Attractions - CNTO


Chongqing is located in the southwest of the interior of China, in the southwest of the Sichuan Basin and at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. With an area of 82,000 sq km, and a population of 32.35 million, Chongqing became one of the four municipalities directly under the central government in 1997.

Known as a city in the mountains, Chongqing is skirted by waters on three sides, and by the mountains on four sides. It has moist climate, with many cloudy days and less frost and snow. In spring and autumn, the city is often enveloped by heavy fog, hence the name "Capital of Fog".

Chongqing boasts beautiful landscapes, fascinating night scenes, well-known cultural sites of the Three Kingdoms Period, beautiful Dazu Rock Carvings, the precipotous Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and many other places of scenic and historical interest, which attract numerous domestic and foreign tourists all the year round.

Ancient Ciqikou Town

As a national AAAA tourist area, the Ancient Ciqikou Town located in Shapingba District on the bank of the Jialing Rivier, only three kilometers from the bustling downtown of Chongqing, covers 1.5 square kilometers, and is rich in unique traditional culture and historical sites. Ciqikou was originally known as Baiyachang. Built in the Northern Song Dynasty (960-1127), the town became famous in the Ming and Qing dynasties for the production and shipment of blue and white porcelain wares. As an important port on the jialing River, it was once a very prosperous town, nicknamed "Lesser Chongqing," Old and plain-looking, most of the buildings in the town are well preserved. The town is also famous for varous local snacks, tea houses and traditional folk shows. such as oil crops compressing, silk reeling, candy making, dough figurine sculpturing and Sichuan Opera.

Transport: Take Bus No. 220,261,808 or 843 and get off at Ciqikou

Arhat Temple

Located at Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, this temple is one of the most famous Buddhist temples in China, and is now the seat of the Chongqing Buddhism Association. The temple, originally known as Zhiping Temple, was built during the Zhiping reign (1064-1067) of the Northern Song Dynasty, and was revamped in 1885 or the 11th year of the reign of Emperor Guangxu of the Qing Dynasty. Since five hundred clay arhats were sculptured in the temple, it changed its name to  Arhat Temple. Now, the Grand Hall of the temple houses 16 Buddhist statues, as well as the bronze statues of the "Three Saints from the West" and a jade sculpture of Shakyamuni and other Buddhist art treasures, The Arhat Hall also showcases 524 clay figurines, whose vivid postures embody exquisite craftsmanship. In the Scripture Storage Building, there houses a large collection of Buddhism classivcs, classical works in Sanskrit and Tibetan languages and other old books, handwritings and paintings. Most of the valuable works were created in the Tang(618-907) and the Ming(1368-1644) dynasties.

Chaotianmen Square

The Chaotianmen Square is located where the Yangtze River joins the Jialing in the northeast of Chongqing. The Chaotianmen Gate was first built in 314 B.C. and was rebuilt in the early Ming Dynasty. Known as the "Magnififent Pass to Ancient Yu" the gate was the largest among the 17 gates among Chongqing's old city walls. It was also known as Chaotianmen, or the Gate of Paying Tribute to Heaven, because it was the place where local officials received the imperial decrees. The Chaotianmen Square was built near the Chaotian Gate in 1997. The 80,000-square-meter square is an excellent place to enjoy viewing the mergence of the two rivers and the beautiful scenery among the banks of the rivers.

Hongyan Revolutionary Memorial Hall

Originally known as Hongyan (Red Crag) Village, the Hongyan Revolutionary Memorial, as a national AAAA tourist area, is located at 13 Hongyan Village, Hualongqiao, Shapingba District, Chongqing. It was the office of the Southern Bureau of the CPC as well as the office of the Eighth Route Army in Chongqing From 1938 to 1946 during the war of resistance agianst japan and the liberation war. A number of prominent cpc leaders, including Zhou Enlai (1898-1976), Dong Biwu(1886-1975) and Ye Jianying (1897-1986), worked here for many years. They all made remarkable contributions to the founding of the People's Republic of China.

Liberation Monument CBD

Situated at the confluence of Minquan Road, Minzu Road and Zourong Road in Yuzhong District, the Liberation Monument CBD is the most bustling area in Chongqing, and the most preferable place for tourists to do shopping as it sells products of world-renowned brand and a wide variety of commodities with the fashionable elements. The pedestrian street of the Liberation Monument Shopping Plaza is 620 m long from east to west and 350 m wide from south to north, with a total area of 36,000 sq m. It is a modern shopping area integrating shopping, leisure, tourism, business, catering service and recreation, hence the name the 'No. 1 Street in South-west China".


Red Cliff Village

A war time relic that once housed the Communist party and the Kuomintang against the common enemy of the Japanese during World War Two. The Village is now home to a Revolutionary History Museum. The Village is 20 – 25 minutes from the city of Chongqing.

Sichuan Hotpot

A real highlight for anyone who enjoys regional gastronomy. A steaming metal bowl of stock (often infused with hot chili – a specialty of the area), your favourite foods are added to the mix including meat and local vegetables and cooked to your liking. Enjoy this treat in a local restaurant and soak up the local culture.

The People's Auditorium in Chongqing

Located at Xuetianwan in Renmin Road, the People's Auditorium, as a national AAAA tourist spot, is an ancient-style building complex built from 1951 to 1954. It is one of the landmarks of Chongqing. The building complex is modeled upon the imperial palaces in the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing(1644-1911) dynasties. featuring an axially symmetric layout. It consists of four buildings - a main auditorium and the east-wing, south-wing and north-wing buildings, with a total area of 66,000 square meters. The 55-meter-high, five-story main auditorium covers an area of 25,000 square meters with a seating capacity of more than 4,200. It was included in A History of Architecture on the Comparative Method, a classic work on architecture published in Britain in 1987. It takes the second place among the 43 contemporary Chinese buildings in the books. A square with a lawn and fountains, named the People's Square, was built in front of the auditorium in 1997. The people's Auditorium is an important tourist attraction as well as a venue for celebrations and gatherings in Chongqing.