See Hongya Cave by the riverside
Hongya Cave, or Hongyadong, is built on a cliff side facing the Jialing river. The large building complex is illuminated in the evening and many visitors come to see the lights and explore the shops and restaurants inside. Although it is not a historical building, it gives visitors an idea of the type of buildings that would have been found on these riverbanks many years ago.
Eat hot pot
Chongqing is known for its boiling temperatures, but the city’s ubiquitous hot pot is even more scorching. This style of cooking has been practiced in China for centuries and has no clear origin, with stories tracing it back to various regions including Mongolia and Southwestern China.
The dish is cooked like a communal stew, with diners gathering around a pot of spicy boiling broth and tossing in a variety of ingredients, from thinly sliced meat and quail eggs to vegetables and mushrooms. For the people of Chongqing, hot pot is more than just a meal; it is an experience and a chance to connect with family and friends. There are countless delicious hot pot eateries around the city, including the renowned Xiao Tian E.
Visit Foreigner street
Located in the Nan'an District of Chongqing Municipality, Foreigner Street features a variety of foreign-style architecture, entertainment, stores and restaurants. It also attracts many foreigners to its open stores, restaurants and bars. Here, you can enjoy authentic Italian pizza, Japanese sushi, Indian cakes and British tea. You can also enjoy the exciting entertainment, which includes jet coasters and flume rides.
Explore an ancient town
Ciqikou (Porcelain Village) is an ancient town in Chongqing. During the Ming and Qing dynasties, it was a port and market town famous for its porcelain production. Today it is one of the main attractions in the Chongqing area. Its steep and narrow streets are lined with small shops selling handicrafts and delicious local snacks. Off the main street, visitors can get a glimpse of the daily life of its residents.
Admire the Dazu Rock Carvings
The Dazu Rock Carvings area is another UNESCO Word Heritage Site located near Chongqing. Dating back to as early as the 9th century, the carvings consist of thousands of inscriptions written in Chinese characters along the Dazo hillsides.
Most of the carvings can be found along sections of Mount Baoding and include epitaphs related to Buddhist philosophies. Numerous carved statues are also scattered alongside the carvings, and most are colorfully painted and have been naturally preserved over the years. The Dazu Rock Carvings can be accessed by bus from Chongqing and are a must for culture lovers and history buffs.
Watch Jiefangbei light up at night
The busy downtown area of Chongqing, Jiefangbei, is a hive of activity with shops, restaurants and little street stalls. The central square of Jiefangbei is also known as the “Times Square” of Chongqing. At night, the many tall buildings and malls light up while locals and tourists alike stroll around this buzzing district.