Top 10 Attractions in Chongqing, Top Things to Do in Chongqing

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Plan your Chongqing tour?  Here we’ve made a list of the top 10 attractions in Chongqing, which may be helpful for your planning your short trip to Chongqing.

As a major city in southwestern mainland China, Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. Nowadays, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin.

Chongqing is a city of hills, with many old lanes and buildings worth exploring, cruises up the Yangtze, and a walk around to the Port all worth a half day wander. Picturesque landscapes are so enchanting as to make tourists forget to return. Start your Chongqing tour now!

No. 01: People Liberation Monument
Chongqing People’s Liberation Monument is regarded as the commercial center of the Yuzhong District in Chongqing.

Formerly a wooden structure, the monument was firstly built up on March 12th, 1940.  This day is the anniversary of Dr. Sun Yatsen’s death, so the monument is called “Spirit Fort”.

The monument is located in the crossing of the Mingzhu, Mingquan and Zourong Road in the Yuzhong district. It’s 27.5 meters high. There is a revolving ladder, through which travelers can get to the top of the monument.Entrance Fee: free

Opening Hours: the whole day
How to get there: There are many buses can take you to People Liberation Monument, including Buses No. 413, 418, 481, 301, 303, 215, 103, 104, 111, 112, 122, Tram No. 401, 402 or 405.

People Liberation Monument

People Liberation Monument

No. 02: Ciqikou Old Town
Located in the suburb of Chongqing City, covering an area of 1.18 square kilometers, Ciqikou Old Town is a historic Chinese old town with traditional style buildings and local flavor food.

The old town was built in 998 during the Song Dynasty. The town’s name, Ciqikou, means porcelain harbor, and the community prospered from the porcelain trade. Today it offers a glimpse of the peaceful laid-back life in the Sichuan countryside and is somewhere to take a break from the busy commercial world of Chongqing.

Entrance Fee: Free
Opening Hours: 08:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 215 and get off at Tongjiaqiao Station

Ciqikou Old Town

Ciqikou Old Town


No. 03: Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.

Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs, 160km west of Chongqing.

The sites are located in Chongqing Municipality within the steep hillsides throughout Dazu County (located about 60 kilometers west of the city of Chongqing, China). The highlights of the rock grotto are found on Mount Baoding and Mount Beishan.

Entrance Fee: CNY 130

Opening Hours: 09:00-16:00
How to get there: There are long-distance buses to the Dazu Rock Carvings both from Chongqing and Chengdu.

Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings

No. 04: Stilwell Museum
Stilwell Museum lies on No.63 Jialing New Road, 15 kilometers to the urban area. It was founded in memory of Joseph W. Stilwell, an American general who contributed a great deal to the Chinese people.

Covering an area of 5,000 square meters, the structure is a two-storey building with a basement. The main building is the former residence of General Stilwell.

It includes an office, an adjutant room, two meeting rooms, bedrooms and a basement. Simple furniture is shown as it was during the time that he lived there, and more than one hundred articles such as household goods, manuscripts and the uniform which was used by the general are displayed.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take the Light Rail and get off at Lizibei Station, Chongqing

No. 05: Wulong Karst
The Wulong Karst is located at Wujiang River downriver of Southeastern Chongqing. It covers three karst systems of Sanqiao Natural Bridges which are dotted in mid-north, southeast and northeast of Wulong County.

It is composed of gorges, natural bridges, tiankengs, caves, shafts subterranean streams. A world cultural heritage.


Entrance Fee: CNY 95

Wulong Karst

Wulong Karst

No. 06: Chongqing Zoo
Located at the western suburb of the main urban area, Chongqing zoo is surrounded by beautiful mountains.

The panda house, the highlight of the zoo, will offer you wonderful experience.Chongqing Zoo was established in 1955.

Covering an area of more than 45 hectares., the zoo owns more than 230 species of animals, with a total amount of more than 6000 animals that ranks Chongqing Zoo as one of the biggest national urban Zoos. The nature scene is a great treasure.

