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 A view of downtown Chongqing

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Chongqing is the forth municipality directly under the central government in China (after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin). Located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, Chongqing is southwest China's biggest industrial and commercial center, communication hub and inland port.

 
Attractions
There a number of locations that Chongqing is known for. Here is a short guide.
 
Night Lights 
By night Chongqing looks like a giant wonderland. The entire city is inundated in a sea of colored lights, which form a colorful three-dimensional painting, with waves of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers glistening against the moon lit, star spangled sky. The Red Star Pavilion in the Pipasha Park, the Kansheng Pavilion in the Eling Park, and a place called Yikeshu on the Nanshan Mountain are vintage points for observing the nocturnal scenes of the mountain city of Chongqing.
 
Youyang Taohuayuan
International leisure and tourism resort of Youyang Taohuayuan is located in the city proper of the Youyang Autonomous County. It combines the rurality culture of Qin-jin Dynasties, natural ecology culture, Tujia folk culture and Karst geology culture. You will be definitely impressed by the exact scenery presented in Tao Yuanming's poetry. 
 
Dazu Rock Carvings
Dazu Rock Carvings are fine example of grotto sculpture in China’s Tang and Song dynasties. They are regarded as an art treasure house that fully reflect the society, philosophy, religion and folklore of that time. In 1999, UNESCO list Dazu Rock Carvings as a world cultural heritage site.
 
Three Gorges Dam
Sailing down the Yangtze River from Chongqing to Yichang allows visitors to see the spectacular scenery of the Three Gorges along with its splendid cultural heritage and fabled local folklore.
 
Lesser Three Gorges
The Daning River is the largest Yangtze tributary, which rises in the southern side of the Daba Mountain and flows for 250km before emptying itself into the Yangtze at the western entrance to the Wuxia Gorge. The Lesser Three Gorges on the Daning River is billed amongst China’s best scenic resorts thanks to its gorgeous mountains, elegant peaks, turbulent rapids, limpid water, exotic rock imagery and serene scenery.
 
Hibiscus Cave
Fu Rong Cave is located above the Fu Rong River in Wulong country. The main part of the cave is 2,700 meters in length and 3.7 square meters in area. Housed in it are nearly 30 varieties of stalactites chiseled into every manner of exotic imagery by the cunning labor of nature. Major attractions are gold throne halls and sky-reaching jada pillars.
 
Three Natural Stone Bridges Geopark 
This spectacular Geopark shows Karst formations. It houses beautiful gores, three natural stone bridges, massive sink holes, fissure caves, flying waterfalls, etc.
 
Chonqing Nature Museum
Local natural history and flora samples are on display in the Chongqing Nature Museum in Beibei district, which includes a display room for dinosaurs that have been founded in Sichuan province. 
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