Things to do in Sichuan and Chongqing

Three Gorges DamThe neighbouring provinces of Sichuan and Chongqing have an array of tourist attractions to fill your itinerary, for this reason we have created a tourist guide on things to do in Sichuan and Chongqing:

Chongqing

Most come to Chongqing to take the Yangzi cruise down to the Three Gorges, one of the best things to do in Chongqing. On the cruise you can view the Shibao Zhai, a brilliant red monastery which hugs the cliff. Also The City of Ghosts can be viewed from the river, a mountain purely dedicated to portraying the afterworld. The hillside is dotted with temples and shrines as well as some extreme waxworks, some of which can be seen as quite grotesque so is not for the faint hearted.

Apart from the river cruise, Chongqing also offers other things to do from museums to carvings. The Three Gorges museum is a must and showcases a collection of relics including Eastern Han tombs. You will notice the recurring image of the sun god Rishen in this museum, also known as Chongqing Museum. Another attraction is the Luohan Si, a hall full of life-size statues representing those freed from rebirth. There are a total of 524 statues in the hall, some quite gruesome looking.

Sichuan

Its nickname 'Land of Abundance' is a great way to describe Sichuan. Most of the things to do in Sichuan revolve around the abundant natural spectacles. Within the Sichuan province lie three World Heritage Sites, Jiuzhaigou, Yellow Dragon Valley and Mount Emeishan. Jiuzhaigou is a valley that lies high between the Sichuan Basin and Qinghai-Tibetan Platau.

The Jiuzhaigou Valley is enriched with numerous lakes and waterfalls amongst lush flora. Tiger Lake and Five-Flower Lake are just two of the areas bountiful gems, famous for their spectacular colours and shapes.

Inundated with names like ‘Fairy Land on Earth’ and ‘Yellow Dragon Valley’, Huanglong really is a nature’s heaven. The travertine formations wind their way through incredible forests with snow peaked mountain tops in the backdrop and crystal clear ponds in every direction. Throughout the seasons the landscape changes subtly, reflecting the seasonal flowerings. There are many attractions within the valley which include the Glowing Waterfall, Xishen Cave, Huanglong Temple and the Huanglong Cave. The Huanglong Cave in particular sits three Buddha statues that are decorated with crystals. However, it is Shitazhenhai which has been named the most beautiful, and rightly so. With the fantastic mix of calcium carbonate beneath the waters, the water becomes a magical and truly breathtaking sight.

Another feature on Sichuan’s list of things to do is the Leshan Giant Buddha. Towering at over 70m, the Giant Buddha is carved out of Lingyun Mountain. You cannot truly appreciate its size until you see it with your own eyes.

Furthermore, the southeast of the Sichuan province is home to the Dazu Rock Carvings scattered through out several areas. They are a collection of highly artistic rock carvings built from as early as 650 and were continued through both the Ming and Qing Dynasties. All together there are several thousands of carvings, most collaborated to tell stories, and many coloured fantastically.

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