The 10hr train ride from Xi’an to Chongqing went smoothly, and we were able to catch a bit of sleep. Our hotel in Chongqing is more like a serviced apartment, which even has a laundry machine –> We seized the chance immediately and did a load 😄 The rest of the day we wandered around the central area, but it was not so exciting because everything is new. The city landscape of Chongqing is much more interesting, because it is built on uneven land. Some spots even reminded us of Hong Kong. There is a touristy area of Hongya 洪崖洞, which is very cheesy, definitely aimed at local tourists, waste of time. The best part of the day was dinner – Chongqing hot pot (numbingly spicy), which is famous throughout China. I ordered the mildest version they had, but my tongue was numb after the first three bites 😛 that did not keep us from enjoying the meal though, and our tongues regained feelings halfway through dinner. It lived up to its reputation and we found it very good.
Bye bye Xi'an
One of the many bridges and the Yangtze river
I do not see the link between pirates and Hongya
Fake fake fake
No idea what the proprietors were thinking… 不倫不類
Found in touristy area, wood could not have been more than 10years old. Chinese quality.
Chongqing is knocking down and building up houses like no tomorrow
Found on the "People's Liberation Memorial", it is ironic that the Communist liberated the people directly into the arms of the capitalists. The whole square is packed full of luxury goods shop, and the Chinese are oblivious to the irony.
Sweet lichi 😁