Chongqing's sights are scattered all over town. The downtown Jiefangbei district mixes the modern - including the sparkling Planning Exhibition Gallery and Three Gorges Museum - and the traditional, from the ancient Arhat Temple to the expansive Huguang Guild Hall. This area has vibrant street life, too. The Shapingba district, far west of downtown, is sprinkled with sights relating to communist history and is especially worth visiting for Ciqikou Ancient Town.
Built around 1000 years ago, this temple (Arhat Temple; off Cangbai Lu, near Xinhua Lu; admission Y10; 3 8am-5.30pm) is now sandwiched between skyscrapers. Its most notable feature is a cor-ridor flanked by intricate rock carvings.
Luohan is the Chinese rendering of the Sanskrit arhat, a Buddhist term for people who have released themselves from the psy-chological bondage of greed, hate and delusion. Here, you'll find 500 terracotta arhats along with a large golden Buddha and an Indian-style Jataka mural depicting Prince Siddhartha in the process of cutting his hair to renounce the world.
The temple is about a 10-minute walk from the Liberation Monument.
Chongqing Planning Exhibition Galler
With its flashy multimedia exhibits, touch-screen computer games and massive scale model of the city, this engaging museum (Chbngqingshi Gulhua Zhanlanguan; Chaotianmen Sq; ad-mission Y20; 9.30am-5.30pm Tue-Sun) near the docks is a good place to get acquainted with modern Chongqing.
The Three Gorges Dam project is pre-sented through rose-coloured glasses (naturally), but other exhibits detailing the city's development into a mega-metropolis are well designed. Most exhibits on the upper floors have English captions. Downstairs, you'll find 40 rooms, each devoted to a different Chongqing county, but unfortunately little English.
Huguang Guild Hall
You could spend several hours poking around the beautifully restored buildings in this museum complex (Huguang Huiguan; & 6393 0287; 1 Changbin Lu; admission Y30; 9am-6pm), which once served as a community headquarters for immigrants from the Hii (Hunan and Hiibei) and Guang (Guangdong and Guangx!) provinces who arrived in Chongqing several hundred years ago. There's a temple, rooms filled with artwork and furniture, a teahouse, and several stages for Sichuan opera performances. Most days at about 2.30pm, you can listen in on opera rehearsals for free.
You can walk here from the Liberation Monument in about 15 to 20 minutes; head towards the river and take any of the steep steps down. Buses 102 and 503 between Chaotianmen and the Caiyuanba bus station stop nearby, as does bus 608 from Caiyuanba.
Ciqikou Ancient Town
The opportunity to glimpse slices of old Chongqing makes it worth riding out to Ciqikou Ancient Town (Ciqikou Guzhen), on the Jialing River west of the centre. The buildings, many dating to the late Ming dynasty, have been restored for tourists, and the main drag can feel like a carnival, but away from the central street, a living, working village remains. You can easily lose yourself in its narrow lanes, peeking into homes and tiny storefronts.
It's also worth a look at Baoliin Si (admission Y5; 7am-6pm), one of the town's only remaining temples. Its main building is more than 1000 years old.
Opposite the temple is a small museum (admission Y5; 8am-6.30pm) about Chongqing's trackers, workers who hauled ships up the Yangzi against the current. Stop in if you're into wooden boat models, but captions are in Chinese only.
Bus 503, coming from Chaotianmen, makes a stop at the Caiyuanba bus station and then runs out to Ciqikou Ancient Town; the whole trip takes about 40 minutes. Bus 215 meanders here from the Liberation Monument in around an hour; for a quicker ride, a taxi takes about half an hour( Y30 to Y35).
Three Gorges Museum
This sleek museum (Sanxia Bowuguan; 236 Renmin Lu; admission free; S 9.30am-5pm Tue-Sun) showcases the history of settlement in the Ch6ngqing region. A Ist-floor exhibition about the Three Gorges includes a model of the dam, and upstairs you can learn more about southwest-en China’s minority cultures through their clothing and artwork. Some exhibits have better English captions than others, but the artefacts are well presented throughout.
