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Chongqing, on the banks of the Yangtze, has immense historical and cultural cachet. A booming metropolis of 10 million—forecast to double in 13 years!—it was the capital during WWII and is home to important artists and major politicians, as well as spicy Sichuan food.
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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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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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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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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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Wai Po Xin ( Kai Fa Lu ), Nanan Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400060
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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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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Liberation Monument Shangquan, Yuzhong, China, 400012
A great cocktail bar is a welcome surprise in Chongqing. The owner, Jimmy Zhang, is a trained mixologist and even holds classes on mixing drinks. The service is fantastic and—needless to say—the drinks are top-notch. Try Jimmy's special cocktail,...
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Yanghe 1st Rd, YangHe HuaYuan, Jiangbei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400020
Kuai che dao means "fast lane" in Mandarin. This bar has a unique twist—each table has a telephone that can call one of the other tables. I'm not 100% sure how it works, but I think it involves a lot of alcohol. Which makes sense, because they...
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Guanyinqiao East Ring Rd, YangHe HuaYuan, Jiangbei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400020
This region of China is known for textiles and embroidery, so it isn't a surprise that Chongqing has a huge selection of tailors. They can make clothing in 2–3 days, for very low prices. Some tips for tailoring clothing in Chongqing: —You usually...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Yuzhong Qu, LiangLuKou, 学田湾正街 邮政编码: 400065
Sichuan peppercorns are a big deal in Chongqing, so it's a must to buy a fresh bag before going home. Don't buy them pre-packaged at a generic tourist shop; instead, head to the Ciqikou neighborhood, which has an area packed with dozens of little...