It is Chongqing’s political history as China’s capital during the Second World War that has led to the construction of most of its present-day attractions. These include the old home of Zhou Enlai, a leading Communist figure, and the former military headquarters of political leader Chiang Kai Shek. Both structures have been converted into museums and are open to the public.
When you travel to Chongqing, include a visit to the Great Hall of the People, and Zha Zi Dong, a historic disused prison that is now a museum and both are well worth your time. Trip to Chongqing should also include a visit to Foreigner Street, an amusement park that features bizarre attractions, such as an upside-down house and a miniature train.
However, most of Chongqing’s natural attractions can be found on the other side of the Yangtze River. Head to Fengdu, on the river’s northern bank, and visit the Snowy Jade Cave, an underground cavern featuring white, jade-like stalactites. Stalactites here are believed to have the fastest growth rate in the world, at 33mm per 100 years, versus the global average of 1mm.
Fengdu is also home to rare wildlife, including macaque, wild boar, and golden pheasant.
Meanwhile, on the steep hillsides of the Dazu area, you will find five clusters of rock carvings depicting everyday life in China. The attraction, which dates from the 9th to the 13th century, has been granted UNESCO World Heritage Site status.