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Introduction

Chongqing

Chongqing

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Chongqing is a city and one of the four province-level municipalities in China officially known as Special Economic Zones (SEZ). The other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin (City). Although the city itself 'only' has around 6 million inhabitants, the total municipality is one of the largest in the world, with well over 30 million people living here. Although like the other SEZ's most of the area is rural.

Chongqing is also the launching point for scenic boat trips down the Yangtze River through the Three Gorges Dam. The spectacular Buddhist Dazu Rock Carvings are three hours west of Chongqing City in the outlying Chongqing Municipality and are listed as an UNESCO World Heritage Site.

Chongqing is notorious for its hot and humid weather. The air quality, winter or summer, can be challenging to people with respiratory problems due to massive amounts of smog. Chongqing has been ranked by the World Bank as one of the most polluted cities in the world.

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Neighbourhoods

Chongqing municipality stretches over 80,000 square kilometres and has 40 county-level subdivisions, subdivided into 19 districts, 17 countries and 4 autonomous counties. The city itself can be subdivided into:

  • Yuzhong, the central city area.
  • Nan'an (Southern Bank District)
  • Jiangbei (North of the River District)
  • Shapingba
  • Jiulongpo
  • BaNan
  • Dadukou
  • Yubei (the northern district of Chongqing)
  • Beibu (the new district at Northern Chongqing).

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Sights and Activities

Chongqing has the largest population in West China and is the focus of China's "Go West" development strategy. As a result, it is a very lively and rapidly modernizing city, although it does get a bit too hectic most of the time. On the surface, the city appears rough around the edges and a bit gritty and thus there may appear to be not much to do in the daytime, but further investigation will uncover a city with truly its own character and a number of interesting sites actually worth looking into.

