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Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing, these two great rivers define Chongqing as a city. The moutains that surround the city also geographically define Chongqing as a mountain city. This unique geography makes Chongqing a charming city to tour and provides many attractive resorts. Chongqing is well known for her beautiful scenery and delectable delacacies throughout China.

Atractions include: Gold Buddhist Mountain in downtown Chongqing, a rich haven for diverse palnts and animals; ancient Ci Qi Kou Village lures tourists to linger in its streets and to buy handicrafts as souvenirs; Northern Hot Springs Park, a national plant garden; Wansheng's beautiful natural scenery ; ChongqingMuseum of Natural History; Chongqing ArhatTemple; and People's Assembly Hall to just name a few. Chongqing at night is a wonderful scene. From a bird's eye view on a high place on the southern bank, the peninsula becomes a sea of lights and the river is dominated by the Dragon Palace.

The outskirts of Chongqing and the surrounding area also boast many famous sites to visit such as: the Ghost City in Fengdu, an ancient town according to Chinese legend; the Dazu Grottoes containing valuable works of art carved during the ninth century; and Fishing Town, one of only three ancient battlefields in China. Chongqing is also the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, that explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges.

Downtown Chongqing

Downtown Chongqing
People's Assembly Hall of Chongqing

Northern Hot Springs Park
Ghost City in Fengdu county

Chongqing Museum of Natural History

Situated on top of Pipashan Mountain, the Chongqing Museum was founded in 1951 as the Southwest Museum and given its current name in 1955. The museum has over 40 exhibiting halls containg approximately 100,000 artefacts that span over the 3000 years of history from the ancient Kingdom of Ba and the near-mythical Three Kingdoms Period through World War II and the Chinese Revolution.

The displayed antiquities include bronze wares, pottery, paintings, porcelain, and sculptures. The relics from the Ba-Shu culture, the paintings from various dynasties, and the terra-cottas and sculptures from the Han dynasty are particularly famous.

The museum also has extensive collections of traditional cultural relics including pictures and calligraphies of masters dating from the Song Dynasty.

  

Nightscapes                               Three Gorges

Grotto Art in Dazu County The Dazu Rock Carvings are as popular as those found in the Yungang and Longmen Grottoes. In Dazu, more than 50,000 Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian rock carvings as well as 100,000 character nscriptions dot the landscape. The carvings include not only statues of Buddha and Bodhisattva but also those of monarchs, ministers, military officers, high and low-ranking officials, jailers, executioners, monks, rich and poor people, and folk art performers. The earliest grotto dates to the early Tang Dynasty and most of them are over 1000 years old. With beautiful images as well as inscriptions, the Dazu Grottoes are regarded as an artitic treasure trove that fully depicts the society, philosophy, religion and folklore of that time. In 1999, UNESCO listed the Dazu Stone Carvings as a world heritage site. Unlike all of the over 100 other grottoes in China, only the Dazu Grottoes were built and carved with a masterplan.

Dazu Stone Carvings