Images of China – Chongqing

Chongqing is the starting point for cruises down the Yangtze River.  Somewhere I’d seen it mentioned as “the town of Chongqing”.  So I was expecting a town.  HA!  It’s a city of 7-8 million people and the municipality has over 28 million!  The air in Chongqing was the worst we encountered.  There was even a metallic taste to it.  Although it was slightly better outside the city, the haze never lifted and we could still taste it.

Chongqing 1006 C Hotel View

Before our cruise we were taken around to visit a few city sites.

Chongqing 969 -70 MC

Chongqing was one of three headquarters for the Allies in WWII.  The General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum is located high on a hill in the middle of the city.

Chongqing 968 C Chongqing 977 C

The ancient town of Ciqikou is known as Little Chongqing.  The market streets run down to the edge of the Jialing River which feeds into the Yangtze. A commercial dock during the Ming and Qing Dynasties, it’s been here 1000 years!

Chongqing 993 -6 C Jialing River Stitch

Chongqing 980 C Ciqikou Ancient Town Chongqing 982 C

Chongqing 986 C2 Chongqing 983 C Chongqing 988 C

Chongqing 987 C Chongqing 989 C1

Chongqing 992 C Chongqing 998 C

Chongqing 999 C Chongqing 1018 C

Chongqing 1009 C Countryside

We took a bus ride through the countryside to The Dazu Rock Carvings, a UNESCO World Heritage Site.  These religious sculptures and carvings date from the 7th century AD.  They were influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs.  They are amazing – intricate, colorful and huge!

Chongqing 1030 C Chongqing 1036 C

Chongqing 1041 -3 C 31m-long Buddah Stitch

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Chongqing 1037 C Chongqing 1048 C

Chongqing 1047 C

Chongqing really lights up at night!

Chongqing 1070 Chongqing 1069 Night Lights

Chongqing 1073 Chongqing 1072

Chongqing 1050 C2    Next time – the Yangtze River.

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One Response to Images of China – Chongqing

  1. Janet Freeman says:

    thanks again for a delightful trip through a part of the world I have not seen. It is a good thing you could see the city with the terrible air and then move on. China is indeed a fascinating place as attested to by your pictures.

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