Chongqing Travel Tips

To have a better travel experience in Chongqing, here are some useful Chongqing travel tips, which may be helpful for your Chongqing tour. When plan your trip to Chongqing, view our answers to questions about Chongqing travel to get a better understanding of Chongqing. 

Useful Numbers

Emergency numbers are for reference in case there is an emergency. Here below are some useful telephone numbers in Chongqing and postcodes of Chongqing for you to have a convenient Chongqing tour.

China International country code number 0086
Area Code 023
Ambulance 120
Fire 119
Police 110
Weather Report 121
Traffic Accidents 122
Time Check 117
Post Code Check 184
Tourist Hotline 023-96111
Chongqing Emergency Medical Center 023-63862362
Air ticket office 023-63603223
Railway Station Inquiry 023-63442322
Chongqing Transportation Service Hotline 023-96096
Coach Station Inquiry 023-63873196
Chongqing Train Booking Telephone 023-96006
Domestic Route Information Phone 023-67853191
International Route Consulting Phone 023-67856170
Chongqing Tourism Bureau 023-63712218

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Best Time to Visit Chongqing

March to May and September to October are the best tourist seasons in chongqing. This period of time is the spring and autumn season in Chongqing, the weather is not cold or hot, and the temperature is comfortable. If you want to take a boat trip cruising the Yangtze river and Jialin river, you need to take a coat. In addition, from October to April in the following year, Chongqing has more fog than any other time of year, so although it is hot in summer, there is less fog comparing with other seasons. Summer is the best time to enjoy the charming night scene of Chongqing. Winter is more suitable for visiting indoor museum or Wulong Karst Landscape, and is a good time to eat hotpot, soak hot springs to relax.

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What to Pack for Chongqing Travel

  • Spring(March-May): Spring comes in late February or early March and lasts until early May. The temperature rises rapidly, but not stable. Sweaters and jackets are fine for the weather, but keep long-sleeved shirts/thin coat ready for when the weather gets warmer.
  • Summer(June-September): Summer in Chongqing is long and hot from June to September. Just wear summer clothes such as T-shirts, skirts and shorts, remember to bring umbrellas and sunscreen, and drink a lot of water when travelling to Chongqing in summer. 
  • Autumn(October-November): Autumn is usually pleasantly cool from October to November. After entering November, the temperature drops gradually. T-shirts, thin sweaters and coats are needed at this time.
  • Winter(December-February): In winter, Chongqing's weather is mild and gloomy, with little snow. There is little frost or snow, but a lot of fog and mist. Usually, down or cotton jacket, sweater and thick jeans are suitable for the weather. Due to the wet and cold weather, it is best to wear down jacket. 

How Many Days Are Needed for Chongqing Travel

Scenic spots in Chongqing are mostly concentrated in the downtown, it is suggested to spend 2-3 days travelling in the city center. Most scenic spots in the downtown can be available by subway, which is very time-saving. If you have enough time, you can also go to the attractions around Chongqing, such as Three Natural Bridges, Wulong Fairy Mountain and Dazu Rock Carving. If you go to Dazu Rock Carving and Wulong Karst Landscape, you need another two days. 

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144-Hour Visa-Free Transit

China's 144-hour visa-free transit policy allows air travelers from 53 countries to transit and stay in some designated Chinese cities for 144 hours (6 days). Starting from Dec 1, 2019, Chongqing has implemented a 144-hour visa-free transit policy for people from 53 countries. Previously, Chongqing had been implementing a 72-hour visa-free transit policy.

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Chongqing Food

When you come to Chongqing, you will not to be surprised to hear that the Chinese believe in the saying 'People make food their Heaven'. It is seem that people in Chongqing are never weary of eating. Thousands of restaurants are scattered throughout every corner of the city, attracting customers from home and abroad with their different specialties. Chongqing hot pot is a nationwide renowned cuisine, Chongqing people love to eat hot pot, with cattle stomach, duck intestines, Huanghou and blood curd rinsing in hotpot soup and dipping in sesame oil and minced garlic condiments. And different hotpot restaurants in Chongqing have different practices. Chongqing spicy noodles now in the national popularity is no less than Chongqing hotpot. Hot noodles seasons with soy sauce, MSG, ginger and garlic, sprouts, green Onions, pepper and other spices, spicy and delicious. 

