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What to Do around The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square

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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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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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236 Renmin Rd, DaXiGou, Yuzhong Qu, Chongqing Shi, China, 400015
This museum doesn't get particularly crowded, but still has plenty to offer: ancient relics from the Han Dynasty, famous paintings, porcelain, stone rubbings, and money from various dynasties. There are also exhibits from Chongqing’s ancient Ba-Yu...
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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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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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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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Banan, Chongqing, China
The suburbs of Chongqing are dotted with little villages and hot springs. It's a must to take a quick trip out to see one, like Fensheng Old Town. Established in the Song Dynasty, it flourished during the Ming and Qing Dynasties. It's exactly what...
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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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The Grand Theatre was built as Chongqing's answer to the Sydney Opera House, but was greeted with a lukewarm reception. Like other controversial architectural projects, the big green theater was slow to attract fans. Designed by international...