Chaotianmen Square (朝天门广场), 1 Changjiang Binjiang Road, Yuzhong District (重庆市渝中区长江滨江路1号) (many bus routes terminate here). A large public square at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. Here you can see the importance of the river trade to Chongqing with nice views across the river to the new Chongqing Grand Theatre. Many river cruise ships terminate nearby and the night lights are spectacular to see. Free.
Ciqikou (磁器口 Chongqing Ancient Town), Shapingba District (沙坪坝区) (Metro Line 1, Ciqikou Station). Meaning "Porcelain Port" as porcelain has long been made & transported from here, in Shapingba, on the banks of the Jialing River. This is a step back in time with several streets of Chongqing as it was, (and still is in some places). It is mostly comprised of small shops selling tourist stuff, but does lead down to the river where it is possible to board a restaurant boat and where the present hostel is located. The temple at the top of the hill is worth a visit. Worth a visit for a couple of hours. Unlike similar places in China, this one is still in its original state and not a reconstruction. Walking uphill away from the river and main tourist area, it is still populated by regular families and homes as it has always been.
Foreigner Street (美心洋人街), Nan'an District (南岸区) (take bus no. 163, 320, or 338 and get off at Tenghuang Road (腾黄路) or take bus no. 163, 318, 320, 338, 375, 376, 607 or 816 and get off at the Panlong Roundabout (盘龙转盘), or, catch a ferry from Chaotianmen). An entertainment and amusement park area northwest of Jiefangbei on the other side of the river and a bit north, where foreigners have been encouraged to set up shops. You can find a church, an upside-down house, an Australian bar, a small train, the world's largest public restroom and many other overly kitschy attractions.
Dazu Rock Carvings - a Unesco World Heritage Site
Zhou Enlai's old residence
HongYaDong - Near Jiefangbei, a recreation of the old Chongqing, clinging to the side of the mountain with many small shops. A tourist place but you can find recreations of old local crafts here and genuine local food.
Great Hall of the People - Chongqing's Great Hall of the People (and the People's Square in front of the Hall) is an architectural symbol of Chongqing City. Its construction began in 1951, but its design is traditional and mirrors those of China's ancient classical dynasties. It somewhat resembles an enlarged version of the Temple of Heaven in Beijing. The People's Square was only completed in 1997 and is decorated with trees and flowers. The ground of the square is paved with smooth marble tiles; there is magic music fountain; at the southern end of the square stands a stage for performances in the open air. You may see thousands of people dancing on the square in the numerous beautiful lights in the evening. The buiding is to be seen from the outside, no need to pay the admission fee. ¥10.
Three Gorges Museum - Across the People's Square is Three Gorges Museum, well worth a visit for its exhibits on the Ba culture and the area of the three gorges downriver from Chongqing. Also noteworthy are a series of exhibits on life in Chongqing during the Qing dynasty, the early republic, and the World War II era.
Red Rock Village (Hong Yan Cun)
Chongqing Old Town
Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street (重庆解放碑步行街, Jiefangbei Shangye Buxingjie), Yuzhong District (渝中区) (Metro Line 2, Linjiangmen Station). The center of downtown Chongqing. Jiefangbei, or the People’s Liberation Monument, formerly known as the Monument of Victory in the War of Resistance (World War II), is a 27.5-meter-high structure. Around the monument is a broad, paved pedestrian square lined by numerous glassy office skyscrapers and highrise hotels, reminiscent of New York's Times Square or Tokyo's Shibuya district. Jiefangbei Shopping Square, completed in 1997, has a 400 by 350 meter footprint. Around the square are more than 3,000 stores of various kinds, including more than two dozen large malls and shopping centers, dozens of star-graded hotels, and offices such as banks, stock markets, trade and finance companies, postal and telecommunication services, and places of entertainment.
Chiang Kai-Shek's Mount Huang residence (黄山蒋介石官邸, 蒋介石旧军事总部 Chiang Kai-Shek's old military headquarters), Mount Huang Scenic Area, Nan'an District (南岸区黄山风景区) (The location is a bit out of town and a taxi is the easiest transport. However, buses are also available. Catch bus no. 384 from the Nanping Bus Terminal and get off at Mount Huang (Huangshan)), ☏ +86 23 62465242. 09:00-17:30, no tickets sold after 16:30. When Chongqing was the capital of China during World War II, Jiang Jieshi (Chiang Kai-Shek) established his military headquarters up in the mountains above Chongqing. As a result the Japanese bombers never found it, and it is now a museum, preserved as it was during the war. There are many buildings in the beautiful compound and you can visit his work room with the motto over his desk "all officials must serve the people" (in free translation), his bedroom, and his meeting room, and sit in his chair where he negotiated with the American advisers, with his American-educated wife usually to his left. The residence is usually referred to as Chiang Kai-Shek's Mount Huang (or Huangshan) residence in order to distinguish it from Chiang's other official residences (he had no less than four official residences in Chongqing alone). Together with the other buildings in the compound, the residence forms part of the Chongqing Sino-Japanese War Sites Museum (重庆抗战遗址博物馆). ¥20.
Song Qingling's former residence (Soong Ching-ling's former residence 宋庆龄故居, 宋庆龄旧居), 131 Zhongshan San Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区中山三路131号) (The house is about 100 meters south of the main entrance to the Hilton Hotel, just north of Lianglukou station at the intersection of Metro lines 1 and 3), ☏ +86 23 63894317, +86 23 63609997. Tu-Su 09:00-17:00, no entry after 16:30. This was Song Qingling's (Song Qing-ling's) residence from the period of the Second World War when Japan occupied much of China and Chongqing was the temporary capital. There were three Song (also spelled Soong) sisters. The eldest married a businessman. Middle sister Qingling married Sun Yat Sen, the founder of modern China. She was herself an important political figure, especially after his death. The youngest married Chiang Kai Shek. A saying about them is "One loved money, one loved power, and one loved China". Qingling is the one who loved China. There is an interesting movie with an English soundtrack, and a book ("The Soong Dynasty") about the family. This house wedged in between tall, ugly buildings is a nice German design (the original owner was an engineer who studied in Germany) that is not unlike many of the pre-liberation colonial architecture that can be found here and there in and around Chongqing. ¥2.
Zhazidong (渣滓洞), Shapingba District (沙坪坝区) (Take a train to Lieshimu Station on Metro Line 1, then transfer to a bus. Bus 210 goes to Baigongguan. Bus 821 terminates at Yangjiashan (杨家山), about 800 m southeast of Zhazidong), ☏ +86 23 65314419, +86 23 65312300. 09:00-17:00. This is one of two Guomingdang prisons in Shapingba, the other being Baigongguan (白公馆). Both are at the base of Gele Mountain in the Matrys' Cemetery. (A shuttle bus ticket may be purchased for ¥20 in front of the entrances to Zhazidong and Baigongguan, providing transportation between the two prisons and other nearby historical sights.) Zhazidong offers a unique look at a 1940s era prison and the horrors that took place there when nearly 300 communist political prisoners were massacred at the end of the Chinese civil war in 1949. The entire area was also once the location of the Sino-American Cooperative Organization (SACO), a camp where Jiang Jieshi's (Chang Kai Shek's) elite troops were trained. Unfortunately the atrocities that took place and the American presence are often connected, while it's not universally agreed that they were. Free.

