Home to 30 million people, Chongqing is perched high on cliffs
overlooking the confluence of the Yangtze and the Jialing rivers.
Historically, Chongqing has been Sichuan’s trading outlet for the
rest of China. Now, the city has become an important industrial
and mineral centre.
Chongqing also attracts many tourists, as it is a likely point of
departure or finish for any China tour package including a cruise
through the Yangtze Gorges. Nanwenquan Park (South Hot
Springs) is located about 25 kilometres south of the city. Tourists can also take a picturesque boat ride along the Flowery Creek to the Caves of the Fairies.
Eling Park is also known as “courteous park” and is home to
special plant species as well as a newly built tower, the Liangjiang
Pavilion, which provides a view of the entire city. Eling Park is
one of the key state parks of China, and enjoys national protection.
Eling Park was built in 1909 as the home of a rich business man.
The park was originally called Edingling (Goose Nape Hill) due to
its narrow and steep shape that resembles the nape of a goose.
During World War II, Eling Park served as the home of Chiang
Kai-shek and his wife.
The Chongqing Zoo is located downtown and features many
species, including Giant Pandas, rare South China Tigers and
African Elephants. The zoo is also on the bank of the Yangtze
with views of the Three Gorges. It is best to go in the morning
so you can see the Pandas actively eating.
The Dazu Grottoes, an outstanding example of later Chinese
grotto art, are situated 168 kilometres west of downtown
Chongqing. Visitors can see more than 100 cliff carvings
containing 60,000 sculptures spread over 76 different locations,
mostly on Buddhist subjects. The art of Dazu that emerged in
the late Tang Dynasty (618–907) and flourished in the Song
Dynasty (960–1127) represents an important chapter in China's
cultural and religious history.