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Where to Stay in Chongqing

Chongqing is famous for its "night view of mountain city". Visitors can enjoy the river scenery at Hongya cave, taste local snacks on Bayi road, and be fascinated by the folk music in Ciqikou. Most tourists spend the night near Jiefangbeibecause of the convenient transportation and many scenic spots. In addition, Nanan districtShapingba district and Jiangbei district are also popular, because these districts also have many scenic spots and convenient transportation, and the price is cheaper than that of Jiefangbei. For businessmen, it is recommended to stay in Jiangbei district or High-tech District, where commerce and trade are concentrated, and transportation is convenient.

How to Get to Chongqing

Chongqing is the hub of southwest and central China, a major city on the upper reaches of the Yangtze river, and one of the major transportation hubs connecting east and west China. Chongqing has extensive water, land and air transportation. It has formed a convenient and efficient three-dimensional transportation network with many large and medium-sized cities all over the country and even in the world. It can be easily reached by air, train or coach. Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport, Chongqing North Railway Station and Chongqing West Railway Station are important passenger transport centers in Chongqing. As for internal traffic, there are various forms of public transportation in the main urban areas of Chongqing, including bus, monorails, metro, cableways, escalators, elevators and ferries. Among them, rail transit and buses are the main means of public transportation. Moreover, bicycles and electric cars are hardly seen on the roads of Chongqing.

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Chongqing Shopping

There are many business areas in Chongqing, including Nanping shopping district, Yangjiaping shopping district, Shapingba shopping district, Jiangbei shopping district, Jiefangbei shopping district, etc. Among them, Jiefangbei is most popular among the tourists and has the largest number of people. To shop in Chongqing, if you like spicy food, you must buy Hotpot Condiment. In addition, there are also some Chongqing fetured snacks and local tea you can choose as souvenirs. Generally, you can buy them at some scenic spots like Ciqikou Ancient Town, but the price is high. It is suggested to buy at some supermarkets where the price is affordable. If you like to eat spicy dishes, you can go to the traditional market and bring back some dried peppers and Sichuan peppercorn.

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Things to Do in Chongqing

Known as a mountain city, Chongqing attracts tourists from home and abroad with its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. When travelling in Chongqing, it is recommended to enjoy the nightview of the mountain city, take a cruise at night, soak in the hot springs, eat the Chongqing hot pot and taste snacks on the food streets. 

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Consumption Level

Consumption level in Chongqing is about the same as Chengdu, but lower than Beijing and Shanghai.

  • Scenic Spot: Overall consumption level is not high. Travelling in Chongqing, most of the activities are in the main urban areas, most of the must-visit attractions such as Hongya Cave, Ciqikou and Three Gorge Museum are open for free. And other attractions' admission is not expensive, for example, the river cableway is 20 yuan per person for single trip and 30 yuan per person for round trip. If going to the surrounding Wulong or Dazu Rock Carving, consumption will be relatively higher, at least per capita 200-300 yuan a day.
  • Dining: Travel in chongqing, one of the most important things is to taste local food, so the cost of food and beverage is naturally relatively high, but  the actual consumption is not high. A bowl of hot and sour rice noodles is 5-6 yuan per portion, spicy noodles 6-10 yuan per portion, and Chaoshou 10-15 yuan per portion. The old hot pot is usually per capita 40-60 yuan, and high-end new style hot pot is more expensive, per capita 80-100 yuan. The dining price at Hongya cave and Ciqikou ancient town are about twice as much elsewhere.
  • Accommodation: Take Jiefangbei and Hongya Cave for example, because of the good location, the hotel price is relatively high, 5-star hotels in the off-season are at least 500 yuan, economy hotels are about 200-300 yuan for Twins Room. Youth hotels are relatively cheaper, about 50 yuan/night. 
  • Transportation: Chongqing's transportation consumption is not high. You can get around the city mainly by metro, costing 2-7 yuan. And scenic spots in Yuzhong District are concentrated, you can go on foot. If you really want to take a taxi, the starting price is 10 yuan.


