection is one of the largest in the world. Most of the exhibits are real dinosaur remains that were found in this area of China.
The museum opened in 1987, the area of three floors is 3600 square meters. First, you will be introduced to all kinds of dinosaurs and their evolution. Then they will talk about the causes of their extinction, after which it will be possible to look at the giant skeletons. Some reach ten meters in height.
Small Three Gorges
The area is ideal for exploring the local nature. Three gorges are located along the Danyin River – Bavu, Lonmen and Mitsui. An excursion on a pleasure boat or boat passes between the mountains in a foggy haze, which works great for the atmosphere of the place. It also grows a special kind of tea, which is called “Tea of clouds and fog.”
In addition to excellent views, you can see a very unusual cemetery. The sight is creepy but insanely interesting. For example, hanging coffins. This is the funeral custom of some Chinese nationalities. Coffins with the bodies of the dead were placed on ledges near the rocks. Lovers of tickling nerves will be satisfied: slowly sailing in a boat past the coffins in a mountain gorge, shrouded in dense fog – an unforgettable impression.
Fundu Ghost Town
During a tour of the Yangtze along the Small Three Gorges, boats usually make stops in Fendu. There are a lot of temples in this ancient city. After completing the construction of Fandu Dam, he almost completely went underwater, but some of the structures remained on the surface. According to legend, Fandu is called the place where the devil and evil spirits live.
Nearby is the Ming Shan Mountain with a temple on top that is built for Tianzi – the King of the Dead. It is believed that a person can receive the help of the gods if he enters the temple in an original way: for example, stepping over three steps or with his back forward.
This temple is located on a mountain about two hundred meters high and looks like a conical-shaped pagoda. It seems that Shibaozhzhay literally built into the mountain, it stands out only in red against a background of dense greenery.
Under the temple, there is a twelve-story building where you can buy figurines and figures made by local craftsmen. Between the floors, you can move along a vertical staircase, but a regular outdoor staircase is also available. Well, from the upper floors there is a magnificent view of the mountains – an ideal place for photographs.
Hughuan Guild Hall
Located in Chongqing, this wooden complex of buildings was intended for people who came from neighboring provinces. It was the center of business and public life during the reign of the Qing Dynasty (mid-XVII – early XX centuries). Built-in 1759. And the Gughuang Guild Hall became available to tourists only in 2005 after the completion of the reconstruction.
There are shops, theaters, and small prayer rooms, restaurants, and cafes. Opera performances are regularly held, plays are staged. There is a museum in which the history of the complex and the migration of Chinese peoples is revealed in detail.