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Located on the legendary Yangtze River, book a flight to Chongqing with Qatar Airways and explore China’s biggest inland city. It’s full of character as part of China’s ‘Go West’ programme and there are plenty of things to see and do here.
Chongqing is a relatively modern city and was China’s capital for several years during the 20th century. Fly to Chongqing and experience everything from ancient rock carvings to amusement parks and abandoned military headquarters.
It’s Chongqing’s political history as China’s capital during World War II that has resulted in most of its present day attractions. These include Zhou Enlai’s old residence (he was a leading Communist), now a museum, and the old military HQ of Chiang Kai-Shek. When you take a trip to Chongqing you also should see the Great Hall of the People and Zha Zi Dong, which is a historic disused prison that is now a museum.
Trips to Chongqing should also include a visit to Foreigner Street, an amusement park that includes such bizarre attractions as an upside-down house and a miniature train.
A cruise down the beautiful Yangtze River is one of the highlights of any trip to Chongqing. This river is the cradle of China and the scenery is magnificent. You should also take a cable car ride over the river for spectacular views of the city. There are spa treatments on offer in the area, because Chongqing is famous for its hot springs, and there are regular bus tours to the various sites. You can also pay to travel on the longest escalator in China, next to the railway station.
Chongqing is a harbour city and as such has a wide variety of food on offer, especially along the riverside. Nanbin Lu is one of the best areas here, with views across the river and also of the illuminated city. There are both Western and traditional restaurants in the city centre. In the Maison Mode Plaza there are many street restaurants if you want the authentic local experience.
Many of the smaller restaurants specialise in fusion dishes, with everything from American Sirloin Steak to Japanese Tempura and sushi on offer.
When travelling to Chongqing for shopping you should head straight for the Golden Resources Shopping Mall, the biggest of its kind in southwest China. As well as shopping for designer goods you can dine in one of the many cafés and restaurants, and there are lots of entertainments also on offer.
There are truckloads of electrical goods available in Chongqing, including all the computer parts you can imagine. If these interest you, get off at Exit 4 on the red line of the metro and you’ll be in technological paradise!
Qatar Airways flights to Chongqing land at Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, 21 km to the north of the city, Terminal 1.
Visa restrictions for entry into the country will depend on your country of origin, length of stay and whether your trip is for business or pleasure. So before you fly to Chongqing please check the visa and passport requirements.
Currency: Renminbi (CNY)
Voltage: 220 V 50 Hz
Plugs: Type A / I
International dialing code: +86