Situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River is the modern port city of Chongqing. Known as China’s fourth main municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, Chongqing is perfect for those ready to experience culture, beautiful natural environments, local and exotic wildlife, and historical sites dating back centuries.
While venturing through this huge city, tourists will experience friendly hospitality, delicious local cuisine, unspoiled landscapes, and beautiful sights of the Yangtze River.
Cruise ships set anchor at Chaotianmen Dock, which is located at the junction of the Yangtze River and Jialing River. This is the biggest harbour in the northern section of the Yangtze River, and it is the perfect starting point for many river cruises.
Facilities nearby include:
Restaurants, cafés and bars
How to Get Around
As the city connects eastern and western China, Chongqing is quite an important transportation hub. Due to this, there is a wide variety of transport options available. Many visitors rely on taxis to get to certain attractions throughout the city. To avoid any waiting times, it is recommended to book a taxi in advance. The city’s buses are another popular choice.
Travel times from Chaotianmen Dock:
It is an 8 minute journey into the heart of Chongqing
It is a 26 minute journey to Ciqikou
It is a 21 minute journey to Chongqing Zoo
It is a 6 minute journey to General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
It is a 1 hour and 49 minute journey to Dazu Rock Carvings.
Currency – The official currency in Chongqing is the renminbi, which is also referred to as the yuan. Banknotes come in denominations of 1, 2, 5, 10, 20, 50, and 100 yuan; 1, 2 and 5 jiao; and 1, 2 and 5 fen. Coins come in the denominations of 1 yuan; 1, 2 and 5 jiao; and 1, 2 and 5 fen.
Time Zone – Chongqing falls under China Standard Time (CST), which is 8 hours ahead of Coordinated Universal Time (UTC). Daylight Savings Time is not currently observed.
Weather – Chongqing is characterised by mild weather, with an average yearly temperature of 18 degrees Celsius. Throughout the year, Chongqing receives between 1,000 to 1,400mm of rainfall. Summertime is from May to September, with an average temperature of 26 degrees Celsius. It becomes very humid during this period, so it is advised to wear light clothing and plenty of sunscreen.
Ciqikou – While in Chongqing, catch a taxi and visit the ancient village of Ciqikou. Located on the banks of the Jialing River, this village is home to shops selling craftwork and food, fantastic restaurants, and homes dating back to the Qing and Ming Dynasties. Take the time to appreciate Chinese architecture as you walk along its streets. Popular attractions in Ciqikou include tea bars, art studios and Shu embroidery shops. This village provides insight into the traditional day-to-day life of the Chinese, which is quite separate from the nearby towns and cities.
General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum – Stop by the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum on a trip through the Yuzhong district in Chongqing. This museum is dedicated to an American general named Joseph W. Stilwell who aided the Chinese through World War II and the Anti-Fascist War in China. The 3-storey building opened in 1991 and houses an office, meeting rooms, bedrooms and a basement. Stilwell once lived in the main building of the museum, and visitors can take a look at his furniture, manuscripts and uniforms. There is also an engraved monument in the courtyard.
Chongqing Zoo – Spot over 230 animal species at Chongqing Zoo. On top of being a popular tourist spot, this zoo serves as a vital base for the protection of immigrant wild animals. From Tiger Hill, Orangutan House, Kangaroo Park and Elephant House to Panda House and Bird Paradise, visitors are able to get up close to the animals and learn all about their needs and natural environment. Visitors can even find rarer animals like the golden cat, the Asian elephant and South China tiger. Those who need to take a break from sightseeing can stop by one of the popular restaurants and teahouses located throughout the zoo.
Dazu Rock Carvings – If you’re starting off a Yangtze River cruise in Chongqing, perhaps kick-start your journey with a trip out to the Dazu Rock Carvings. This collection features ancient carvings in Baodingshan, Beishan, Shimenshan, Nanshan and Shizhuanshan – all of which demonstrate a great level of skill. Built from the Tang Dynasty to the Ming and Qing Dynasties, the Dazu Rock Carvings are also home to over 5,000 statues and 100,000 Chinese characters. This is a fantastic place to visit for unforgettable photographs and memories.