Natural hot springs are a hidden gem of the city, where some of the world's oldest hot springs are said to be located. Nowadays, thanks to ample geothermal resources and its beautiful landscape, Chongqing has developed dozens of hot spring spots across the city.
In 2012, the World Federation of Hydrotherapy and Climatotherapy held its annual conference there and dubbed the city the "global capital of hot springs," a first of its kind in the world.
The best seasons to visit Chongqing are spring and fall. The city has long been one of the hottest in China due to its geographic features and summer temperatures there can cross 40 C.
China Daily recently planned a 72-hour trip in Chongqing covering many of its scenic spots and a sampling of its local food. Even if you only have three days during this May Day holiday, the combination of the natural scenery and urban landscape would make your trip worthwhile.
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