Unique Transport and Architecture of Chongqing
Unique Transport and
Architecture of Chongqing
Discover the unique and creative architecture and modes of transport in the ‘Mountain City’.
Ride the speedy hillside escalator, cross the river by cable car and experience
an unbelievable train ride that passes through a 19-storey building.
WHY THIS TOUR?
Chongqing is enormous! Often called ‘Little Hong Kong’, this massive metropolis combines an enthralling urban cityscape with traditional cultural elements. This large municipality is located at the convergence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers.
It is south-western China’s driving economic and political force, the largest regional city and has the highest population density in the area. At its core is the old city of Chongqing, which has a history stretching back some 3,000 years. Famed as the ‘Mountain City’, this one-of-a-kind urban sprawl is located on steep hills, making navigating the city both challenging and fun. This has resulted in architects and town planners getting creative in making transportation and residential projects coexist.
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From the hotel, head to the Crown Escalator, the second longest in Asia (the longest is in Korea). The escalator is 112 metres-long, the slope is steep and the journey is fast – clocking in at two minutes and 30 seconds from bottom to top. It offers an insight into how Chongqing has adapted to mountain life.
From one unique mode of transport to another – your next experience is a train that passes right through a 19-storey building. From Zengjiayan Station to Liziba Station, commuters on this unbelievable train pass through a tunnel built through a residential high-rise.
Then take the Yangtze River Cableway which connects both sides of the Yangtze River in just six minutes, whisking you high in the sky across the water and offering wonderful views of the city.
It’s now time to stretch your legs with a stroll along Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street. Surrounded by skyscrapers and lit up with neon signs, Jiefangbei is a bustling district. It is centred around the People’s Liberation Monument, which marks the Chinese people’s victory in the Sino-Japanese War. The fashionable pedestrianised street has a cosmopolitan feel, with designer boutiques, modern shopping malls, cocktail bars and sophisticated restaurants.
Our final type of transport is the ferry, the preferred way of travelling around the city in the olden days. Rub shoulders with the locals as you ride the ferry from Chaotianmen Port to Danzishi Port to see the city from a different perspective.
At the end of the tour, the driver will take you back to the hotel.