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Liberation Monument Shangquan, Yuzhong, China, 400065
They say that Sichuan food is the best in all of China, and that Chongqing noodles are the tastiest. It's certainly a fun rumor to try and validate. These are Chongqing hot and sour sweet potato noodles, 酸辣粉. The noodles are made from sweet potato...
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Wai Po Xin ( Kai Fa Lu ), Nanan Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400065
It seems to me that every city in China has a famous hot pot, but in the home of the Sichuan pepper, Chongqing hot pot is most definitely HOT. If you're lucky, it will be authentically ma la—numbingly spicy from real Sichuan peppers. They start to...
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Wulong, Chongqing, China
Located in the Wulong National Geology Park, the Wu Long karsts form a range of stone bridges and deep mountain valleys in Wulong county of Chongqing municipality. The Wulong karsts, now a UNESCO World Heritage Site, are also home to the Three...
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Yuzhong, China, 400065
The Hongyadong Cultural Center is actually a mall cleverly built using the traditional Chongqing Diaojiaolou architectural style and appearing to cling to the side of a hill by the Jialing River. It is a great place to stop for a photo, and even...
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Although a little way out of the city, Jinyun Mountain is a necessary tourist pilgrimage in Chongqing. The view looks out over Chongqing, and is stunning. There are three huge Buddhas to see up there, as well as a set of hot springs. Bring a...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Jiulongpo Qu, HuangJuePing, 邮电路搬运东村10号-77 邮政编码: 400060
Chongqing commissioned over 800 students, painters, and workers to paint "Graffiti Street" over a period of 150 days. Starting at the Huangjueping Railway Hospital, the paintings extend almost a mile, covering most of the buildings. It's no...
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Bishan, Chongqing, China
Chongqing is a marvelously old and historical city, with buildings and whole urban villages that are hundreds of years old. Locals still live in them, sometimes generations and generations of families. Photo by Tauno Tõhk / 陶诺/Flickr.
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China, Chongqing Shi, Jiangbei Qu, BeiBin Lu MeiShiJie, 北滨路368号金源广场
Chongqing chicken is a very famous dish. Some people say it has two main ingredients: the first is chicken (obviously), and the second is pain! Sichuan cuisine is known for being spicy, and a good version of Chongqing chicken will leave you red...
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Bu Xing Jie, JieFangBei ShangQuan, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400065
Jiefangbei, or the People’s Liberation Monument, is the heart of downtown Chongqing. The city was the capital of China during both world wars (its location in the mountains protected it from bombing) and, like the United States, industrialized...
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Chongqing's Ciqikou, or "Porcelain Port," is a buzzy area that is a hotbed for migrants, expats, and artists. There are a lot of little shops—some more touristy than others—and eventually the road leads down to some hostels and a cool restaurant...
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236 Renmin Rd, DaXiGou, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400015
This is a slightly odd museum because it has three seemingly unrelated topics. First, there are exhibits on the Ba culture. Next, there's information about the Three Gorges Dam. Finally, there are a series of displays showing life in Chongqing...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Shapingba Qu, ChongQing DaXue, 沙中路重庆大学国家大学科技园1楼
NUTS was the first live music venue in Chongqing, and is still the main place to go to catch some tunes. The concerts and parties can get really wild, so be forewarned. The music can be anything, from wild punk bands to a techno DJ.
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Liberation Monument Shangquan, Yuzhong, Chongqing, China, 400064
At night, various makeshift stalls pop up, with vendors squatting over tables and fabric on the ground and selling everything imaginable. It might be a grandma selling a piece of paper with bobby pins for 1 RMB, a man selling handheld sewing...
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No one can say they've visited Chongqing if they haven't crossed the Yangtze River by cable car. The views of both the city and the river are so worth it, in my opinion—even if you are, like me, a little scared of cable cars. You can get on right...
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Yunan Rd Beibei Section, Beibei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China
Bei Wenquan Park is one of the best getaways in Chongqing: It's still in the city and easy to reach by train (take line six). The park has hot springs, and, like most natural hot springs, they're rumored to cure various ailments. They certainly...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Yuzhong Qu, JieFangBei ShangQuan, 民族路166号王府井地王小广场 邮政编码: 400065
Chongqing has been slow to adopt the sprawling neighborhoods of Western cafés and restaurants found in similarly sized cities in China. But when you're hankering for a sandwich and coffee, head to Jiefangbei. In this dense district you'll find the...
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139 Zhongshan 3rd Rd, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400065
Pangmei Noodle Restaurant is widely considered to have the best beef noodles in Chongqing. And because Sichuan is China's food capitol, this could be the best spot to eat beef noodles in China—maybe the world. Probably not, but if you're like me,...