Known as an industrial city, Chongqing is not only a destination for business travelers, as the huge metropolis also has plenty to do for the average city holidaymaker.
A giant city in the middle of China
Whether it’s spicy food, adorable pandas or more than a thousand-year-old attractions, Chongqing, located on the edge of the Tibetan Plateau, offers plenty to experience.
Located in a deep valley in the middle of China, Chongqing is one of the fastest growing cities in the country – and already one of the largest.
The growth of Chongqing began during World War II, when many factories moved inland to safety from the heat of war. Already in the past, the central location had made Chongqing an important trading place, and industrial growth continued in the city even after World War II. Today, Chongqing’s factories are producing all sorts of things, but more traditional industries are also honored. Among other things, rice and oranges are grown on the area’s arable land.
The city has a river connection along the Yangtze River to Shanghai. Admiring the scenery of the Yangtze River is a popular pastime among those traveling to Chongqing. The most famous sights of the city are the numerous museums and the Dazu rock sculptures a little further afield.
Chongqing has a subtropical climate and the city is often foggy. The average temperature for the year is slightly below 20 degrees.
The best travel times in Chongqing are spring and autumn, when the climate is at its mildest. Summers in Chongqing are often suffocatingly hot as temperatures in the city rise to over 30 degrees. Winters, on the other hand, are mild with average temperatures dropping to six plus degrees.
Museums and specialties
Chongqing and its surrounding area offer a lot to offer travelers. For example, there are numerous museums in the city, many of which relate in one way or another to World War II. A friend of lighter subjects and special attractions, on the other hand, will not miss a visit to the world’s largest public toilet.
Although the city is now known as an industrial center, Chongqing has a very long and rich history. Cultural and historical attractions in the area include, for example, the Dazu rock sculptures more than a thousand years ago.
Animal lovers will also enjoy Chongqin. Few visitors to China can resist the temptation to visit the country’s most famous cuties, or pandas. In Chongqin, there is a good opportunity for this in the city’s large zoo and big panda research center.
A fiery hot pot city
The food traveler enjoys a great time in Chingqing. The countless restaurants of the big city and the fiery food of the Sichuan area get water for the tongue even the most demanding culinary.
Chongqing is called the hot pot capital of China, and you can enjoy this dish at the Hot Pot Festival, for example. Chongqing also has a very lively nightlife.
FLIGHTS, ACCOMMODATION AND MOVEMENT IN CHONGQING
Direct flights from Finland
Chongqing Airport is located about 30 kilometers north of the city center. Finnair is the only European airline to
offer direct flights from Finland to Chongqing . Round-trip flights to Chongqing cost about 600 to 1600 euros and a one-way flight takes 8-9 hours.
Chongqing is a growing metropolis with many hotels. For business travelers, there are plenty of high-quality accommodation in key locations and affordable accommodation for budget travelers.
Hotel prices range from around € 20 to an average of € 120 depending on the level you want.
Getting around Chongqing
Chongqing is one of the key cities in the Chinese economy and a transport hub with good air and rail connections to the rest of China and Asia.
Chongqing has a fairly comprehensive public transport network, which includes subway, railway and bus network. The city metro is good for moving in the downtown area and the system is planned to be developed in the coming years. Attractions further afield are easily reached by bus.
SIGHTSEEING IN CHONGQING
Dazu rock sculptures
The Dazu Rock Sculptures, a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are one of the most famous attractions in the Chongqing area, located about 160 kilometers from the city. Some of the sculptures are as high as 1,400 years old.
Chongqing serves as a starting point for cruises along the Yangtze River. River cruises offer stunning scenery and access to Shanghai.
Northern Hot Springs Park
Those who enjoy nature, proximity to nature and temples can head to the hustle and bustle of downtown Chongqing for 50 miles to calm down Northern Hot Springs Park. The entrance fee to the park is a couple of euros.
The world’s largest public toilet
Chongqing is home to the world’s largest public toilet with a thousand different toilet facilities. The toilet house along the Yangrenjj also offers soothing music and TV viewing, so you can stay longer here in the toilet.
THE BEST OF CHONGQING
Try these in Chongqing
- Excursion to Dazu
- Yangtze River cruise
- Hot pot festival
Disadvantages of Chongqing
- Often foggy
- In summer, the heat can be suffocating