Category: ChongQing

Apr 23 2010

ChongQing to Nanchang, China

Farewell to the foggy city.

There are many guys carrying bamboo stick in ChongQing.

Because ChongQing landscape is hilly, those guys are sort of like porter, helping people to carry their goods.

Got on bus 141 towards the north ChongQing train station.

Greening of the train station

Got on the K806 9.47am train (196Yuan (hard seat)+90Yuan (hard sleeper)=286 Yuan~USD$42) towards Nanchang. It’s a 21 hours train ride to Nanchang and a hard sleeper cost 345 Yuan.
I bought a hard seat ticket and then upgraded it to hard sleeper in the evening and that saved me around 60Yuan.

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Typical scene on a train in China

Lunch on the train (10Yuan~USD$1.50)

It’s quite hilly on the way towards Nanchang. The train spent most time inside tunnels and I guess this must be some engineering feats to build so many tunnels across the mountains.

Apr 22 2010

ChongQing Day 4, China

Noodles for brunch
Pig intestine noodles (6 Yuan~USD$1)

XiaoMian (4 Yuan~USD$0.7)

Today is a rainy day

Took bus 1 to XiNanZhengFa University

at YuBei district. It’s around 45 minutes bus ride to the university.

Yumin showed me around the university. The university has a pretty nice library.

Took bus 801 to Chongqing University at ShaPingBa district.
Cafeteria of ChongQing University

Walked around SanXia Square which is another square with a pedestrian street at ShaPingBa district.


Called it a day after visiting 3 universities and took bus 089 back to ChaoTianMen at YuZhong district.

Apr 21 2010

ChongQing Day 3, China

Surprisingly, the weather is clear today.

Visited the 3 gorges museum.

This is my third time going back to the museum and I am glad that I was able to get in.

Inside the museum

There are exhibits on the Ba culture and the area of the three gorges downriver from Chongqing.

This poster is saying Chinese should smoke Chinese cigarettes, during the boycott of foreign products.

Remnants of a Japanese bomb. From 1938-1943, Japan dropped many bombs in ChongQing to terrorize the local residents.

View across from the museum

A friend of a CongTou, YuMin was very nice willing to show me around the city and treated me for a dry hot pot. A funny looking sculpture at HongYaDong.

JiaLing river

Crossed the JiaLing river by cable car (5Yuan).

View of YuZhong district

The Science Museum

and Theater.

Just around ZhongYangGongYuan, Central Park

are some newly built churches

Took bus 262 from ChaoTianMen to ChongQing Library.

There are many plants around the library

a pretty green library

Back to HongYaDong

There are many food stalls on the 4th floor

Night scenery

Apr 20 2010

ChongQing Day 2, China

Most days, ChongQing is covered by fog. The city is also called WuDu, the capital of fog.

Ate XiaoMian (3Yuan~USD$0.50) for breakfast, a typical local food.

There are a few museums located around ChaoTianMen bus station, just within walking distance from the YangTze River hostel. Visited the ChongQing famous people museum which is free.

There was a short movie about how the Japanese was trying to bomb the city during the war. Even till today, most people in the city still have an anti Japanese sentiment and there are still many bunkers in the city.

A long painting hanging on the wall

Because there was an Russian artist exhibition, got a promotional ticket for 10 Yuan to get in the ChongQing Urban Planning museum.

The museum is about plans to develop the city. The current mayor of the city is BoXiLai. The guy was also the mayor for Dalian few years back, and the city Dalian also has a similar Urban Planning Museum.

Plan of ChongQing

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The average per capita income has been increasing for the past few years. However, the income for rural population is still lagging behind the per capital income for the city population.

The plan of One Circle with 2 Wings. The objective is to use the city (an area of one hour economic circle) to lead the development of the rural area.

The museum was pretty interactive with a lot of videos and multimedia equipments.

Took bus 265 to CiQiKou

which is an old town of ChongQing.

Like most other old towns in China, the town has become touristy with many shops selling souvenirs and food catering to visitors.

There were also a few Indian Roti shop.

Got back to the RenMinDaLiTang.

tried to visit the three Gorges museum but it was already closed. The latest time to enter is 4pm.

Golden mini twin tower

Took bus 338 to YangRenJie which has some structures from other countries.

Everywhere there are constructions going on.

Took bus 321 back to JieFangBei. Food in ChongQing has some similarities with Sichuanese cuisine, except that it’s not that numbing. ChongQing is famous for its hot and spicy HotPot.

Met up with Phoebe whom I met at the hostel in Chengdu for hotpot dinner, together with her friends.

Duck intestines

Pig’s brain

Apr 19 2010

ChongQing Day 1, China

Got on the 9.18am K986 train towards Chongqing (47Yuan~USD$7, 4 hours). There are also express trains (2 hours) that run pretty frequent from Chengdu to Chongqing costing 112 Yuan.

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View on the way

Got to the ChongQing North station at around 1.30pm,

then took bus 141 towards ChaoTianMen which the YangTze River hostel is located just nearby.

Crossing the bridge over the JiaLing river

YangTze River hostel (25Yuan~USD$4)

Chongqing was the Kuomintang wartime capital from 1938 to 1945. The city is one of four municipalities in China, large cities directly under the government control. Chongqing City is intersected by the Jialing River and the Yangtze River. The city is surrounded by mountains. It contains Daba Shan in the north, Wu Shan in the east, Wuling Shan in the southeast, and Dalou Mountain to the south. Chongqing is also famous for its hot and humid weather during summer.

Chongqing is quite different from other cities in China. The landscape is very hilly and streets are windy. Unlike most cities in China with a center point, the city of Chongqing is divided into 4 main districts. The peninsula intersected by the 2 rivers is called YuZhong or JieFangBei district. Then there is JiangBei district north of the peninsula. NanPing district is at the south of JiaLing river. ShaPingBa district s located at the west part of YuZhong district. No matter old or new buildings, most buildings in ChongQing are quite high, above 20 storeys, Guess probably because of its mountainous landscape it’s easier to accommodate the city big population in highrise.

An old highrise

JiefangBei, People’ s Liberation Monument from the Japanese.

This can be considered as the main downtown of Chongqing.

Around JieFangBei is pedestrian mall

It’s quite hilly in Chongqing, stairs used to move around

Took the monorail

to DaLiTang. (Great Hall of the People). The government is pumping a lot of money into Chongqing. Everywhere there are constructions going on. The first monorail line was completed in 2005. 5 more lines are being currently constructed.

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.
There are many people dancing at the square every evening.

Night view across the river

A cute kitten, back at the hostel


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