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Cruises to Chongqing

Located where the Yangtze and Jialing rivers meet in southwest China, Chongqing is a wonderful port to visit during a cruise vacation. Famous for its many historic, cultural, and nature-related attractions (as well as its spicy local cuisine), this is a perfect destination for travelers looking for a unique vacation experience. If you love to adventure outdoors, you will discover a multitude of mountains, natural hot springs, breathtaking canyons, and cave carvings. There are also a few museums, temples, and architectural points of interest scattered throughout, but not as many as you’d typically find in a major port city. The true appeal lies in the city’s natural wonders, as well as the cuisine. Many Chongqing dishes consist of Sichuan cuisine, which features a heavy emphasis on hot spices.

Viking River Cruises is the only cruise line that currently features cruises to Chongqing. Viking’s itineraries with departures to Chonqing begin with land tours in Beijing and Xian before flying you into Chongqing for embarkation. Not only is this a great value, but it’s also a fabulous way to ensure you see as much as you can during your vacation! Cruises range in length from 13- to 16-nights, allowing you to book based on your schedule. A great time to visit Chongqing is between April and May or October and November, as the city tends to be very rainy during the rest of the year.

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Things to do near Chongqing

These are just a few of the more popular tourist attractions in Chongqing, along with a brief description:

♦ Fengdu Ghost City

For a truly unforgettable cultural experience, you simply cannot pass over a visit to Fengdu Ghost City. Located on Ming Mountain, this area contains a bunch of temples, shrines, and monasteries that are dedicated to the afterlife. This ancient 2,000-year-old city also features a number of statues, rock carvings, gates and bridges that pay homage to ghosts and demons. Some of the most notable landmarks within Ghost City are the “Nothing-To-Be-Done Bridge” (said to connect the afterlife with the real world), Ghost Torturing Pass (said to be where ghosts report for judgment), and Tianzi Palace (featuring a large gate that differentiates between good and evil). If you are visiting Chongqing during the first week of March, you can also experience the temple fair that takes place in Fengdu Ghost City each year!

♦ Ciqikou

If you’re not sure where to begin your exploration of Chongqing, consider starting in Ciqikou. This ancient city square is located to the west of the Jialing River and features a backdrop of three mountains. Along its narrow cobblestone streets, you will discover all kinds of street vendors selling items from porcelain to handmade crafts, tea shops, and a few landmarks (such as a 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple, Han Lin Academy, and the Baro Lun Buddhist Temple. It’s also the central place to try Chongqing’s signature dish, “spicy hotpot.”

♦ Three Gorges Museum

One of Chongqing’s most popular museums is the Three Gorges Museum. Located in the Yuzhong District, this museum showcases the city’s environment and culture in regards to the Three Gorges region of the Yangtze River. With over 50,000 square yards of property, you can view exhibits relating to the Three Gorges, the city’s early history, 20th century history, and the Anti-Japanese War. You can also view a collection of artifacts including but not limited to paintings, writings, currency, sculptures, ancient relics, and more. There is also a model of the Three Gorges Dam in addition to a theater where you can view what the area looked like prior to the dam’s construction. As the Three Gorges Museum is a highly-rated attraction, it is perfect for travelers of all kinds!

Average Monthly Weather for Chongqing


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