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Chongqing is much better than most guidebooks say. They call it a grey moloch full of smog and most travellers only go there to get the next ferry down the ChangJiang. But there is much more to see and to do. Give it a try and enjoy the vivid city life, or the other sights of the district, like Dazu with the famous Grottos, BeiBei with the Lions Peak and so on.

Chongqing is exploding because the government wants to built up a counterbalance to the attractive, well-developed east coast of China with places like Shanghai, that makes all the people abondon the western areas. So if Shanghai is the head of the dragon (the ChangJiang River), Chongqing is the tail of it. This city is growing so fast that whenever I get there again - loads of things have changed in a short time. It is so amazing if you think that none of the skyscrapers of Jiefangbei/Yuzhong Area is older than 10 years!!! But it goes on and on and on.....there is either a new skyscraper growing into the sky or holes are digging into the ground for the next tower.

Here is a quick look at the city center: Trailer1 and Trailer2 thanks to NYTerrence for the link!

The nightview picture of the skyline of downtown CQ is taken from Nan'an District. You can conviniently take the cable car to the other side of the ChangJiang. On this side there is a boulevard full of restaurants and bars. Enjoy your fried snake along the bank of the Jangtse or try the typical HotPot Chongqing is so famous for - with a beautiful nightview over Chongqing!
From Nan'an you can go up to NanShan to get an even better view over the mountain city!

The Luohan Si or Arhat Temple

This is the entrance of the Luohan Si or Arhat Temple. It is supposed to be more than 1000 years old and yes, if Chinese leave a central place between all theses skyscrapers unused, it must be something special!

PS: in 2006 they renovated the temple, the entrance gate has a blue instead of yellow touch now!

  • Last visit to Chongqing: Aug 2006
  • Intro Updated May 9, 2016
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  • Slapshot1's Profile Photo
    Feb 24, 2011 at 8:14 PM

    I loved your Chonquing page as it brought back memories of the most beautiful night lit city. My wife and I took a cruise on The Yangtze River but did not get the chance to explore Chonquing. I think we need to go back to The Mountain City.

  • pginer's Profile Photo
    Jun 29, 2008 at 2:19 PM

    Many thanks for all this info! I will use it. I am going to CQ next 12th July ....

  • Pixiekatten's Profile Photo
    Feb 4, 2008 at 5:04 AM

    Great little page on Chongqing with some much needed info - thanks for sharing!! :))

  • Helenbb's Profile Photo
    Nov 8, 2007 at 10:06 PM

    Haven?t been to CQ yet. But? they said CQ girls are really beautiful with good skin. True ?:)

  • angiebabe's Profile Photo
    Sep 24, 2007 at 7:22 PM

    Hi i was there for a night and a day until caught a 5pm yangtze river boat at midnight (& a number of adventures involved in that - had a great time there tho- in 1997 so thats scarey i mightnt recognise it!

  • elpariente's Profile Photo
    Jul 19, 2007 at 6:19 AM

    When I take a cup of tea in the Chongqing Great Teahouse I will think in the good advices that I got in your really good tips

  • Jun 18, 2007 at 8:22 AM

    My, my, the "cha lou" certainly looked enticing!!

  • sugarpuff's Profile Photo
    May 25, 2005 at 8:03 PM

    Never been to Chongqing but Im becoming more interested in it the more I har about it..is it true that hardly anyone uses bikes as its too hilly there!Thats funny for China!


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