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Given the area's population density and its prominent role in the country's history, it is no surprise that Chongqing offers an array of major historical and cultural attractions. The city was the base for the Allied effort during WWII. It was here that General Joseph Warren Stilwell, Allied Commander-in-Chief of the China-Burma-India theater, was based (the present-day Stilwell Museum in Chongqing is the restored headquarters of General Stilwell). Chongqing is also home to the Dazu Rock Carvings, there is a Panda Room at the Chongqing Zoo, and the city boasts China's largest ecotourism venue, Chongqing Safari Park, to name just a few of the important cultural-historical highlights of the area.

But there are other, more charming and picturesque sides to Chongqing Municipality, including its many and varied cityscapes, its mountains, rivers, and lakes. There are days when the Chongqing fog can rival that of London, a phenomenon that enhances the cosiness of the city and makes a cup of tea at a local teahouse most inviting.

The city offers a variety of choices for the visitor - from conference venues to shopping malls to dining and entertainment emporiums (the televised cooking show of Chinese-born (Guangzhou, 1948) American stir-fry cook, Martin Yan (yancancook.com), has naturally visited Chongqing). Chongqing is also a great place for a leisurely stroll, being wedged between the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, surrounded by hills and mountains in the background. The nighttime view of the heart of Chongqing's downtown area, with its myriad of glittering lights, amplified by their reflections in the city's two rivers, is an especially majestic, if not romantic, sight to behold, especially given the diverse cultural setting. On a starry night, it is an experience rarely equalled anywhere on the planet!
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In the west of Chongqing, Ciqikou is a 1000-year-old town that became a protected historical site in 1998. Set on the lower reaches of the Jialing River, the town attracts tourists with its traditional surroundings and shops selling handicrafts, embroidery and porcelain. The narrow streets give tourists and residents alike an impression of what Chongqing must have been like before it became the sprawling urban metropolis it is today.

The Three Gorges is a beautiful area of China’s Yangtze River. Indeed, the stretch of river between Yichang and Chongqing is often said to offer some of the most picturesque river scenery in the world.

A stunning destination, the Three Gorges stretch for around 120 kilometres (75 miles). A popular way to enjoy the area’s natural and cultural delights is to take a multi-day river cruise. Various operators provide Yangtze River cruises between Yichang and Chongqing, or vice versa, and cruises that last for four days, with three nights spent sleeping on the cruise ship, are common.
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The Yangtze River cruise is a wonderful way to discover Chongqing as it boasts a fantastic mix of total relaxation on board and incredible sightseeing adventures along the country’s mightiest river. Setting off the bustle and hustle of the tourist trail, sit back and relax on the sun deck while soaking up the dramatic landscape of Three Gorges, be immersed in the history, grandeur and culture of ancient China on shore excursions. The epic voyage, complete with luxury, comfort and convenience, affords you more intimate experience of enchanting China that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Diaoyu Cheng, the Fishing Town Fortress, is a famous Song Dynasty fort in Hechuan, a small town north of Chongqing at that time. At the end of the Southern Song Dynasty, this fort held out against the Mongol invaders for 36 years and was the site of some 200 battles. In one famous battle in 1259, Wang Jian led troops out through a small hidden tunnel to attack the Mongols on a neighboring hill, narrowly missing their chance to kill their leading Khan. As Dylan said after reading this story, he would have been a lot more famous if he had succeeded in killing the khan. Ah, the fame of lost causes!

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The Panda Room in Chongqing is a must-see site for visitors. The popularity of Panda House can be detected from the large number of visitors which is always exceeding 1 billion annually. In order to preserve this valuable species, the Panda House in Chongqing Zoo is designed according to the natural environment and the living habits of giant panda. Here, visitors can get a close distance to watch the giant pandas and their offspring.

Although giant panda is a kind of bear, they all are shy when in the public. Sometimes it is hard to see the giant panda, while in other times, they may walk around in their rooms leisurely. The best chance of seeing pandas is during feeding -- between 8:30 and 10:30am. If the pandas aren't out, poke your head in the office behind the English introduction board and ask the zoo warden if he'll feed them. Sometimes that's all it takes.

Stilt houses are seen at the Gongtan ancient town in Tujia-Miao Autonomous County of Youyang, southwest China’s Chongqing Municipality. Gongtan ancient town, with a history of more than 1700 years, locates at the east river bank where Wujiang River meets the Apeng River.
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Nearly 1600 years old and known as the birthplace of Chinese hot springs this really is the most scenic and tranquil place imaginable. The hot springs are nestled amongst palaces, temples, caves and ponds and the setting itself is home to lush plants and wildlife. The warm alkali waters of the springs have proven medicinal properties as well as being incredibly relaxing.

Whichever hot springs you choose to visit the benefits of the water are believed to be numerous both in terms of health and beauty. The heat of the water itself is cleansing and relaxing and combined with the unique minerals found in the spa pools a variety of health benefits are reputed to be found; arthritis sufferers and people suffering from skin conditions all report improvements after bathing in a hot spring.

