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Attraction & Sightseeing In Chongqing

Angling City -- Ba Yu Culture Village -- Baoding Mountain -- Beishan Hill Grotto -- Chaotian Gate


Angling City

Angling City - Attraction & Sightseeing In ChongqingAngling City (diaoyu cheng), located on the Angling Mountain overlooking the Jialing River, is a city filled with legend.

The mountain here contains a gargantuan rock, where it is said that an immortal being once fished to relieve the local folks of famine. This tale gave rise to the name "Angling City". Due largely to its strategic geographical location, this town has long been a military stronghold. 

In 1259, the Mongolian Khan conquered the city and after five months of warfare was only injured once by cannon. Remains of the battlefield can still be seen here.

How to get there: Take a long distance bus from Caiyuan Ba Bus Station to Hechuan and then take a minibus. The trip should take about 2 hours.

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Ba Yu Culture Village

Ba Yu Culture Village - Attraction & Sightseeing In ChongqingThe Folk Culture and Custom Village of the Ba and Yu peoples (bayu wenhuacun), is located on the Lianglu Town of Yubei District. Although it is a slightly nag idea, there are a few places worth visiting here. The museum here displays 1,000 different type of Chinese folk handicraft, costumes and decorations as well as other household articles. 

There is also an ancient temple here, the Kwan-yin showing the religious belief and prayer procedures of the ancient Ba people.

How to get there: Take a minibus from the Yutong Hotel at Hongqihe Qu and it will take you directly there. The trip should take about an hour.

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Baoding Mountain

Baoding Mountain - Attraction & Sightseeing In ChongqingBaoding Mountain (baoding shan), is renowned for the examples of stone carving that exist in the grottoes here. This is a Buddhist Mountain and held in high regard by local practicing monks in the area.

There are a total of thirteen different spots on the mountain that house examples of Buddhist carvings. Most of the carvings depict typical Buddhist legends or tales with strong religious meaning. Ingenious measures are taken to prevent erosion of many of the carvings too.

How to get there: From the Caiyuanba Bus Terminal near the Chongqing railway station, there are two buses each hour which run to Dazu county town. The trip takes 2 hours. From the bus station of the Dazu county, mini buses takes you to Baoding Mountain which is 15KM away from the county center.

Cost: RMB50(including admission to Baoding Mountain and Beishan Mountain

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Beishan Hill Grotto

Beishan Hill Grotto - Attraction & Sightseeing In ChongqingIt is located about two kilometers north of Dazu county, Beishan Hill Grotto (beishan shiku) boasts almost ten thousand sculptures first built here in 892 AD and gradually added over the years. At one spot up here, Fowan, there are some 290 grottoes filled with impressive stone sculptures. 

On the 300-meter-long, 7-meter-high slope, sculptures and carvings depicting the  lives of local people throughout the ages can be seen. 

The northern section of the hill is home to works dating to the late Tang Dynasty while the southern half contains art from the Southern and Northern Song Dynasties.

How to get there: From the Caiyuanba Bus Terminal near the Chongqing railway station, there are two buses each hour which run to Dazu county town. The trip takes 2 hours. Beishan is only 2KM from the county town and you can either walk there or take a taxi.

Cost: RMB50(including admission to Baoding Mountain and Beishan Mountain

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Chaotian Gate

Chaotian Gate - Attraction & Sightseeing In ChongqingIt is situated at the junction of the Yangtze and Jialing River in the northeast of Chongqing, the Chaotian Gate (chaotianmen) overlooks the two rivers and is surrounded by crags on three sides. 

The newly built Chaotian Gate Square is the best place to get an undisturbed view of the landscape here. Jialing River, 1,119 kilometers in length, with dozens of brooks and streams converging at different points, reaches the Yangtze on the left of the Gate. 

In summer or autumn each year, the green water from Jialing River mingles with the brownish yellow water in the Yangtze, producing an unusual picture.

How to get there: Take bus No.102 from Caiyuan Ba Station and it will take you directly to the gate. If you start from Wugongli, take bus No.382.

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