CULTURE & CUISINE
Chongqing offers you the heritage of Ba and Yu ethnic cultures dating back more than 3000 years. The history of these cultures is on display in the numerous museums around the city. As the fourth municipality of the nation, together with Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin, the importance of Chongqing as a cultural centre makes the museum’s collections nothing short of amazing. Also worth visiting is the Chongqing Library, one of the largest in China. The city is also famous for culture; the Chongqing Acrobatic Troupe, formed in 1950, together with its orchestra, will make you gasp with amazement while watching the beautifully choreographed performances. Beautiful natural resources, cultural relics and many charming historic sites attract thousands of visitors to Chongqing every year.
The best-known Chongqing dish is Hot Pot, which is a hot and light soup – the taste is hot, fresh and aromatic at the same time. When it comes to cuisine in Chongqing, spiciness and hotness are indispensable. During your stay you will enjoy a combination of cooking techniques and diverse flavours, such as fermented, smoked, aromatic, fresh, sweet and sour spices. And you cannot leave Chongqing before you’ve tasted sweet red-robe oranges or Cuiping Silver-needle tea.