  • Travel to Chongqing in summer, you'd better take cappa or long-sleeved clothes, to protect youselves from strong ultraviolet ray. In addition, rain gears and anti-mosquito drugs are essential.
  • Chongqing's climate is humid, so take several sets of lightweight clothes for changing and washing.
  • When taking a bus in Chongqing, pay attention to the bus stops. Many places in Chongqing are one-way streets, so you may have to walk a long way to take the bus on your return journey.
  • The diet of Chongqing is given priority to with spicy and hot. If you are not accustomed to eat spicy food, take more medicine for decreasing the internal heat. 
  • There are a lot of mountain roads in Chongqing, and it is very hard to go uphill and downhill, so it is recommended to choose comfortable and light shoes to go out.
  • The temperature difference in Chongqing is large after raining, remember to prepare a coat.

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Banks in Chongqing

Cash machines are quite common in Chongqing, and there's no need to worry about finding a bank. And today, mobile payments (WeChat pay and Alipay pay) are available in most places of China, let alone in Chongqing, you can pay for almost everything with your mobile. Here below are some banks in Chongqing. 

  • Bank of China(Chongqing Branch)中国银行
    Address: No.218, Zhongshan First Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区中山一路218号
    Tel: 023-63889345/95566/023-63889234
  • Bank of China(Yuzhong Branch)中国银行
    Address: No.171, Wuyi Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区五一路171号
    Tel: 023-63800654
  • Bank of China(Shapingba Branch)中国银行
    Address: Three Gorge Square, No.29, Xiaoxin Street, Shapingba District, Chongqing重庆市沙坪坝区小新街29号三峡广场内
    Tel: 023-65409644/023-65314269
  • Bank of China中国银行
    Address: No.160, Daping Central Street, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区大坪正街160号
    Tel: 023-63797253/023-63737735
  • Bank of China中国银行
    Address: No.58, Changjiang First Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区长江一路58号
    Tel: 023-63860385/023-63833139/95566
  • Bank of China中国银行
    Address: No.1, Tuanjie Road, Jiulongpo District, Chongqing重庆市九龙坡区团结路1号
    Tel: 023-68429507/023-68410838
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.6, Jianbei First Branch Road, Jiangbei District, Chongqing重庆市江北区建北一支路6号
    Tel: 023-67854043/95588
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.235, Shancha Road, Yubei District, Chongqing重庆市渝北区山茶路235号
    Tel: 023-88733608
  • Industrial and Commercial Bank of China中国工商银行
    Address: No.37, Jianxin North Road, Jiangbei Dsirtict, Chongqing重庆市江北区建新北路37号
    Tel: 023-67852232/023-67863808/95588
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: No.9, Guanyinqiao Pedestrian Street, Jiangbei District, Chongqing重庆市江北区观音桥步行街9号
    Tel: 023-67865939
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: No.236-7, Nancheng Avenue, Nanan District, Chongqing重庆市南岸区南城大道236号附7号
    Tel: 023-62819184/023-62819174
  • China Construction Bank中国建设银行
    Address: No.123, Daping Central Street, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区大坪正街123号
    Tel: 023-63817529/023-63316839

Hospitals in Chongqing

Chongqing, as the central city of southwest China, has relatively good medical conditions in China, and there are also a large number of pharmacies in the city, so you can ask for help in case of emergency during your trip.

