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Liberation Monument
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:40:35 AM

YZ 01 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Liberation Monument, the centerpiece of Liberation Square in Jiefengbei, was originally built by the Guo Min Government during the war. In those days it resembled a gun turret with a flagpole on top and stood almost three stories tall.

After the war it was remodeled to celebrate China’s victory against the Japanese in World War Two and later named Liberation Monument. The octagonal tower with four clock faces has internal stairs, stands 27.5 meters high and today is dwarfed by the buildings surrounding it on all sides.

By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:42:19 AM

YZ 02 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Just a short distance from the Liberation Monument are two small but active Temples. To the east is the Ar Hat or Luo Han Temple, just opposite the Carrefour. The other small Temple has been well hidden away on Zhong Hua Lu near the corner of Min Quan Lu.

Hong Ya Dong by Day
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 10:01:39 AM

YZ 03 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Red Cliff Cave - The latest attraction in Chongqing

Recently constructed using the style of traditional local buildings, this comprehensive entertainment complex has something for everyone. Spread over 13 levels it flows down the steep southern bank of the Jialing Jiang just beneath the Cable Car and is serviced by both elevators and escalators with parking in the basement and access from both the top and bottom levels. It now offers hotel accommodation, a Folk Culture Theatre, restaurants, cafes, bars and a night bazaar, art galleries, crafts and local food. Watch artist and silk weavers at work in their studios.

In the evenings it is quite a sight with its soft fairy lights ablaze above the waters of the river. Not to be missed especially if you’re interested in shopping but are limited for time.

The Jialing Jiang Cable Car is across the street Y2

Chao Tian Men and the Docks
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:43:13 AM

YZ 04 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Originally built during the Ming Dynasty when Nanjing was the capital and the Emperor considered the envoy of God, Chao Tian Men – Facing Heaven Gate, faces the east down river towards the old capital. Once the cities most prominent, the original old gate was removed in the1920’s to make way for upgrading of the docks and the modern replica is a little hidden beneath the viewing plaza.

The new City Planning Museum, open to the public (Y20) with displays of the ongoing redevelopment of the city is also located beneath the plaza.

Chao Tian Men is a short walk from either the Clock tower or Hong Ya Dong

Dong Shui Men and Huguang Huiguan
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:44:52 AM

YZ 05
YZ 06 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Following the river from Chao Tian Men along Chang Jiang Bin Jiang Lu overlooking the docks and floating restaurants you’ll come across the small and most intact of the city gates, Dong Shui Men or East Water Gate. All around the gate, carved into the cliff face so high above today’s water level, can be seen the mooring fastenings where countless craft have moored while loading and unloading their wares. In the car park beneath the flyover stand three huge stone stele. Just to the left of the gate is the magnificently restored Huguang Huiguan.

Huguang Huiguan or Guild Hall (Y30) with it’s high walls and tiled roofs, flying eaves and exquisite wood carvings is a collection of Guild Halls built by Chongqing Governors and Merchant Trading groups from other regions of southern China. It contains several local Opera Theatres, a small museum and art galleries and it’s easy to lose a couple of hours wandering through it.

Outside the complex is a workshop and gallery showcasing local silk embroidery, quilt making and carpet weaving. (Entry is free).

Chu Qi Men
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:47:02 AM

YZ 07 Walking Tour Of the Walled City

Chu Qi Men is an unusual gate with seven arches at the top of a long flight of stairs. It can be approached from both the top and bottom but neither is easy to find.

Walk from Wang Long Men outside Huguang Huiguan climbing the hill to Jiefeng Dong Lu. There are two alleyways offering close up views of daily life of these inner city residents. One follows the compound wall and the other continues past the Silk Embroidery gallery.

Once on Jiefang Dong Lu, head west to Chu Qi Men which was a significant gate in the city wall. All but one of he arches are blocked up these days.

An elevator nearby takes the hard work out of this climb up to the Chongqing Daily Newspaper offices on the corner of Xinhua Lu.

A short distance down the street is a small disused but interestingly overgrown temple.

Continue on to Jiao Cheng Kou via the wartime bunker at the end of Ba Yi Lu

Eighteen Stair Teahouse, Mosque and Antique Markets
By JABAROOTOO | 6/27/2007 9:45:38 AM

YZ 08
YZ 09 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Located on Zhong Xing Lu in Jiao Cheng Kou, the Eighteen Stair Teahouse, Mosque and Antique Markets are an interesting mix of sites. The quaint old traditional teahouse and storefront sits precariously on another steep slope above an interesting pocket of town. You can sit awhile and sip tea as you soak up the atmosphere or pay Y5 to wander around this little museum full of collectables, photos and letters with a French connection dating back to the turn of the last century.

Just down the street are the Mosque and a bakery where you can buy the savory Hui style bread.

A little further down the street are the Antique Markets in a building that sells second hand electrical and white goods although many of the stallholders have moved from here to the new facilities near the People’s Great Hall. The entrance to the Di San Bu Dao is at the bottom right hand side of the street.

Di San Bu Dao
By JABAROOTOO | 12/18/2011 5:59:32 AM

YZ 10 Walking Tour of the Walled City

Shibanpo district has since been demolished and half of this stretch of the walk is now closed for the time being.

At the bottom of Zhong Xing Lu on the right near Nan Ji Men is the entrance to the Di San Bu Dao, a collection of old pathways and a new boardwalk through the timber and bamboo pole homes that hug the cliffs above the river to Shibanpo perched above the access tunnels to the Chang Jiang Bridge. Residents here still cook over wood fires, share communal toilets and bath outside their tiny, often one or two room homes. This is a side of Chongqing that very few see, even the Chongqing locals.

In 1902 the French built a hospital, a church and a respite center some of which is currently used as an old people’s home by the local church community who still worship in the old building. During the war government officials, warlords and merchants who flocked to the city built mansions overlooking the original airfield on the island in the river.

The locals are friendly and inquisitive, as happy to answer questions, as they are to ask them. On most days you can find millions of chopsticks drying in the sun as they pass through the Quality Control workshop hidden back up a narrow stairway. The boardwalk passes by another remnant of the city wall and what is left of Jin Tang Men, most of which is long since gone and emerges on Xing Long Jie

Sadly these sites have all disappeared from this area of the city

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