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Events and Festivals

China has three "Golden Week" holidays per year. People get a mandatory two or three days off work for each holiday, and workers' companies can grant them the rest of the week off, making each holiday a total of 7 days. As you can imagine, having almost 1.4 billion people with the same days off can make travelling at these times arduous to say the least.

Travelling during the Spring Festival/Chinese New Year is incredibly difficult. Chinese New Year is China's Christmas, so the millions of migrant workers and students flood back to their home towns. Everybody else takes the opportunity to spend their hong bao (gifts of money traditionally given at CNY) and go travelling. Most of the time, since you are only allowed to purchase train tickets 6 days in advance and must be present in the city of origin, sometimes only standing room tickets are available. Be aware! The Spring Festival is undoubtedly the busiest time for the Chinese transportation system. Flying will avoid the crowded trains, but book early and expect to pay higher prices. All the main tourist attractions will be crawling with tourists (worse than usual), so unless you like crowds, it's best to avoid it altogether.

Chinese New Year is based on the lunar calendar, so the date changes each year. The Chinese New Year/Spring Festival holiday is 7 days long and usually starts on New Year's Eve.

The two other national holidays are October 1st, National Day, celebrating the founding of the People's Republic of China and May 1st, which is International Labor Day. Almost all Chinese get the two holidays off and many take the opportunity to travel. If you want to avoid the crowds, fly, but it should get a lot less busy towards the end of the week.

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Weather

Chongqing has a subtropical climate with humid conditions. Summers last from June to September when temperatures average between 27 and 33 °C during the day and between 20 and 25 °C at night. Temperatures of 40 °C or even more are not uncommon and the humid conditions make this probably the worst time for a visit. Winters are actually better though temperatures are not really great: between December and February it is around 10 °C during the day and a few degrees less at night. Occasionally temperatures drop close to zero but rarely below. It is the driest time of the year with just around 20mm of precipitation a month, against 150-200mm a month between May and July!
Obviously, good months for a visit, are the spring and autumn periods (March-April and September-November).

JanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDec
Avg Max9.5 °C11.6 °C16.8 °C22.2 °C25.9 °C28.1 °C32.2 °C32.8 °C26.5 °C21.3 °C15.7 °C10.9 °C
Avg Min5.6 °C6.9 °C10.9 °C15.1 °C19 °C21.5 °C24.5 °C24.5 °C20.4 °C16.2 °C11.5 °C7.2 °C
Rainfall20 mm21 mm37 mm102 mm159 mm166 mm171 mm138 mm149 mm96 mm53 mm26 mm
Rain Days101011141716131116151411

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Getting There

By Plane

Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) is about 20 kilometres from the city centre of Chongqing. About a dozen of airlines, among which Air China, China Southern Airlines and Sichuan Airlines offer numerous domestic services. Destinations include Shanghai Pudong International Airport, Beijing, Chengdu, Lhasa, Guangzhou and Shenzhen. International destinations include Bangkok, Hong Kong, Nagoya, Tokyo, Seoul, Taipei and Singapore, mostly with Air China, except Singapore.

By Train

There are three train stations in Chongqing: Caiyuanba (in Yuzhong District), Shapingba (in Shapingba District) and Chongqing Beizhan (in Jiangbei District).

High speed trains (G series) link to Chongqing North Station to Beijing in about 12 hours, and to Chengdu in about 1.5 hours. In addition, there are slow trains that take about twice as long.

