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Chongqing for Families

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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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Nanping E Rd, Nanan Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400060
Hongya Cave is 100% a tourist attraction. If you go there understanding that, then it's a fun place to go, especially with kids. The big attractions are the faux-historical Chinese architecture and a cool cave with a waterfall that you can walk...
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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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China, Chongqing Shi, Yuzhong Qu, Zhongshan 2nd Rd, 中山二路 邮政编码: 400014
Pipa is the Mandarin name for loquat, a small tree or shrub, often grown for ornamental purposes, that produces yellowish, tangy fruits. As a beautiful garden on a hill in the middle of the city, this is a must-visit in Chongqing. The top of the...
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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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Chaotianmen, Yuzhong, Chongqing, China
If you don't have the time or inclination to do a full cruise up the Yangtze River, you must take the one-hour night cruise, which shows off Chongqing in all her flaming, neon glory. Trips are very reasonably priced. All boats leave from the...
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222 Xinhua Rd, JieFangBei ShangQuan, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400010
Jin Yao Xuan Specialty Restaurant at the Westin stands out from the (many) other hot pot restaurants in Chongqing by offering fresh, organic ingredients. Really! The chef will even come out with a big chunk of earth and handpick delicate mushrooms...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Nanan Qu, NanPing ShangQuan, 珊瑚路2号 邮政编码: 400060
People in Chongqing are going nuts for Nova Venezia, a new Italian restaurant. It's got some great dishes, such as eggplant parmesan, lasagne, gnocchi, and mind-blowing tiramisu. Where Nova really shines is its pizza. It has the widest variety by...
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160 Xinnan Rd, Yubei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 401122
This is by far my favorite place to get a cup of coffee in Chongqing. It's such a cozy place to curl up with a drink, and it has free Wi-Fi. If you get bored with the internet, the best part of Bridges Book House is the books. You can browse and...
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China, Chongqing Shi, Shapingba Qu, SanXia GuangChang BuXingJie, Sanxia Square Pedestrian St, 华宇广场56号附近
The Three Gorges Square in Shapingba is a great place to go on a rainy day, or when the kids are acting up. There's an enormous mall with over a thousand stores, restaurants, hotels, and entertainment such as movie theaters. There's multiple play...
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3 Hufang Rd, Xicheng Qu, Beijing Shi, China
While visiting Beijing on a Fulbright over the summer, we were given the opportunity to attend a traditional Peking Opera. Though the show was entirely in Mandarin, it was highly entertaining and lively. The vibrant colors of the venue, coupled...