What to do in Chongqing? Chongqing is the largest inland city in China, with abundant historical and natural resources. You may have visited the grand Dazu Rock Carvings, or majestic Ancient Town Ciqikou, then, what else to see in Chongqing? TopChinaTravel would like to introduce some popular activities and entertainments for you to experience Chongqing in a typical Chinese way. You can enjoy the time-honored local operas, or taste the authentic flavors or experience unique Chinese Tea Culture, etc. You have lots to explore of this city, to find you a way to access to the local custom and experience the life here in your own way.
Enjoy the Sichuan Opera
Venue: Chongqing Municipal Chuan Opera Theater
Address: No.76, Jintang Street, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Sichuan Opera, or Chuan opera, is a type of Chinese opera that originating in Sichuan province. As one of the essences of Chinese culture, it has a history of over 300 years, and features vivid, humorous narration, singing, and acrobatic fighting, etc. The changing faces skill which enjoys an international fame, is one of the essential and the most attractive factor in Sichuan opera.
Although you may not understand the performance very well, you can also be infected by the artists on the platform. If you are a Chinese culture fan, do not miss this chance to get touch with Sichuan culture.
As a renowned local opera mainly prevailing in Sichuan, Yunnan and Guizhou Provinces, Sichuan Opera is characterized by unique solos, refined performance, percussion instrument and talented comedians.
Enjoy the Tasty Chongqing Hot Pot
Venue: Local restaurants
Chongqing is one of the birthplaces of the very popular Sichuan Cuisine. While the Hot Pot, is the big draw of Sichuan Cuisine, which well represents of the special dining habits in Chongqing as well as other places in China. Focus on the varied ingredients and hot taste, Chongqing hot pot may give you a memorable experience if you are a gourmet or a person who is fond of eating.
Nowadays, it is a very popular local flavor and can be found every corner of the city, even all through the country. Hop Pot therefore, will be a “must-try” meal during your stay in Chongqing.
The Chongqing Hot Pot maybe served in an iron cauldron filled with extremely hot oil and water. Dip your choice of the variety of supplied foods into the pot: meats, vegetables or tofu. It's a very social meal. People sit around to enjoy food and make a long evening out of it.
Experience the Tea Culture
Venue: Local teahouse
Like the Chongqing hot pot, tea plays a very important role in Chongqing local folks’ lives. A Hong Kong writer has once described Chongqing tea culture as “a taste of life in the tea house of Chongqing”. Tea is a good medium to connect people, to start a conversation or somehow a relationship. Lie on a bamboo chair, drink a cup of tea, people will chat with each other as long as they can.
Drinking a cup of tea will give you a deep touch with the Bayu culture. The green tea leaves in the clean water will give people a fresh feeling. When we hold a cup of tea, we will find a calm mood and relax ourselves automatically. That is why Chinese tea culture not only belongs to this oriental country but also spread all over the world.