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Sichuan and Chongqing Travel Guide

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Plan Your Sichuan and Chongqing Vacation

Renowned for spicy cuisine, giant pandas, and fiery tempers, Sichuan is one of China's most interesting and influential provinces. Chongqing is known as China's "mountain city." Vast and modern, while still retaining many of its old buildings—for now—Chongqing features a fascinating balance of modern Chinese dynamism and Sichuan spice.

Top Reasons To Go

  1. Emeishan Hike 10,000 feet to the top of one of China's holy mountains and a UNESCO World Heritage Site.
  2. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base Stroll through the bamboo groves, bone up on the latest in genetic biology and ecological preservation, and check out cute baby pandas.
  3. Horseback riding in Songpan Marvel at the raw beauty of northern Sichuan's pristine mountain forests and emerald-green lakes from the backs of these gentle beasts.
  4. Liquid fire Savor some of the spiciest food on the planet in Chongqing's many hotpot restaurants.
  5. An engineering miracle or madness Enjoy a lazy riverboat ride through the surreal Three Gorges, and stand in awe of one of China's latest engineering feats, the mighty Three Gorges Dam.

When To Go

When to Go

Chengdu and eastern Sichuan are hot and humid, with temperatures of 35° to 50°F in winter and 75° to 85°F in summer. Chongqing is known for ...

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