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.
Before our cruise we were taken around to visit a few city sites.
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.
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!
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 really lights up at night!