Sichuan and Chongqing

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  • 1. Baoding Shan

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    A UNESCO World Heritage site, these Buddhist caves rival those at Datong, Dunhuang, and Luoyang. The sculptures, ranging from teeny-tiny to...Read More

  • 2. Fengdu Ghost City

    Archaeological Site/Ruins

    Also known as Guicheng or the "city of devils," this city on the banks of the Yangtze is filled with temples, buildings, and statues depicting...Read More

  • 3. Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve

    Nature Preserve/Wildlife Refuge

    High among the snowcapped peaks of the Aba Autonomous Prefecture of northern Sichuan lies the Jiuzhaigou Nature Reserve, a spectacular national...Read More

  • 4. Little Three Gorges

    Geological Site

    At the entrance to Wu Gorge, you can take a smaller boat navigated by local boatmen to the Little Three Gorges. These three gorges—Dragon Gate...Read More

  • 5. Tibetan Quarter

    Market/Bazaar

    Chengdu's tiny Tibetan Quarter is a fascinating place to explore. Shop for colorful Tibetan clothing and art, including religious objects such...Read More

  • 6. Wangjianglou Pavilion Park (Bamboo Park)

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The four-story wooden pavilion in Wangjianglou Pavilion Park, dating from the Qing Dynasty, offers splendid views of the Fu River. The poet...Read More

  • 7. Wenshu Monastery

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Named after Manjusri, the bodhisattva of transcendent wisdom, Wenshu Monastery is one of the most important (and well-preserved) Zen Buddhist...Read More

  • 8. Yangtze River Cable Car

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Get a bird's-eye view of Chongqing, one of the world's biggest cities. Ideal for taking photos of the city and the two rivers, it's a good...Read More

  • 9. 18 Steps

    Neighborhood/Street

    18 Steps is one of the coolest places in the city, literally and figuratively. The neighborhood is just south of the Liberation Monument, and...Read More

  • 10. Badong

    Town/Village

    At the city of Badong, just outside the eastern end of Wu Gorge, boats leave for Shennongjia on the Shennong River, where you can take in the...Read More

  • 11. Chaotianmen Docks

    Marina/Pier/Dock

    Not as busy and bustling as once upon a time, Chaotianmen Docks lets you get a glimpse of China at work. Here you can witness the merging of...Read More

  • 12. Ci Qi Kou Old Town

    Neighborhood/Street

    Perched in the western part of the city overlooking the Jialing River, this district dates back to the late Ming Dynasty. There is a main drag...Read More

  • 13. Du Fu's Thatched Cottage Museum

    House/Mansion/Villa

    This museum is named for the famous poet Du Fu (AD 712–770) of the Tang Dynasty, whose poetry continues to be read today. A Manchurian, he came...Read More

  • 14. Emeishan

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The 10,000-foot-high Emeishan (literally translated as Lofty Eyebrow Mountain) in southern Sichuan is one of China's holiest Buddhist pilgrimage...Read More

  • 15. Giant Buddha

    Public Art (Mural/Sculpture/Statue)

    Rising 233 feet, this is the tallest stone Buddha and among the tallest sculptures in the world. The big toes are each 28 feet long. A monk...Read More

  • 16. Giant Panda Breeding Research Base

    Zoo/Aquarium

    The Giant Panda Breeding Research Base is worth the 45-minute drive (from the center of Chengdu) to walk the peaceful bamboo groves, snap pictures...Read More

  • 17. Jinyun Mountain

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    Just north of the city, Jinyun Mountain has some pretty views and a smattering of pavilions from the Ming and Qing dynasties. Three contain...Read More

  • 18. Loquat Hill

    Viewpoint/Scenic Overlook

    The 804-foot Loquat Hill has great views of the river below. At night, enjoy the city lights. There's also a small park with no entrance fee. ...Read More

  • 19. Luohan Temple

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    Originally built about 1,000 years ago, then rebuilt in 1752 and again in 1945, the Luohan Temple is a popular place of worship, and a small...Read More

  • 20. Ming Hill

    Religious Building/Site/Shrine

    The bamboo-covered Ming Hill is home to a Buddhist temple, a pavilion, and pagodas with brightly painted dragons and swans emanating from the...Read More

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