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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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Changjiang Binjiang Rd, ChaoTianMen, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China
Meaning “Gate Facing Heaven,” Chaotianmen was one of the gates of ancient Chongqing. It's still incredibly important as a harbor to the Yangtze. This is where you can take a cruise up to the Three Gorges Dam. If you're not cruising, it's a great...
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414 Provincial Rd, Qijiang Qu, Chongqing Shi, China
Also known as the Black Valley, this site is both gorgeous and mysterious. It has lush vegetation and waterfalls, and air that is misty and clean; the silence inside is almost deafening. It's very easy to get to, even by public bus, although...
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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, 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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Run He Mei Shu, LongXi, Yubei Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 401121
This is a great hot pot restaurant in its own right, but what really makes it stand out is the Chairman Mao/Military Guard theme. The waiters and waitresses all wear red guard uniforms and the walls have cool retro propaganda murals. You can't...
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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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Tuwan, Shapingba, Chongqing, China
Da Rasta feels part dive bar, part college bar, part hostel. It stays open quite late, so it's a good bet to swing by after everything else winds down. They have a good beer special and a cheap "brandy" that may not be brandy, but definitely...
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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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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...
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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...