The longest railway trip from Chongqing is from Harbin to Chongqing North, a 48.15-hour, 3,535 km ride. The price of hard ticket is ¥344 and hard berth is ¥599.

Most train tickets can be purchased through the help of the hotel your are staying. The tickets are then delivered to the hotel for you to pick up.

By Bus

Long distance buses travel to Chongqing from almost anywhere. There are numerous buses into Chongqing, most notably is the hourly service to and from Chengdu, Nanchong, and Xi'an. From the west Chengdu is 2.5 hours and to the east Wanzhou is three hours, both on good highways and good buses. Avoid the "sleeper" buses as they must be the most uncomfortable way to travel ever invented.

The main bus station is at Cai Yuan Ba (pronounced Tsai Yuan Ba, is the old station), next to the Chongqing train station. It is complete mayhem most of the time - people in Chongqing do not queue. Many hotels will sell rail tickets thus avoiding the madness of the station.

By Boat

There are quite a few options to travel by boat downriver via the Three Gorges towards Yichang.

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Getting Around

By Car

Taxis in Chongqing are bright yellow small sized Suzuki sedans. They are relatively cheap (starting at ¥8 and ¥1.8/km, ¥8.9 and ¥2.25/km after midnight) and can be easily found 24 hours a day. Few drivers speak anything but Chinese, so you must know where you are going. Either have your destination written for you in Chinese, learn how to say it, or be able to direct the driver. A good way to use taxis is to gather cards from hotels, then simply show the driver the one you want to go to or is nearest to your destination.

Caution: Empty taxis are hard to find on extremely hot days. It is advisable to seek alternative transportation or stay indoors. This is because most taxis have A/C running, thus requiring more frequent natural gas refills. There aren't enough natural gas stations around and the pump pressure is frequently inadequate, so many taxis will be stranded lining up for gas.

By Public Transport

Chongqing Metro offers extensive services in the urban area. The first section of Chongqing's rapid transit system opened in 2005. Since then, major expansions have now linked major railway stations, major shopping districts and the airport, with more extensions under construction. Announcements are made both in Mandarin and English. No smoking is allowed and all services are air-conditioned, which is a reason alone to board one from between April to September! Don't forget your electronic ticket card to get out of the station. If you overshoot your stop, just go to the service counter and add value to your card.

  • Line 1 Chaotianmen to Shapingba, Daxuecheng, east-west heavy rail metro line. Handy for visiting Ciqikou, Jiefangbei, or Chaotianmen.
  • Line 2 Jiaochangkou to Yudong, monorail line. Convenient for visiting the Zoo, Stilwell Museum, Jiefangbei, Jiulongpo, Peoples Hall and Three Gorges Museum.
  • Line 3 Ertang to Jiangbei Airport, monorail line running north-south. Convenient for Chongqing North Railway Station, Guanyinxiao, Chongqing Central Railway Station, Chongqing Garden Expo site, NanPing, and airport.
  • Line 6 north-south subway line, connects Beibei in the northeast with Chayuan in the southeast, thru Yuzhong district (near Jeifangbei) in central Chongqing.

Buses are frequent and cheap, but unless you can read Chinese you have to know where they are going and choose the right number bus going in the right direction. If you are going to one of the city centres in Chongqing city, simply ask each bus if they go there. There are four city centres, so be sure you know the name of the place you want to go to:

  • Shapingba (Sandplains) NW part of town and is an academic and university centre
  • Jiangbei (Northplace) which includes Paradise Walk shopping center - There are two bus stations near the pedestrian street (Guanyinxiao).
  • Nanping (Southernplains)
  • Jiefangbei, the primary centre of Chongqing, contains a pedestrian mall with a major shopping and entertainment centre and a series of supertall skyscrapers around the Jeifangbei monument. There are two bus stations in Jiefangbei, south and west of the monument.

By Bike

The bike is the worst choice for people who understand the layout and structure of "the mountain city". Added the fact that it is incredibly dangerous to bike on city streets it is just not a good idea. First timers to Chongqing should be warned it is very easy to get lost due to the many hills and valleys and the two major rivers.

