Famous Landmarks in Chongqing

Famous Landmarks in Chongqing are considered the Name Card of Chongqing, like the Dazu Rock Carvings, Qutang Gorge, Three Gorges Museum, etc. ancient and new. They are somehow, represent a certain character or role Chongqing played to the world. Come with TopChinaTravel, to witness and appreciate those famous Chongqing Landmarks.

Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu, located in the west suburb of Chongqing City, is famous worldwide as Rock Carving Home. It is a wonderful land. Dazu Rock Carvings is 160 kilometers to the west of Chongqing. Over 60,000 carved stone figures relating mainly to Buddhism are spread around 76 places. The content and craftsmanship are best at Beishan Hill and Baoding Hill. The art of Dazu, which emerged in the late Tang Dynasty (618- 907) and flourished in the Song Dynasty (960-1127), represents an important chapter in China cultural and religious history.



The Dazu rock carvings has made a significant contribution to artistic expression in China, taking into account a new realism and exaggeration in depicting the contrasts between good and evil, beauty and ugliness. In their contents the carved scenes reflect the moral and rationalistic call for the punishment of evildoers, while encouraging people to do good, to control their desires, and the regulate their behavior. Their layouts demonstrate an ingenious integration of art, religion, science and nature. Aesthetically they are mysterious, natural, elegant, and fully reflecting traditional Chinese culture, which emphasizes learning from the past.



Qutang Gorge
Qutang Gorge is the shortest of the Three Gorges (8 kilometers). It is considered the most dramatic by many visitors. The river navigates through the gorge's sheer, steep cliffs where the Meng Liang staircase from the Song Dynasty can be seen. Qutang Gorge starts at the White Emperor City in the west and ending at Daxi Stream in the east with a distance of 8 kilometers.

Although the Qutang Gorge is the furthest upstream of all the affected gorges, the impact of the Three Gorges Dam on the Qutang Gorge has been especially large. Many of the most famous and historically significant sites in the Qutang Gorge are located closer to the water level. In fact, even prior to the dam construction the water level would come close to many sites during the rainy season. The water has now effectively covered many of the most impressive and notable sites in the Gorge including the Ancient Pathway, Meng Liang's Staircase, the Chalk Wall, and the cave within the Bellows Gorge.



Three Gorges Museum
Situated opposite the Chongqing People Hall, Chongqing Three Gorges Museum is not only the largest monographic museum in China, but also a public undertaking for the preservation, education, scientific research in respect of cultural relics and the natural environment of Chongqing and the Three Gorges area.

 

Occupying the area of 30,000 square meters,the museum was completed and opened to the public on Jun 18 , 2005 with the construction area of 42,500 square meters.It was the first large museum with the title of " China " named by the State Council Office of the People's Republic of China beyond Beijing.It helps you to have a pre-view of entire the Three Gorges with high technology from all aspects. Furthermore, a 360 degree cinema of Three Gorges mainly shows the natural and social sceneries of Three Gorges prior to the construction of the dam project.

 



Ancient Town of Ciqikou
Ciqikou is an old town preserved in sprawling modern Chongqing, about one hour drive from the city center. It is a timeless ancient town built in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Local people used Ciqikou as its name instead of Longyin which means 'porcelain harbor' in Chinese.



With a history of more than 1,800 years, it has some typical traditional and cultural characteristics featured in mountainous areas. The ancient town has only two main streets and they've been taken up by all kinds of shops. Now it has 12 streets in all and among them the Tea House plays an important role of local culture. Travelers to Chongqing and locals alike throng to Ciqikou's steep and narrow pedestrian streets. Shops sell porcelain, other handicrafts, and gifts, while restaurants and tea shops give visitors a look at what many areas of Chongqing were like before the metropolis became the vast urban agglomeration it is today. A 1,500-year-old Buddhist temple straddles the mountain in the middle of the old town.

 



Chongqing People Square
Combining with Chongqing People hall, the People Square is the architectural symbol of Chongqing.



In fact, there are five magnificent squares: the People Square in front of the People Hall, the Liberation Monument Shopping Square, Chaotianmen Square, the Green Art Square and the Jialing Square. Chongqing citizens in particular, are well- known for their hospitality. They call these squares as 'the Parlours of Chongqing' and treat these squares as the best platform for communication with all the tourists coming from home and abroad. You will soon directly experience the honest and enthusiastic attitude of local people handed down from generation to generation.

 



Liberation Stele
Liberation Stele, which stands in the most prosperous downtown of Chongqing, is not only the symbol of civilization, but also the evidence for history of half century. In memory of the victory in the war of resistance, the Liberation Monument on the square is a 27.5 meter high structure.



Liberation Stele, marked as Chongqing commercial heart, isolated by a broad, paved pedestrian square and glassy offices. Around the square there are more than 3,000 stores and shops of various kinds, with two dozen large malls and shopping centers, a dozen star-grade hotels, over 300 establishments and offices such as banks, stock markets, postal and telecommunication services and places for entertainment.


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