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6 Thing You Can Only Do In Chongqing

Located in central China, Chongqing is a sprawling municipality which is intersected by the Jialing River as well as the Yangtze River. These rivers make for beautiful landscapes including the famous Three Gorges. The municipality also has mountainous areas which are home to ancient cities, rock art, and various temples. Because of its amazing location, there are certain things that you can do in Chongqing that you can’t do anywhere else in the world. Here are a few of them:

See The Dazu Rock Carvings

The Dazu Rock Carvings are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings located within the steep hillsides throughout Dazu County. Dating back as far as the 7th century AD, the carving depicts and are influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. The carvings are located in two different places. The first carvings are in rock-cut cave shrines which are in the usual Chinese Buddhist style. The second are rock reliefs carved into the open rock faces. Listed as a World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs. A few must-sees are the rock grotto found on Mount Baoding and Mount Beishan.

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Go See Three Gorges

One of the most beautiful areas in China is the Three Gorges reservoir region. Located in the mountainous stretch along China's Yangtze River, between Chongqing and Yichang cities, Three Gorges is carved between steep cliffs. Most tourists see this area from cruise boats that sail along the Yangtze's waters. The Three Gorges is part of a hydroelectric dam that spans the Yangtze River and is home to the  world's largest power station in terms of installed capacity (22,500 MW). The power station became famous in 2014 because it generated 98.8 TWh of electricity, setting a new world record by 0.17 TWh.

Visit General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum

Located in the Yuzhong District of Chongqing Municipality is the General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum. Opened in 1994, the museum is Stilwell's former residence and headquarters, located in a three-storied house furnished in 1940's style. Stilwell was a World War II general who was in charge of the United States' Lend-Lease policy with Chinese forces and had an acrimonious relationship with Kuomintang leader Chiang Kai-shek. One of the highlights of this museum is a speech by American President Franklin D. Roosevelt engraved in the courtyard.

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Go To Baiheliang Underwater Museum

If you’ve never been to an underwater museum, the Baiheliang Underwater Museum (also known as the White Crane Ridge Underwater Museum) is the one to visit. Built around the White Crane Ridge of Fuling, the museum is China’s first underwater museum and is located on the Yangtze River in the Three Gorges area. Baiheliang is an archaeological site that has been submerged underwater due to the building of the Three Gorges Dam. The museum displays centuries-old inscriptions recording changes in the water level of the Yangtze River for around 1,200 years. The site also consists of a stone ridge that is 1,600 meters by 15 meters in size and is now submerged under 43 meters of water.

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Visit The Fengdu Ghost City

The Fengdu Ghost City is a large complex of shrines, temples, and monasteries dedicated to the afterlife located on the Ming mountain. Located about 170 kilometers downstream from Chongqing on the north bank of the Yangtze River, the city consists of buildings, structures, dioramas, and statues related to Diyu and Naraka - the concept of hell in Chinese mythology and Buddhism.

Built over 1,800 years ago, the ghost city will become an island once the Three Gorges Dam project is completed.

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Explore Snowy Jade Cave

Located in the Fengdu County of Chongqing, not far from the Yangtze River, is Snowy Jade Cave. With a completely pure white interior, the 1,644 meters long cave has become a huge attraction of the area. The cave has only been explored up to 1,161 meters and has been divided into three levels. At 8 meters high visitors can see the Stone King's Flag and at 4 meters high they can see Stone King's Shield. There are also examples of corals as well as animal species like macaque, wild boar, and golden pheasant.

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Ji Guo is a former professional travel writer. He's started several businesses in China and was born in Tianjin. Graduated from Yale University.


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