Although admission is free, you need a ticket from the booth outside on the plaza. They hand out 700 tickets every hour; on weekends, go early or prepare for a long queue.
From the Daxigou light rail station, the museum is about a 15-minute walk west along Renmin Lu.
Red Cliff Village
During the Kuomin tang-communist alliance against the Japanese in WWII, this village (Hongyan Cun; admission free; S 9am-5pm) was used as the offices and living quarters of the communist representatives to the Kuomintang.
Zhou Enlai and his wife, Deng Yingchao, among others, lived at Red Cliff Village. After the Japanese surrender in 1945, Mao Zedong also arrived - at the instigation of US ambassador Patrick Hurley - to join in the peace negotiations with the Kuomintang.
A revolutionary history museum now stands at this site, containing a large collection of photos. Unfortunately, most captions are in Chinese only.
Behind the museum is an interesting cluster of restored village buildings, including one that housed the offices of Zhou and Mao.
Bus 104 from Linjiang Lu, west of the Liberation Monument, will drop you near Red Cliff Village; the ride takes about 40 minutes. By taxi from downtown, it's about 20 minutes (Y20 to Y25).
Gele Mountain Martyrs Memorial
In 1943 the USA and Chiang Kaishek signed a secret agreement to set up the Sino-American Cooperation Organisation (SACO), under which the USA helped train and dispatch secret agents for the Kuomintang. The SACO chief was Dai Li, the notorious head of the Kuomintang military secret service; its deputy chief was US Navy Commodore Milton Miles.
Though the Kuomintang recognised the communist Red Army as an ally in the struggle against the Japanese, it never recognised the Communist Party as a legal political entity. Civilian communists were subject to repressive laws, and the Kuomintang kept hundreds captive as political prisoners; many were also executed.
The sites on Gele Mountain (Geleshan Lieshi Lingyua'n; admission free; 9am-5pm) relate to this period. ZhaziDong is the largest of the many prisons on the mountain. Today, you can walk through the creepy former holding cells. Prisoners were also kept in Baigongguan now containing more cells and gory photographs.
A shuttle bus (Y3) takes you between the sites. From the entrance, it's about 2km uphill to Baigongguan and another 2km up to Zhazi D6ng.
Buses 215 and 265 travel from downtown to Gele Mountain in about 45 minutes. To combine a visit here with a trip to Ciqikou, catch bus 808 between the two (it's about a five-minute ride). When you get off the bus, walk west towards the mountain, winding through a small community of apartments and shops.
American history buffs may want to seek out this small museum (Shidiwei Jiangjun Jiiiju; admission Y5; 9am-Spm) that focuses on US involvement in WWII, illustrated with photos, letters and other memorabilia. It's housed in the former VIP guest house of the Kuomintang and residence of General Joseph Stilwell, the commander of US forces in the China-Burma-India Theatre and chief of staff to Chiang Kaishek in 1942.
To find the museum, which isn't well-signposted, take the light rail to Liziba station. Exit the station onto Guihuayuan Lu, walk downhill, then when the road curves sharply down towards Liziba Zheng Jie, bear left instead into Eling Park. The museum is ahead on the right. It's about a 15-minute walk from the station.
Pipa Mountain Park
For views of the city skyline, climb 345m Pipa Mountain Park (Pipa Shan Gongyuan; admission free; S6am-10pm), the highest point on the Chongqing peninsula. During the day, residents bring their songbirds to the park for air and group warbling.
Cable Car Trips
A ride on either the Yangzi River cable car
(Changjiang suodao; tickets Y2; 6.45am-9.45pm) or the Jialing River cable car (Jialingjiang suodao; tickets Y2; E 6.45am-9.45pm) gives you a bird's-eye view of the murky waters. Both cable cars are within walking distance of the Liberation Monument. The Yangzi ride is more interesting as it lets you off near a bustling bar and restaurant strip.
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