Chongqing Municipality is the largest industrial and commercial center in Southwestern China and a land and water communications hub on the upper reaches of the Changjiang River . It has 40 districts, cities, and counties under its jurisdiction. Chongqing is surrounded by mountains on all sides and by the Changjiang and Jialing Rivers on three sides. Called the "mountain city", it has a humid, cloudy climate with a long rainy season but scarce snow and frost. Mist lingers on in spring and autumn.
Chongqing features convenient water, land, and air transport facilities - there are more than 50 airlines leading to different places, more than 100 houseboats adn over 80 star-class hotels. Chongqing is the best point to start a boat excursion and tour the world famous Three Gorges. It also featuresf a picturesque landscape, an enchanting night view, cultural sites from the Three Kingdom period, exquisite stone sculptures in Dazu, the magnificent Three Gorges, and the remains of the Far-East Headquarters during World War II. Chongqing has more than 300 scenic spots which will surely enchant tourists.
The best time to visit Chongqing is in spring and winter.
Wanzhou Scientific Investigation Area - The area incorporates Wanzhou City and Fengjie, YunYang, and Wuxi counties and has a concentration of places for scientific investigations, explorations, and unknown seeking. Wanzhou is a keypoint on the Three Gorges of the Chanhjiang River and a vital land and water communications hub in Chongqing . Xishan Park is und at the southwestern tip of Wanzhou, and at the entrance stands the magnificent Bell Tower . The park was constructed in 1928.
Lesser Three Gorges Tourist Area in Wushan - This tourist area has the Daning River as its center and radiates into the surrounding area. The major scenic spots include the Lesser Three Gorges on the Daning river, the Least Three Gorges on the Madu River , the ancient town of Dachang , the site of the Daxi Culture,dand the ruins of the ape-man at Longgupo.
Golden Tourist Line on the Three Gorges of the Changjiang River - This tourist line offers the visitors a chance to know the renowned culture of the Three Gorges and the Three Kingdoms , exquisite places of historic interest, and the magnificent landscape. The major places to be visited include Zhouyi Park and sculptures on the Baihe Ridge in the city of Fuling, Mingshan Mountain in Fengdu, the town of Shibaozhai, the Temple of Zhang Fei, Baidi City, the Diagram of Eight Batle Arryas, Qutang Gorge, Wuxi Gorge, Xiling Gorge, the Temple of Qu Yuan, the Three Gorges Dam, the Ancient Huangling Temple, Sanyou Cave, Nanjin Pass, and other spots of scenic value and historic interest.
Tourist Center of Jinyun Mountain and the Ancient Battlefield at Fishing Castle - The Jinyun Mountain Cenic Area is also know as the Lesser Emei Mountain. Its main peak called the lion peak stand like a crouching lion. The Fishing Castle of Hechuan City is in Fishing Mountain , which is strategically situated and difficult to access with sheer cliffs rising abruptly on all sides. It was once a battlefield during the Southern Song Dynasty.
Tourist Center of the Dazu Stone Sculptures - The tourist center in Dazu, Tongnan, Tongliang, and Bishan counties offer the visitors a chance to view the art of stone sculptures
from the Tang (618-907) to the Song Dynasty. 76 caves in Dazu house more than 60,000 statues and more than 100,000 Chinese characters carved on the stone walls, including those on the Northern and Baoding mountains, which are the largest in scale, the richest in content, the best-preserved and the most exqusitely carved.
City of Ghosts in Fengdu - This is a treasure hose of folk customs and culture of Confucianism, Taoism, and Buddhism. Performances howing the folk customs and habits are held on the third day of the third lunar month every year. The City of Ghosts is of great appeal to numerous tourists in and ouside of China with its long history, unique culture, mystical legend, and enchanting landscape.
Open Country Tourist Center in the Simian and Jinfo Mountain Area - This is an ideal place to view the landscape, venture into the unknown, seek novelty, escape from the summer heat, spend holidays, and get familiar with the ecosystem.
Furong Cave Exploratory Tourist Center - The most pleasant thing to do here is admire the marvelous spectacle of Furong Cave , drifting on the Furong River , climbing Xiannu Mountain , and viewing the lanscape of the gorges on the Wujiang River . Furong Cave is a large limestone cavern, which features a large distribution of stalactites of every form offering visitors an artistic treat to nature's beauty. Furong Cave has been cited as an "underground museum in China ".
Qianjiang National Customs Tourist Center - The major scenic spots are Xiaonanhai, Nanyaojie and Taohuayuan. The center is a good place to appreciate the lanscape, learn the customs and habits of the ethnic groups, and pay respect to the revolutionary martyrs.