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Eat

Chongqing is a harbor city and with this comes what is called dockside culture (matou wenhua). This culture is blamed for a lot of things from cursing profusely to...Hot Pot. While many great restaurants abound in the city, memorable dining is best along Nanbin Lu with incredible night views back across the Yangtze River with the Jeifangbei city skyline lit-up.

There are many "Western Restaurants", but it is very difficult to find any real western food in them. Many smallish restaurants will have a reasonable stab at spaghetti bolognaise, and some will have menus in "Chinglish" and even pictures of dishes. However as an exception, you can find quite nice fusion dishes (ranging from Japanese Sushi and Tempura to American Sirloin Steak.

Hot Pot

Hot Pot (huǒguō, lit.: firepot) is one of Chongqing's claims to fame. In cities across China, one can find hot pot restaurants, but only Chongqing people can really stand a real hot pot, so if you want authenticity, get it while you can in Chongqing.

When ordering hot pot you have a choice between three kinds. First, the spicy version called red soup (hong tang). Then there is one without any spices. This is basically a bone soup, and it is tasty. To get this, simply ask for "yuan wei" or tell them "wo bu yao la" which means "I don't want the spicy stuff!" Finally there is a compromise with Yuan Yang Hot Pot (Yuan Yang Huo Guo), which is basically a pot split down the middle with the spicy stuff on one side and the mild on the other.

For those who like spicy but do not like it too spicy, it is possible to order red soup without the jolt (wei la hong tang). It is a nice mild experience.

For those who can not speak Chinese, it would be best to grab a Chinese friend to take you, though be warned, you will have to put up with a lot of drinking, you will be forced to smoke more than you normally would, and some of the things they go slipping into the pot might not be your cup of tea. You will also have to be aware that you will be fed with a lot of dishes from your Chinese friends because they like to see your bowl is full of food. You might feel a little uncomfortable being fed like a child, but that is the way Chinese people show concern and enthusiasm towards their friends, especially when eating hot pot.

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Drink

There are many bars in Chongqing, but most are underpopulated. Generally the local bottled beer is ¥10, and the variety includes several local beers and even Guinness (expensive) on occasions. If you go to one of the small restaurants to eat, you can buy bottles of local beer at ¥3 upwards.

Marriot Sports Bar. Several branches offer the closest thing to proper beer, but be sure they get your beer from the pump and not the slop tray. A pint of Guinness will cost you ¥58, but during happy hour you can get two for one. Foosball, Pool and Darts available.
Semi underground entertainment centre (Just west of Jiefangbei War Memorial, at the same place as the CRT Jiaochangkou Station).
Underground arcade (In Jiangbei (north), the entrance is across from the big hotel near McDonalds). Many bars and restaurants.
Cici Park, Lingjiangmen (Next to the nr. 2 hospital on the square after climbing the stairs). Serve reasonably priced drinks and has a foosball table, good atmosphere and offers some hallucinating material! ¥12 for a pint.
Outside beer gardens (Above the underground arcade). Serve reasonably priced drinks and is always crowded with good atmosphere and live premiership matches on big screens, do not eat here though!
Shapingba (west). A young people and university place and have many places for entertainment.
The Harp Irish Pub, 9F Hong Ya Dong (near Carrefour, downtown Chongqing), ☏ +86 23-6303-8655. 11:00-04:00. This is where all the expats in Chongqing now hang out. It is the only real western bar experience in the city, just opened in 2010. It has sports TV, 6 beers on tap, and 36 imported beers, 16 single malt scotches, 15 vodkas, 8 gins, etc. Great food, and English speaking staff make this a winner in Chongqing.

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Sleep

There are hundreds of hotels all over the city ranging from dormitary style for ¥30 per night, through three star equivalent hotels for ¥150, up to the numerous top western hotels for ¥600-2000 per night, and many more are being added and currently under construction. Most hotels are rarely fully booked. You can always check the room before you commit.