  • The First Affiliated Hospital of Chongqing Medical University重庆医科大学附属第一医院
    Address: No.1, Youyi Road, Yuanjiagang, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区袁家岗友谊路1号
    Tel: 023-89012238/023-68811360
  • People's Hospital of Chongqing重庆市人民医院
    Address: No.196, Zhongshan Second Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区中山二路196号
    Tel: 023-63522569/023-63513194
  • The Fourth People's Hospital of Chongqing重庆市第四人民医院
    Address: No.1, Jiankang Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区健康路1号
    Tel: 023-63692009/023-63692008/023-63692253
  • Chongqing General Hospital of Chinese People's Armed Police Force中国人民武装警察部队重庆市总队医院
    Address: No.90, Weiguo Road, Nanan District, Chongqing重庆市南岸区卫国路90号
    Tel: 023-62511985/023-62511185/023-62505949
  • Chongqing jiangjin District Central Hospital重庆市江津区中心医院
    Address: No.725, Jiangzhou Avenue, Jiangjin District, Chongqing重庆市江津区江州大道725号
    Tel: 023-47521342
  • The Ninth People's Hospital of Chongqing重庆市第九人民医院
    Address: No.69, Jialing Village, Beibei District, Chongqing重庆市北碚区嘉陵村69号
    Tel: 023-63221327/023-68865906
  • University Town Hospital Affiliated to Chongqing Medical University重庆医科大学附属大学城医院
    Address: No.55, University Town Middle Road, Shapingba District, Chongqing重庆市沙坪坝区大学城中路55号
    Tel: 023-65715700
  • Chongqing Hospital of Traditional Chinese Medicine重庆市中医院
    Address: No.6, Panxi Branch Road, Jiangbei Disrtict, Chongqing重庆市江北区盘溪支路6号
    Tel: 023-67068966/023-67063949/023-67665886
  • Tongji Hospital同济医院
    Address: No.102, Yongjia Avenue, Bishan District, Chongqing重庆市璧山区永嘉大道102号
    Tel: 023-64317999

Expresses and Post Offices in Chongqing

The postal code in Chongqing is 400000. Chongqing city owns many post offices and express services, so sending postcards and parcels is very convenient. The postage for sending postcards is usually 0.8 yuan per sheet. Business hours of Chongqing post office is usually 9:00-17:00. 

  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: No.9, Guanyinqiao Pedestrian Street, Jiangbei District, Chongqing重庆市江北区观音桥步行街9号
    Tel: 023-67850017/023-67855327
  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: Three Gorge Square, No.79, Xiaoxin Street, Shapingba District, Chongqing重庆市沙坪坝区小新街79号三峡广场
    Tel: 023-65311236
  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: No.69-11, Huilong Road, Nanan District, Chongqing重庆市南岸区回龙路69号附11号
    Tel: 023-61217488
  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: No.575-7, Nanping East Road, Nanan District, Chongqing重庆市南岸区南坪东路575号附7号
  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: No.136, Jiefang West Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区解放西路136号
    Tel: 023-63929439
  • China Post中国邮政
    Address: No.98, Zourong Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区邹容路98号
    Tel: 023-63829422
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: No.25-2, Changjiang Branch Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区长江支路25号附2号
    Tel: 95338
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: No.83-22, Jinyu Avenue, Yubei District, Chongqing重庆市渝北区金渝大道83号附22号
    Tel: 95338
  • SF Express顺丰速运
    Address: No.1040, Shangpin Road, Yubei District, Chongqing重庆市渝北区尚品路1040号
    Tel: 95338
  • Yunda Express韵达快递
    Address: No.65-4, Cangbai Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区沧白路65号附4号
    Tel: 95546
  • Yunda Express韵达快递
    Address: No.67, Huayi Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区华一路67号
    Tel: 95546

Foreign Consulates in Chongqing

  • Canada Consulate General in Chongqing加拿大驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: Suite 1705, Metropolitan Tower, No.68, Zourong Road,Yuzhong District,Chongqing重庆市渝中区邹容路68号大都会商厦1705室
    Tel: 023-63738007
  • Consulate General of Japan in Chongqing日本国驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: 37F, Metropolitan Tower, No.68, Zourong Road,Yuzhong District,Chongqing重庆市渝中区邹容路68号大都会东方广场37层
    Tel: 023-63733585/023-63691500
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Philippines in Chongqing菲律宾共和国驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: 22F, Chongqing World Financial Center, No.188, Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区民族路188号环球金融中心22层
    Tel: 023-63810832
  • Consulate General of Royal Cambodia in Chongqing柬埔寨王国驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: Chongqing World Financial Center, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区重庆环球金融中心
    Tel: 023-63113666
  • Consulate General of the Republic of Italy in Chongqing意大利共和国驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: No.188, Minzu Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing重庆市渝中区民族路188号
    Tel: 023-63822511
  • Royal Danish Consulate General in Chongqing丹麦王国驻重庆总领事馆
    Address: 31F, Metropolitan Tower, No.68, Zourong Road, Yuzhong District,Chongqing重庆市渝中区邹容路68号大都会商厦31层
    Tel: 023-63836008