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Chongqing--City in Perpetual Motion

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A June 2005 trip to Chongqing by ToddieD

Chongqing Commercial District Photo, Chongqing, China More Photos
Quote: Our trip to China focused on Chongqing, because that is where we adopted our new daughter. As the most dreaded of all species, the parent/tourist, we descended upon shops, zoos, and museums to find out more about our daughter's beautiful homeland.

Chongqing--City in Perpetual Motion

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Overview

Chongqing Commercial District Photo, Chongqing, China
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We arrived in Chongqing at night, and pretty late at night, not arriving at our hotel until around 10pm, still early enough that the black was interrupted by bursts of neon. Chongqing (pronounced “Chun-ching,” where we Americans come up with our pronunciation of “Chunking,” as in the supermarket canned noodles) translates as “double celebration,” and the city looks like it is trying to live up to its name, with many colored lights punctuating the darkness. According to Wikipedia, Chongqing (which means "double celebration") is one of four of China's provincial-level municipalities; while provinces (like Hunan or Sichuan) are the most common type of province-level division, China's four municipaliti...Read More

JW Marriott Chongqing

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Hotel | "JW Marriott"

JW Marriott Chongqing Photo, Chongqing, China
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First off, let me clear something up. The JW Marriott is a five-star hotel. It is stunning and clearly outclasses me. That said, the rooms were the equivalent of $70 a night (approximately 560 CNY), i.e. what it would cost me to stay in the States at a cheap no-star bed-and-toilet joint. So, what's not to like?This is one instance where the pictures will say it all. The economy rooms were small but with a great mattress (and having slept on some of the rock-hard mattresses in China, this is a big deal). And the BATHROOM! Ah, I could've spent the week in there: all marble, with lush towels and fabulous freebie soaps and shampoos. The hotel also had a terrific pool with a wrap-ar...Read More

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JW Marriott Chongqing
77 Qing Nian Rd Yu Zhong Distr
Chongqing, China 400010
011-8623-6388-8888

Three Gorges Project Museum Photo, Chongqing, China
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You can't be in China for long, particularly Chongqing, and not hear about the Three Gorges Dam project. Started in 1993 and not expected to be completed until 2009, it will be the largest dam in the world. The downside to the benefits of the hydroelectric power, sadly, will be the submersion of whole cities, cultural relics, and the displacement of over 1 million people. To be honest, I expected to find the Three Gorges Museum very dry and that I would want to flee at the earliest opportunity. It was a very pleasant surprise then to find the museum so charming and the guides so entertaining. The crux of the museum is a 100m mural painting by Liu Zuozhong that took him over 2 years to comple...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 5, 2006

Three Gorges Project Museum
Chungking
Chongqing

Tea Ceremony

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Attraction

Tea Ceremony Photo, Chongqing, China
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Do you ever go into a situation expecting one thing and having something utterly different happen? This was one of those times. I think I expected what a Japanese tea ceremony might be like (I can't say for certain, having never experienced a Japanese tea ceremony): quiet serenity and an elaborate ritual of pouring tea in cups from a tea pot with a long spout. This was nothing like that: much less elegant but a lot more fun.Our group sat at a long table (with all our newly adopted daughters in tow), glass canisters of tea pods, plates of crackers, and yellow oval tubules facing us. The yellow things ended up being candied olives, which were very tasty indeed, slightly chewy, sweet, with no o...Read More

Member Rating 4 out of 5 on February 8, 2006

Tea Ceremony
Chongqing, next to Three Gorges Project Museum
Chongqing

Shopping in Chongqing

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Commercial Shopping District Photo, Chongqing, China
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Since we stayed at the JW Marriott, we were within walking distance of the Liberation Monument area, a prosperous commercial district. Our favorite stores were a bookstore that covered five floors and had a large children's section as well as bestsellers such as Harry Potter in Chinese. It also had an electronics section with every form of digital camera and MP3 player you could imagine. We ended up buying maps of the area, scads of children's picture books, and a Chinese-English dictionary for about $8. Directly across the street from the bookstore was a department store with everything you'd expect to find at a Macy's or Nordstrom. It even had a roomful of massage chairs, a welcome respite for my...Read More

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