Entrance Fee: CNY 20
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00
How to get there: take Buses No. 412, 413, 416 or 419 to the zoo; or take Light Rail No. 2 to get there, Chongqing

Chongqing Zoo

Chongqing Zoo


No. 07: Three Gorges Museum
Three Gorges Museum is situated at the west part of the People’s Square of Chongqing. Occupying an area of 30,000 square meters, the museum was completed and opened to the public on Jun 18 , 2005.

China Three Gorges Museum has another name – Chongqing Museum. It’s not only a specified museum of Three Gorges but also a comprehensive museum of history and art, a collection of over 170,000 pieces of cultural relics. The museum also equips an International Academic Hall, an Audience Activities Center and 3 temporary Exhibition Halls.|

Entrance Fee: free
Opening Hours: 09:00-17:00
How to get there: take Bus No. 145 and get off at the Great Hall of the People Station

Three Gorges Museum

Three Gorges Museum


No. 08: Great Hall of the People
Chongqing People’s Great Hall is situated at Xuetian Wan, Renmin Road, Chongqing and covers an area of 66,000 square meters with a 4,000-seat auditorium. The Great Hall of the People is considered the emblem of Chongqing.

The whole building was designed based on traditional Chinese architecture that was in fashion in Ming and Qing Dynasty.

The round roof with its green glazed tiles makes the building looks like the Temple of Heaven in Beijing, the porch in front of the hall with its red columns and white marble rails reminds people of the Tian’an Men gate in Beijing.

Entrance Fee: CNY 5
Opening Hours: 08:00-18:00

How to get there: take Buses No. 103, 104, 105, 111, 112, 122, 215, 181 or 503 to get to the Great Hall of the People

Great Hall of the People

Great Hall of the People


No. 09: Fishing CityFishing City. The old town was built in 1242, or the 2nd year of the Chunyou reign of the Southern Song (about 1100-1279).  In 1258, the Mongols launched a total attack on the Song and the Fishing Town was besieged.

The Song army mounted a valiant counterattack that lasted 36 years. Some European historians to laud Fishing Town as the “Mecca of the East” and “Where God broke his whip”. The ruins of the ancient battlefield of Fishing Town are well kept there.

Fishing City

Fishing City

No. 10: Three Gorges at Yangtze River
The Yangtze River ( or called “Changjiang” in Chinese ) is over 6,300 kilometers long, the largest and longest river in China, also the third longest in the world, next just to the Nile in northeast Africa and the Amazon in South America.

The source of the Yangtze River is linked to the Tanggula Mountain chain in the Qinghai-Tibetan Plateau, southwest of China. The Yangtze River flows from west to east through provinces of Qinghai, Tibet, Sichuan, Yunnan, Sichuan, Hubei, Hunan, Jiangxi, Anhui and Jiangsu as well as the city of Chongqing, Wuhan and Shanghai, finally entering the East China Sea. With much rainfall all year round, the Yangtze River is regarded as the golden watercourse.

The most impressive part of the river is the three Yangtze River gorges, namely Qutang Gorge, WuGorge and Xiling Gorge, known as Sanxia in Chinese, or the Three Gorges. Qutang Gorge, WuGorge are within the administrative area of Chongqing.

Wu Gorge at Yangtze River

Wu Gorge at Yangtze River


Tip:  Hassle-free Chongqing Guided Tours
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If you don’t want to go the do-it-yourself route and prefer the hassle-free escorted tours,  here are some options for Chongqing Guided Tours:

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2 Responses to “Top 10 Attractions in Chongqing, Top Things to Do in Chongqing”

  1. Shaan says:

    please advice me some good romantic places in chongqing city, moreover, please advice me the names of good hot springs with the locations

  2. admin says:

    Hello Shaan,

    1) Churches in Chongqing

    2) Simianshan (四面山) : The Simianshan Scenic Area

    3) Cruising on the Three Gorges.

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