With a layout reminiscent of Hong Kong and a distinct Sichuanese vibe, Chongqing is one of the most interesting and dynamic cities in Western China. The "Mountain City," as it is known, is much more three-dimensional than your average Chinese metropolis, so prepare for plenty of hills and stairs. It is also one of China's hottest cities in the summer, but the plentiful trees and growing numbers of skyscrapers offer plenty of shade in the afternoon.
The central peninsula area of Yuzhong district, between the Jialing River to the north and the Yangtze River to the south, is the most interesting and dynamic area of Chongqing. Within Yuzhong, most of the action is centered around the Jiefang Bei (Liberation Monument) area, where you will find the bulk of Chongqing's top hotels, restaurants, bars, and clubs.
There's plenty to do outside of the city center, however, with scenic mountains in the south, the old Ming town of Ciqikou to the northwest, and the fantastic Buddhist caves at Dazu, farther afield.