Sunrise Mingqing Hostel (尚悦明清客棧), 重庆市渝中区下洪学巷23号 (棧解东路26中对面), ☏ +86 23 63931579, ✉ cqsunrisehostel@163.com. Hidden on the stairways between ChangBin Lu and ZhanJieDong Lu this hostel provides 6 beds in a dark dorm and 14 rooms from ¥140 in a very quiet and CQ courtyard-style building. ¥45-150.
Yangtze River International Youth Hostel (瓦舍玺院国际青年旅舍), 80 Changbin Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区长江滨江路80号), ☏ +86 23 63104208 (English speaking). Possibly the best option for budget accommodation in Chongqing. Centrally located, exceptionally clean and has great and helpful staff. Offers a range of rooms. Also offers a range of budget tours. ¥30-180.
Chongqing Grand Hotel (重庆大酒店), 84 Xiaolongkang New Street, Shapingba District (沙坪坝区小龙坎新街84号), ☏ +86 23 86299888. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. From ¥220.
Chongqing Jinjiang Oriental Hotel (重庆欧瑞锦江大酒店), No. 6 Xihu Road, Yubei District (渝北区西湖路6号), ☏ +86 23 67306666. 313 air-conditioned guest rooms. From ¥457.81.
DLT Hotel (重庆大礼堂酒店), 173 Renmin Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区人民路173号) (Just behind the Great Hall of the People), ☏ +86 23 86527666. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 12:00. Completely renovated in 2007. From about ¥320.
Golden River Hotel (金江商务宾馆), 1/1 Wenhua Street, Yuzhong District (重庆市渝中区文化街1号附1号) (Between the herb market and Chaotianmen Market), ☏ +86 23 63915598, ✉ 26799047@qq.com. The hotel is accessible from all directions and very close to CBD area, beside the heritage site park of Song Dynasty. The hotel has more than 50 guests rooms, including various types of suite and commercial guest room. From ¥150.
HomeHome Inn, 6 Fenghuangia, Nanjimen. Friendly English-speaking staff. ¥280 for a double with Chinese/Western breakfast.
Railway Guesthouse (At the Chongqing Train Station (there are two train stations in Chongqing, the old station and the new northern station in Jiangbei)). 4-bed ¥100, 2-bed ensuite with a/c ¥160.
Sheng Ming Hotel (重庆圣名大酒店, formerly known as the Chung King Hotel 重庆饭店), 45-47-Xinhua Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区新华路45-47号) (Metro Lines 1 and 6, Xiaoshizi Station, Exits 2 and 3), ☏ +86 23 63916666, +86 23 63992700. Check-in: 14:00, check-out: 14:00. Prices are not overly expensive, rooms are slightly on the small side but on the whole well decorated and furnished. Rooms come with pay-per-view and regular satellite TV. A couple of the channels are in English. Even better, room service will happily provide you with one of the best club sandwiches east of Britain. Somewhere in the hotel is a Western restaurant which will provide you with one of the biggest spaghetti bolognaise you have ever seen. The friendly staff in the lobby can provide you with currency exchange, luggage holding and travel tickets. From ¥279.
Somerset JieFangBei Chongqing (重庆盛捷解放碑服务公寓), 9F, Block B Hejing Building, No 108 Minzu Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区民族路108号重庆合景大厦B栋9楼), ☏ +86 23 8677-6888, fax: +86 23 8677-6999, ✉ enquiry.chongqing@the-ascott.com. Each of its studios to two-bedrooms apartments features separate living and dining areas, an ensuite bathroom, a kitchen, home entertainment system, scenic views and Wi-Fi access. Daily rates starts from ¥350.
Somerset Yangtze River Chongqing, No. 151 Changjiang Binjiang Road, Yuzhong District, ☏ +86 23 6399 7888, ✉ enquiry.china@the-ascott.com. Overlooking the Yangtze River, the property offers studio, one, two and three bedroom serviced apartments. Each apartment is equipped with a home entertainment system and living areas.
Yudu Hotel (渝都酒店), 168 Ba Yi Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区八一路168号) (50m. south of Jiefangbei), ☏ +86 23 63828888. Has a rotating restaurant on top. ¥180+single/¥280+double.
Hilton Chongqing (重庆希尔顿酒店), No 139 Zhong Shan San Lu, Yuzhong District, ☏ +86 23 8903 9999.
Hyatt Regency Chongqing (重庆富力凯悦酒店), 11 Paradise Walk, Jiangbei District (江北区北城天街 11 号), ☏ +86 23 6775 1234, ✉ chongqing.regency@hyatt.com. New hotel.
InterContinental Chongqing (重庆洲际酒店), 101 Minzu Road, Jeifangbei CBD, Yuzhong District (in the central square), ☏ +86 23 8906 6888, ✉ enquiry@intercontinental-cq.com.
JW Marriott Chongqing (重庆JW万豪酒店), 235 Minsheng Road, Yuzhong District (渝中区民生路235号), ☏ +86 23 63799999.
Niccolo Chongqing (重庆尼依格罗酒店), Tower 1, Chongqing IFS, No.1 Qingyun Road, Jiangbei District, ☏ +86 23 6508 8888, ✉ communications.ncq@niccolohotels.com.
Regent Chongqing (重庆丽晶酒店), 66th Jinshamen Road, Jiangbei District, ☏ +86 23 8908 8888, ✉ sales.chongqing@regenthotels.com.
The Westin Chongqing Liberation Square (重庆解放碑威斯汀酒店), 222 Xin Hua Road, Yuzhong District, ☏ +86 23 6380 6666. Check-in: 15:00, check-out: 12:00.

