A hilly city in southwestern Mainland China, Chongqing is among the country’s five national central cities, an elite group of cities tasked with leading China’s political, economic, and cultural development. An energetic metropolis filled with corporate offices, restaurants, shopping, and entertainment, The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square is nestled in the bustling downtown district.
Dating back more than 3,000 years, the city houses numerous historical sites, including Huguang Guild Hall, an ancient complex of buildings that today hosts theatres, opera stages, shrines, and shops selling characteristic handicrafts.
Museums, such as the Stilwell Museum and Red Cliff Village offer further insight into the past, as do historical performances at the Bāyú Theatre. The People’s Liberation Monument, meanwhile, marks Chongqing’s modern commercial center, which is home to the largest pedestrian street in western China.
For a relaxing retreat, Northern Hot Spring Park—China’s premier garden park—presents a serene oasis of rolling hills, temples, woods, gorges, caves, and ten medicinal hot springs. Further down the Yangtze River, Three Gorges provides iconic vistas.
Excursions near Chongqing include Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village), home to over 100 tea bars, artist studios, and Shu Embroidery workshops. Additionally, the famous Dazu Rock Carvings—a UNESCO World Heritage Site—include a number of China’s most celebrated Buddhist cave sculptures.
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- Chongqing Hongya Cave (Hongyadong) 1.6 km/1.0 miles
- Three Gorges Museum 3.2 km/2.0 miles
- Dazu Rock Carvings 114.3 km/71.0 miles
- Jiefangbei 0.0 km/0.0 miles
- Chaotianmen Square 1.6 km/1.0 miles
- People Square 3.2 km/2.0 miles
- South Mountain YiKeShu Platform 14.5 km/9.0 miles