Upon arrival, meet your private driver and guide in the arrivals hall, and set out on a guided tour enroute to your hotel. Starting with the Chongqing zoo, you will get to marvel at the exotic animals such as white tigers, elephants, and of course giant pandas. On an area covering 2 hectares, the pandas enjoy a comfortable environment to live and reproduce. This zoo has been the site of one of the few successful breeding programs for the pandas.
Afterwards, you will set out to Ciqikou, in western Chongqing. This pedestrian only area is a great meeting place for the locals, offering great food and shopping options. Now part of Chongqing, this old town was once a prominent market, trading and providing great cuisine since the Ming Dinasty. Enjoy shopping, trying the local food, and listening to traditional music in Ciqikou, a mirror into historic Chongqing.
Today is free at leisure to venture out and discover the different aspects of the city.
Marvel at the imposing skyscrapers and stop by a local restaurant for a taste of the traditional food. For the adventurous. set out to Chongqing South Mountain with its truly breathtaking views of the city landscape. Otherwise, proceed to cosmopolitan Jiefangbei Square and enjoy a few hours of shopping. After lunch, make your way to Hongya Cave, an 11-storey stilt house with over 2300 years of history. Explore each level with the various bars, restaurants, and cafés, and don't miss the stunning Hongya Dripping waterfall on the 2nd floor. At dusk, proceed to Qiansimen Bridge for the mesmerizing views of the city, lighting up the night sky.
Meet your private driver and guide in the hotel lobby and prepare to set out to the Golden Buddha Mountain, a nature reserve blessed with magnificent landscape, flora and fauna. Marvel at the towering rock formations and caves that transform the landscape into an idyllic setting. Finish with the iconic Dazu rock carvings, a UNESCO heritage site that stand tall since the Tang Dinasty, in 650 A.D. Continue to the airport and onto your next Avanti destination!(Breakfast, Chongqing)