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72 hours in Chongqing

Updated: Jun 17, 2019 By Tan Yingzi China Daily Print
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Radiant in the sunset, the Yuzhong Peninsula, or the Old Town serves as a prelude to the future for Chongqing, which has become one of the most attractive cities in the country, thanks to its diversity and vitality.[Photo provided to China Daily]

Day Two: History tour

Just an hour by road from downtown, is another side to Chongqing, viewed best at the Liangjiang International Movie City. It preserves its illustrious past as China's wartime capital during the War of Resistance Against Japanese Aggression (1931-45).

A trip to the movie city is like traveling back in time. Opened in late 2016, the movie city features a replica of six Chongqing street blocks from the 1930s containing over 220 buildings, as well as riverside neighborhoods featuring wooden houses and docks from the era, and sections of the city's ancient walls.

The shops, cafes and restaurants around the scenic area offer authentic food and drinks from the '30s, while a range of cultural activities are offered to help evoke memories of the old days.

Back from the movie city in the afternoon, you can relax with a cup of tea in Ci Qi Kou, an ancient river town. It features traditional southwestern architecture, small shops, a variety of snacks and even restaurants on boats.

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