Chongqing, in southwest China, is a modern port city on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at its confluence with the Jialing River. The city attracts visitors from home and abroad for its natural wonders and cultural heritage. As a common starting port for the Yangtze River cruise, tourists can go for a downstream tour to the magnificent Three Gorges.
Here we have selected a few of the sights and experiences that you really should see on a visit to Chongqing.
The Three Gorges
Known for its scenic beauty, this 120-mile stretch of the Yangtze River is a primary attraction on river cruises.
Once a private garden, it was also the home of Liyaoting, the first president of the Chamber of Commerce. E’ling or Goose Neck is the highest spot on the peninsular and affords 360⁰ views of the city on a clear day. KanSheng (Liangjiang) Tower, in E’ling Park is one of the most famous landmarks. The best time to visit is the late afternoon on a clear day.
South Mountain Park
South Mountain Park is in the Nan'an District of Chongqing. The mountain itself stands at 681 meters at its peak, and is surrounded by Karst landforms and deep river valleys. The park has many other attractions including the Wenfeng Pagoda and the Golden Eagle Statue, along with the wartime homes of George Catlett Marshall and Chiang Kai-shek. The legendary home of Tushan Shi, the wife of Yu the Great, and his son Qi, who established Xia Dynasty, is also in the park, and there are also many Buddhist and Tao temples, many of which were constructed during Tang and Song Dynasties.
A selection of our tours to Chongqing
China Group Tour Cruise
Essential Plus Cruise
13 day tour from £2,798
See the sights in Beijing, Xian and Shanghai, and enjoy a cruise along the Yangtze River