The Marvelous Mountain City of Chongqing has accredited, popular and great private custom tours. The largest municipality in the southwest of China, this city is a modern port on the upper part of the incredible Yangtze River.
The city has an area of about 31, 800 square miles and borders with the provinces of Hubei, Guizhou, Hunan, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. This city is China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, Chongqing has also maintained active economic development while still preserving a magnificent natural environment.
It is known as the 'Mountain City' because of its wavy terrain and wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and its abundance of flora and fauna. Chongqing attracts many tourists from home and abroad and many of the private guided tours it has to offer to take you to the cities natural wonders and cultural heritage.
As a well known starting port for Yangtze River cruise, tourists can then go for a downstream escorted tour to the magnificent Three Gorges. Read More...
Take the Glorious Three Gorges Tour With a Private Guide
Visit the glorious Three Gorges with a private tour guide, situated along the Daning River one of the main tributaries of the Yangtze River, with a total length of about 250 kilometers. The river is quite small, but it does exceed Yangtze's Three Gorges in beauty and tranquility. This is why they are known as the Lesser Three Gorges (Three Little Gorges) and have begun to gain a lot of popularity nationwide.
Sailing along the Daning River, you will pass through the Longmen Gorge (Dragon Gate Gorge), Bawu Gorge (Misty Gorge) and then the Dicui Gorge (Emerald Green Gorge). These magnificent gorges stretch along the river for 50 kilometers (31 miles). Beautiful Waterfalls are here among the green covered mountains, and the natural scenery is a wonderous sight and makes for an excellent natural scenic backdrop for photography.
Top 10 Things to Do in Chongqing
China Three Gorges Museum
This museum was founded in 1951 on the summit of Pipa Mountain and is the place to find out about the local history and culture on escorted tours. With an area of about 5,500 square meters, the museum has over 40 exhibiting galleries and inside about 100,000 pieces of relics, which covers 3,000 years from the ancient Kingdom of Ba and the Three Kingdoms Period to World War Two and the Chinese Revolution.
Ci Qi Kou
14 kilometers to the west of Chongqing lies the ancient village of Ci Qi Kou on the bank of the Jialing River. Private custom tours are available to the shops lining the twelve flag stoned paved lanes that make the main retail routes. Tourists will find many stalls for craftwork, groceries, tea shops as well as much more. This charming city attracts many visitors locally and from abroad.
Yangtze River Cruise
A sightseeing tour on a Yangtze River Cruise will be the highlight of your visit to Chongqing. When you arrive at the Chaotianmen Port, you will see many ships on the river, some of them are for cargo transportation and some for the river cruise passengers. These cruise ships provide many different voyages. During these trips, you will see the famous Three Gorges, Fengdu Ghost City, and the Shennong Stream.
General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
A private museum tour tells the story of General Joseph Warren Stilwell (1883-1946) who was chief commander of the US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre during World War II. In 1942 he was ranked as a major general and was dispatched to CBI and was known as the best field commander in the United States Army. General Stilwell was also a true friend of the Chinese people as well as a Chinese linguist.
Dazu Rock Carvings
These amazing and unique rock carvings from the ninth century are stunning works of art from the Gold Buddhist Mountain Holy Men. A guided tour to these rock carvings which have a great variety of animal and plant specimens are cool. It is believed that work on these Rock carvings started in the first year of Yonghui in the Tang Dynasty (650A.D.), and until the Ming and Qing dynasties.
At the west of the city take an escorted tour to this fantastic zoo which presents visitors to the many animals in residence there. Visit Tiger Hill, Orangutan House, Deer Park, Kangaroo Park, Elephant House, Panda House, Goldfish House and the Birds Paradise where you will find many different kinds of animals like the South China tiger and the Asian elephant. The zoo was first opened in 1955 and covers around 111 acres.
Black Mountain Valley
This valley is located in Black Mountain Town (Heishan Town) of Chongqing. Book a private mountain tour and see the stunning high mountains, deep valleys, steep cliffs, grande dramatic waterfalls, and floating bridges are a must. As well as a great mix of animals and plants, it is also a good place for water rafting, swimming, mountain climbing, camping, and hunting.
Northern Hot Springs Park
No visit to Chongqing is complete without a private professional guided tour to the Northern Hot Springs Park. Situated about 52 kilometers along the Jialing River, the park is only about 25 acres but has a lot to offer including temples, woods, springs, and gorges. The hot springs are the main attraction where there are 10 in total and are always at a temperature of 35-37 degrees Celsius.
A private sightseeing tour to Mount Jinfo "Golden Buddha Mountain" which is situated in the Nanchuan District is fab. The mountain has gained its name as it looks like a giant shining Buddha when the sun shines on it. You will see green trees, streams, and idyllic waterfalls; this magnificent sight is approximately 500 square miles with smashing scenic areas.
Wansheng Stone Forest
This strange attraction was formed 450 million to 600 million years ago. This stone forest is proven to be the oldest of all the stone forests in China and is honored as being named the father of stone forests. Take a guided tour to see the great variety of fossils which makes this beautiful area unique in comparison to other stone forests in China.
Travel Tips for Chongqing
Best Time To Visit
The best months to go to Chongqing is from February to May when it is not as hot as in the summer; it can get sweltering hot. Spring is also a recommended season to visit Chongqing, as it is the time when the orange blossoms are in bloom. The summer can be very long and is said to be the hottest and most humid in China. In the winter the coolest temperature will be around 6 degrees Celsius and nearly never snows.
The cost of living is quite average for China, for example, a price of a three-course meal for 2 is around 100 Yuan. A local beer would cost around 5 Yuan while an imported beer would be more like 15 Yuan. Transportation costs are quite reasonable with a one-way ticket costing only 2 Yuan if you prefer to travel by taxi the tariff would start at 10 Yuan and would cost 2 Yuan for every mile.
Know Before Visiting
Chongqing is an easy city to visit as the main areas downtown offer multi-lingual signs and traveling about is reliable and cheap. The city is very modern and visitor-friendly even though it is a center of history and has large residential areas that have changed very little for centuries. English is not widely spoken, but finding an English-speaker if needed for sightseeing tours shouldn't be difficult.
The summer here is quite long lasting around 120 days from May to the end of September when it can get quite muggy with an average temperature of around 26 degrees Celsius. In the winter you will find the average temperature is about 4 degrees Celsius there is not a lot of snow, but it can get very foggy and misty. The Autumn from October to late November you may get an Indian summer if you are lucky.