Conveniently located near shopping malls in the central parts of the city, the Westin has arguably the most comfortable bed of all, which is quite aptly named the Heavenly Bed.
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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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...Family
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Great Hall of the PeopleFamily
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.Cultural
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...Family
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Every villa in Banyan Tree Chongqing BeiBei is decked to the nines with gorgeous dark wood, bamboo furnishings and silk upholstery, and even comes with their own private hot spring pools.
A great hotel for business travellers, the Wyndham hotel is close to the airport and the Yuelai International Convention Centre.
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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.
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.
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.
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.