Fly To Chongqing, China
Chongqing is quickly growing in popularity as a tourist destination. It’s currently going through a transition period and you’ll still see old homes on stilts along hillsides with skyscrapers and massive construction projects as their backdrop. But the city has a ban on hooters, making it much quieter than its larger Chinese counterparts and with the rolling hills and lack of bicycles, Chongqing seems to balance the hustle of cars and motorbikes with a serene peace that few cities in China can lay claim to.
Visa Requirements & SA Embassy Details
- South African passport holders do need a Visa to visit Chongqing, China. Be sure to leave ample time for processing and ensure that your passport is valid for 6 months after your return date. Also make sure that you have 2 blank pages available for entry stamps.
- The South African Embassy in China is located at 5 Dongzhimenwai Dajie, 100600, Beijing. Phone: +86-10-65320171.
See and do
On the surface, Chongqing looks a little rough around the edges but on further investigation you’ll find a city rich in interesting tourist sites and activities. Foreigner Street is an amusement park and entertainment area towards the north. It’s dotted with foreign shops so you can find an Australian bar as well as an upside-down house, tiny train and oddly enough, the world’s largest public bathroom. Also worth a visit is the museum at the old military headquarters, Jiang Jieshi. Red Rock Village is a popular tourist site in the city with a rich historical background. Chongqin Hua Yan Tourist Spot includes a Buddhist monastery and a temple complex set in a lush green valley next to a lake, right in the middle of the city.
In terms of leisure activities, take a river cruise through the cradle of China; a boat trip at night for an amazing view of the skyline; a cable car ride over the Yangtze River and a visit to the hot springs where there are some great hotels, spas and gardens. Also take a ride on the Caiyuanba Escalator, the longest in Asia.
When making your way around the city, don’t ride a bike – the city streets are pretty packed and there are also many hills. Instead, try the subway or monorail system for getting around the city centre, to and from the main shopping areas as well as the airport. Announcements are in Mandarin as well as English. Buses are a cheap way of getting around, and readily available, as are taxis which operate 24/7. Very few taxi drivers speak English, so make sure you have your destination written down in Chinese if you want to get there. Here’s a tip: on hot days you won’t find many taxis around since they need to make frequent trips for gas for the aircon. Instead, make alternative plans or stay indoors!
Chongqing Jianbei International Airport – CKG
Food and beverage: Times Jacuzzi Restaurant, Purple Wyatt Restaurant, Linton Restaurant, Master Private Beef Noodles and a few fast food eateries.
Airport Hotels: None on site. Nearby: Days Hotel and Suites.
Car Hire: Avis, Budget, Hertz, Budget, Alamo, Sixt, Thrift.
Airport Hub: Chongqing Airport (code CKG) is a hub for Air China, China Express Airlines, China Southern Airlines, Chongqing Airlines, Shandong Airlines, Sichuan Airlines.