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Keep Connected

Internet===
Wangba (联网) means internet bar in Chinese. Almost every town will have an internet bar or gaming center. The best way to spot an internet bar is to look for the 网(ba) character, which means net, and large digitized images of computer game characters. Often, there will be a sign saying Green Power in English at the entrance. Most gaming centers cost about RMB3 an hour. You prepay at the main desk and are then given a plastic card or a piece of paper. Once you are done you return the card or piece of paper and get reimbursed for the money you didn't spend. Be prepared for a place that might be dingy, basic and messy. Internet bars in China tend to get crowded starting in the late afternoon to the late evenings.

Some hotels provide access from the rooms that may or may not be free; others may provide a wireless service or a few desktops in the lounge area.
Also, quite a few cafes provide free wireless Internet service. Some cafes, even provide a machine for customer use.

Phone

See also: International Telephone Calls

The country calling code to China is 86. To make an international call from China, the code is 00.

When making international phone calls it is best to buy an IP card. They typically have a value of ¥100 but sometimes can be had for as little as ¥25. The cards have printed Chinese instructions, but after dialing the number listed on the card English-spoken instructions are available. As a general indication of price, a call from China to Europe lasts around 22 minutes with a ¥100 card. Calls to the U.S. and Canada are advertised to be another 20% cheaper. There is no warning before the card runs out of minutes.

If you already have a GSM 900/1800 cellphone, you can roam onto Chinese networks, but calls will be very expensive (¥12-35/minute is typical). If you're staying for more than a few days, it will usually be cheaper to buy a prepaid Chinese SIM card; this gives you a Chinese phone number with a certain amount of money preloaded. Chinese tend to avoid phone numbers with the bad-luck digit '4', and vendors will often be happy to offload these "unsellable" SIM-cards to foreigners at a discount. If you need a phone as well, prices start around ¥100/200 used/new. Chinese phones, unlike those sold in many Western countries, are never "locked" and will work with any SIM card you put in them. China's two big operators are China Mobile and China Unicom. Most SIMs sold by the two work nationwide, with Unicom allowing Hong Kong/Macau/Taiwan usage as well. There is usually a surcharge of about ¥1/min when roaming outside the province you bought the SIM, and there are some cards that work only in a single province, so check when buying.

Post

China Post (中国邮政) is the official postal service of the People's Republic of China, operated by the State Postal Bureau of the People's Republic of China (website in Chinese only), and has more details about price to send letters, postcards and parcels, both domestically as well as internationally. The Chinese postal service is very good. Remember that in more remote places usually only one post office in a city can handle sending international boxes or letters. Also many times it might be worth having the name of the country you are trying to send to in Chinese characters, because small town people might not know what Estonia is in English. Post offices have a striking green logo and can easily be found everywhere in the cities. They are mostly open every day (including weekends!) from 8:00am to 6:00pm, though small offices might have shorter opening times, while the bigger ones in central and touristic areas are sometimes open during evenings as well.

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