Grand and spectacular Jinfo Mountain is located in Nanchuan District, Chongqing City. When sunshine falls on it, it looks like a giant Buddha shining with boundless golden radiance, hence the name, which literally means “Golden Buddha Mountain”. Enjoying a forest coverage rate of 95%, it is a “Museum of Natural Plants”. This great place, with a total area of 500 square miles (1,295 square kilometers) and a scenic area of 170 square miles (441 square kilometers), has two different slopes with distinctive attractions for sightseers.

The Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings located in Dazu District, Chongqing, China. The carvings date back as far as the 7th century AD, depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. Some are in rock-cut cave shrines, in the usual Chinese Buddhist style, but many others are rock reliefs carved into the open rock faces.

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The Yangtze River cruise is a wonderful way to discover Chongqing as it boasts a fantastic mix of total relaxation on board and incredible sightseeing adventures along the country’s mightiest river. Setting off the bustle and hustle of the tourist trail, sit back and relax on the sun deck while soaking up the dramatic landscape of Three Gorges, be immersed in the history, grandeur and culture of ancient China on shore excursions. The epic voyage, complete with luxury, comfort and convenience, affords you more intimate experience of enchanting China that you’ll cherish for years to come.

Diaoyu Cheng, the Fishing Town Fortress, is a famous Song Dynasty fort in Hechuan, a small town north of Chongqing at that time. At the end of the Southern Song Dynasty, this fort held out against the Mongol invaders for 36 years and was the site of some 200 battles. In one famous battle in 1259, Wang Jian led troops out through a small hidden tunnel to attack the Mongols on a neighboring hill, narrowly missing their chance to kill their leading Khan. As Dylan said after reading this story, he would have been a lot more famous if he had succeeded in killing the khan. Ah, the fame of lost causes!
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Chongqing is located at the center of the ancient Bayu Area which is also the birthplace of Bayu Culture, a historical and cultural city in China with more than 3,000 years of history. Enjoy unforgettable stories in the past and look forward to new stories in the future.

hot springs that flow more than 5,675 tons of water everyday at the temperature of 95 F to 34.6 F. The water of springs contains weak sulfuric acid-alkaline spa that is good to the skin and joints. It is said that it can attenuate some gastrointestinal diseases. As the tourists you can have a comfortable bath in the hot spring.

South China Karst is one of the world’s most spectacular examples of humid tropical to subtropical karst landscapes. It contains the most significant types of karst landforms, including tower karst, pinnacle karst and cone karst formations, along with other spectacular characteristics such as natural bridges, gorges and large cave systems. The stone forests of Shilin are considered superlative natural phenomena and a world reference. The cone and tower karsts of Libo, also considered the world reference site for these types of karst, form a distinctive and beautiful landscape. Wulong Karst has been inscribed for its giant dolines (sinkholes), natural bridges and caves.
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this year's opening ceremony event “will not only be spectacular, amazing, and entertaining, but also adheres to SAFA’s mission to work to increase amity and understanding of Chinese culture through the display of its rich history and beautiful traditions-dragon dance from Chongqing, China. Dragon dances are performed at New Year to scare away evil spirits and bring in peace. This great city partnership with Chongqing China starts at Times Square New Year's celebration will also bring more Chinese to visit New York".

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As the world’s most watched New Year’s Eve celebration, Chongqing will have a unique presence in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, namely with an appearance of the Tongliang Athletics Dragon Dance, the most famous Chinese dragon dance, which hails from the Tongliang District of Chongqing. This year, a 15-meter long Athletics Dragon – gold and blue in color and undertaken by eight performers - will come to life in Times Square, depicting the characteristics of “high,” “fast,” and “strong” to thrill onlookers, presented in partnership with the Sino-American Friendship Association. The dance is the same type performed at the Beijing Olympic games, and its movements are relatively large in magnitude, speed and difficulty.
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Chongqing—China’s Capital of Mountains and Rivers
Wulong Karst National Geography Park

Wulong Karst National Geology Park, an important part of South China Karst, is situated at the lower reaches of the Wujiang River in southeast Chongqing. It was named as a world natural heritage by UNESCO in 2007. Wulong Karst features spectacular karst landscapes, including the three main parts of Furong Cave, Three Natural Bridges and Houping Giant Doline (Houping Tiankeng).

Wulong Karst is a valuable treasure that nature created. It is a cluster of several karst landscapes, consisting of gorges, natural bridges, caves, eroded dolines, shafts and underground streams. These karst landforms developed in the carbonate rocks, vividly recording the development and evolution of karst terrain in the Three Gorges area since Pleistocene Era. Furong Cave, Three Natural Bridges and Houping Giant Doline are the three representative karst landforms, developing under the condition of intermittent uplifting movement of the earth.

Each of the three karst systems standing alone forms a spectacular landscape. Furong Cave , abounds with various karren sediments forming many splendid natural wonders. The limestone sediments are also of great significance in scientific study. The three natural bridges constitute the largest natural bridge cluster in Asia, and the natural karst bridges are quite high and grand, a sight rarely seen anywhere in the world. Houping Giant Doline is the prime example and the largest tiankeng cluster formed by erosion in the world, and the longest underground cavern system in Asia.

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