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Chongqing, China

Enveloped in fog more than 100 days in a year, Chongqing at first glance looks like a dreary city with little character. But delve deeper and you'll soon find a mega city that's home to vibrant food, nightlife and cultural scenes.

Once a temporary capital of China during World War II, Chongqing (formerly known as Chungking) is one of the most prominent business hubs in the country, and is home to major producers of steel, aluminium, iron and motor cars. The city, tucked between mountains and at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, has a staggering population of nearly 30 million people, though less than 10 million actually reside in the city's urban areas.

The women of Chongqing have a reputation for being among the prettiest in China, and interestingly, unlike most other parts of the country where a male heir is preferred, families here would much rather have a daughter.

Chongqing is famous for its hotpot culture, so much so that even a hotpot association and training academy have been established. Based on recent estimates, there are about 50,000 hotpot restaurants in the city and more than two million people working in this industry. And that's why Chongqing has earned itself the nickname “Hotpot City”.

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What to do

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Shi Ba Ti

Mingle with the locals and drink some tea at Shi Ba Ti (18 Stairs), an old neighbourhood near the Liberation Monument where time s...

What to do in Chongqing - Three Gorges Tour  

Three Gorges Tour

What to do in Chongqing  - Great Hall of the People  

Great Hall of the People


Graffiti art on Huangjueping Street

Stroll through Huangjueping Street and view the graffiti art on display along a 1.3 km stretch of wall and on numerous buildings.


Chongqing Robot World

Get up close with Optimus Prime at the Chongqing Robot World, a 20-ha site that's home to more than 100 robots from different indu...


Where to eat

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What to eat in Chongqing - Boating Lakes

Boating Lakes

Round the corner from the Huguang Guild Hall, this rustic and cosy restaurant serves authentic Sichuan food that's easy on the palate and wallet.

What to eat in Chongqing - Suzie's Pizza

Suzie's Pizza

This unique home diner offers super affordable thin-crust pizzas that incorporate ingredients typically used in Chinese cuisine like lotus root, and they are surprisingly delicious.


Xichang Barbecue

Experience authentic Xichang style BBQ – long skewers of meat over a charcoal fire paired with a variety of seasonings. A must-try for meat-lovers.


Old Base Restaurant

This Communist-themed hotpot restaurant is filled with slogans and portraits of former leaders such as Mao Zedong and waiters have no shortage of enthusiasm for the cause.


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