A former walled fortress serving as an integral coordination centre during World War II, Chongqing province is now a thriving metropolitan area with museums, monuments, modern shopping strips and lively nightlife. It’s also home to natural attractions, such as hot springs, caves, streams and gorges.
Things to do in Chongqing
Stilwell Museum helps you understand the region’s past, named for the U.S. Army general who commanded combat forces in the region during World War II. The museum rests within his former residence and includes many personal and historical artefacts.
One of the most iconic landmarks in Chongqing is the People’s Liberation Monument, built in 1945. It towers over the Jiefangbei commercial district, where you can get in some shopping, browse the numerous bookstores and record shops and take a break for espresso or tea. Stay into the evening to enjoy a string of KTV karaoke clubs.
Don’t miss the renowned mineral springs, including Rónghuì Hot Springs, which sits within the city limits. Landscaped gardens weave through spring-fed pools with various themes. You can soak in medicinal pools with natural Chinese herbs, relax in scented aromatherapy tubs or enjoy a pedicure on heated lava-rock beds.
At Wulong Karst Geological Park, you’ll find fascinating natural phenomena, such as the Three Natural Bridges and Furong Cave. The Heritage-listed park also harbours rushing streams, karst limestone formations and the Houping Tiankeng sinkhole.
Getting around Chongqing
The best way to get around Chongqing is by using the underground and overground metro trains and buses. Trains run to and from Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, about 20 kilometres away. Rentals cars are available at the airport or in the downtown area.