Chongqing

Chongqing is located in southwest China,the Yangtze River and Jialing River intersection here.It is the only one municipality in inland China. Chongqing is the largest city in western region in China, the urbanization rate is 82.7%. Chongqing urban population is 13.6115 million, the urbanization rate is 49.99%.

Chinese Name: 重庆

Area: 82,402.95 square kilometers

Dialect: Chongqing Language

Location:  Crossing longitude   105°11’~110°11′, North latitude    28°10’~32°13′,

Phone Area Code: 023

Station: Chongqing Station, Chongqing North Station Postal

Code: 400000-409900

AirPort: Jiangbei International Airport

Average temperature: 18 ℃

Hongyadong

Hongyadong is located in the downtown of Chongqing by the riverside of Jialing River. It used to be one of top eight ancient sceneries. Hongyadong has a very special construction feature which is built on hillside and on riverside, with one side of the house resting on rocks while the other three sides supported by wooden or bamboo poles. It has a history of 2300 years ,with an area of 46000 square meters. Now what you are visiting is a newly built one, which has been invested by a famous local enterprise Cygnus, as high as 300,000,000 RMB. Becoming a key scenic spot, AAA tourism projects. It has a function of sightseeing, relaxing,entertainment. It consist of the following part: One state:cultural entertainment,food culture,sports,shopping; Three features: Diaojiaolou, Ba culture, ancient town; Four streets: Zhiyanhe Pub Street, Tianchengxiang Ba culture street, Food street, Foreign Custom Balcony;

Zhiyanhe Pub Street, Private Bar, world chain Pub, now also opened here, which gives us an international entertainment way. Starbuck is being attracted. Tianchengxiang Ba culture street, shows people different fashionable trend,based on Ba culture of 2300 years ago with blue bricks, stone tiles, red roof, and green tiles, which reflects local residential houses of Ming and Qing dynasty, and also you can find many folk arts, painting exhibtion hall, and there is an opera show at night. Food street,w here you can enjoy many snacks all round China with typical local taste. Foreign custom city balcony will be the most transport transfer parking lot, which can host 30-40 automobiles ,any visitors can go to any floor via lift and escalator.

Dazu Rock Carvings

The work of Dazu Rock Carvings began in the first year of Yonghui in the Tang Dynasty (650A.D.), and continued until the Ming and Qing dynasties. Now, it enjoys equal popularity with theYungang and Longmen Grottoes. The general term of “Dazu Rock Carvings” refers to all the cliffside carvings in Dazu County, which includes the carvings in Beishan (including Beita), Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shizhuanshan and Shimenshan. Baoding Grotto, 15 kilometres northeast of the county, is the largest and best preserved one and is a key cultural relic site under state protection.

There are more than 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist and Confucian rock carvings and 100,000 characters of inscriptions dotted around Dazu. The carvings not only include the statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva but also include that of monarchs, ministers, military officers, high and low-ranking officials, jailers, executioners, monks, rich and poor people, and folk art performers. The earliest grotto was carved in the early Tang Dynasty and most of them have a history over 1000 years.

Many of the carvings in Baoding Grotto reflect religious doctrines and another set of carvings reflects Confucianism, specifically filial piety. What the carvings offer to visitors is not only the wonderful enjoyment of the magnificent art but a Buddhist teaching.

Ciqikou

Ciqikou is an old town preserved in sprawling modern Chongqing, about an hour’s drive from the city center. It’s an old sleepy town built in the Ming and Qing Dynasties. Although it’s preserved as a tourist town, you don’t have to pay to get in. The town’s name, Ciqikou, means porcelain harbor, and the community prospered from the porcelain trade.

Today it offers a glimpse of the peaceful laid-back life in the Sichuan countryside and is somewhere to take a break from the busy commercial world of Chongqing. A number of old courtyard compounds still stand here. Small as it is, the town used to have several temples, and one of them, a Taoism temple, had been turned into an elementary school.

What makes the school special is one of its students. Nobel Prize Winner Samuel CC Ding, who we know as Ding Zhaozhong in Chinese, once studied here. A small classroom, small stool and desk, oil lamp, blackboard, and a picture of Doctor Sun Yet-san, that’s the custom of the time. The old town has only two main streets and they’ve been taken up by all kinds of shops. The teahouse puts on a diverse range of entertainment shows staged from time to time. One of the shows is the famous Sichuan show ‘Changing the face’. The biggest secret is how the performer changes his masks. In this performance, he has to switch masks something like nine times. It’s such a difficult trick that sometimes it does not work, but the audience will always forgive him.

The Delicacy

Hot pot – is the most famous and favorite dish in Chongqing. Chongqing local people consider the hot pot a local specialty, which is noted for its peppery and hot taste, scalding yet fresh and tender. People gather around a small pot boiled with charcoal, electric or gas filled with flavorful and nutritious soup base. You have a choice of spicy, pure and combo for the soup base. Thin sliced raw variety meat, fish, various bean curd products and all kinds of vegetables are boiled in the soup base. You then dip them in a little bowl of special sauce. Be careful since the spicy soup base is burning hot.

First eaten by poor boatmen of the Yangtze River in Chongqing area and then spread westwards to the rest of Sichuan. Now is a very popular local flavor and can be found at every corner of the city. There are a great variety of hotpots, including Yueyang Hotpot, Four Tastes Hotpot, Yashan Hotpot and Fish Head Hotpot. If you are adventurous enough, you can basically cook anything with hot pot, e.g., pig’s brain and duck’s kidney.

Chongqing people love their hotpot, especially when the weather is steamy. The fire dances under the pot, the heavily oiled and spiced soup boils with hazy steam, and the people are bathed in sweat. Although hotpot can be found wherever there are street vendors or small restaurants, chongqing Hot pot has the greatest variety and is known for its delicious soup base and dipping sauce.