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Chongqing in April 2012

In April 2012, I made my triumphant return to Chongqing, China, some 6 years after my previous visit (which is also documented through a photo gallery on this website). The city is huge - 35 million people - and ever changing; I barely recognised many places since my previous visit. This time, the weather was warm without being unpleasant, and we got to see a whole lot more of the city.

We visited the Three Gorges museum, the People's Square of Chongqing, Ciqikou Old Town, Eling Park, Jiefangbei Square, Hong Ya Dong, and the Diaoyu Fortress; the city seemed so much more modern than last time, and we had a fantastic time, including a trip to a tiny restaurant by the side of a road that served me the most enjoyable food I've ever had in China. An excellent visit, and it is well worth contrasting the photos below with the ones I took in 2006 to see the difference.

The lobby of the Jinke Grand hotel as we arrived at 3am due to flight problems
The lobby of the Jinke Grand hotel as we arrived at 3am due to flight problems
Elderly people exercising every morning at the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
Elderly people exercising every morning at the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
The People's Square of Chongqing on a rainy morning
The People's Square of Chongqing on a rainy morning
Crowds in the People's Square of Chongqing
Crowds in the People's Square of Chongqing
The Three Gorges Museum, in the People's Square of Chongqing
The Three Gorges Museum, in the People's Square of Chongqing
Me standing in the People's Square of Chongqing
Me standing in the People's Square of Chongqing
Three martial artists posing outside the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Three martial artists posing outside the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Lobby ceiling in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Lobby ceiling in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Bronze sculptures in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Bronze sculptures in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Stone statue with real hair in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Stone statue with real hair in the Three Gorges Museum, Chongqing
Me standing in front of a photo of Chongqing at night
Me standing in front of a photo of Chongqing at night
Statue of what looks like a warrior, against bright background. Chongqing.
Statue of what looks like a warrior, against bright background. Chongqing.
A corridor filled with a bronze sculpture of trapped people. Three Gorges Museum.
A corridor filled with a bronze sculpture of trapped people. Three Gorges Museum.
Bronze sculpture of people trying to escape through a door. Three Gorges Museum
Bronze sculpture of people trying to escape through a door. Three Gorges Museum
Looking towards the Chongqing Civic Center from the Three Gorges Museum
Looking towards the Chongqing Civic Center from the Three Gorges Museum
The Chongqing Civic Center (aka Municipal Building)
The Chongqing Civic Center (aka Municipal Building)
Ornate gate in the People's Square of Chongqing
Ornate gate in the People's Square of Chongqing
Our hotel - the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
Our hotel - the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
My ornate room in the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
My ornate room in the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
The swimming pool at the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
The swimming pool at the Jinke Grand Hotel, Chongqing
Statue of a red horse, in Chongqing
Statue of a red horse, in Chongqing
People outside my favourite restaurant in China, in Chongqing
People outside my favourite restaurant in China, in Chongqing
A pineapple seller next to a plastic surgery advert, in downtown Chongqing
A pineapple seller next to a plastic surgery advert, in downtown Chongqing
Chinese snacks for sale in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Chinese snacks for sale in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Crowds shopping in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Crowds shopping in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Sunbathers on a sandbank on the Jialing River, near Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Sunbathers on a sandbank on the Jialing River, near Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
A raised highway with people on the sand beyond. Jialing River, Ciqikou, Chongqing
A raised highway with people on the sand beyond. Jialing River, Ciqikou, Chongqing
Two men threshing with hammers, in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
Two men threshing with hammers, in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
More crowded streets in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
More crowded streets in Ciqikou Old Town, Chongqing
A pineapple seller amused by my height. In Ciqikou, Chongqing.
A pineapple seller amused by my height. In Ciqikou, Chongqing.
Me in the sun in Eling Park, Chongqing
Me in the sun in Eling Park, Chongqing
The view of downtown Chongqing from Eling Park
The view of downtown Chongqing from Eling Park
Me standing in front of the Chongqing skyline, in Eling Park.
Me standing in front of the Chongqing skyline, in Eling Park.
Zoomed-in view of cars driving on Jialingjiang Binjiang Road, Chongqing
Zoomed-in view of cars driving on Jialingjiang Binjiang Road, Chongqing
Cosplay in China, in Eling Park, Chongqing
Cosplay in China, in Eling Park, Chongqing
Old apartments seen from the Overlook Tower (Liangjiang Pavilion), Chongqing
Old apartments seen from the Overlook Tower (Liangjiang Pavilion), Chongqing
A mobile fruit seller in Chongqing
A mobile fruit seller in Chongqing
Shops and skyscrapers in Jiefangbei Square, downtown Chongqing.
Shops and skyscrapers in Jiefangbei Square, downtown Chongqing.
Me standing in Jiefangbei Square, Chongqing
Me standing in Jiefangbei Square, Chongqing
Crowds of people in front of a Gucci advet. In Jiefangbei Square, Chongqing.
Crowds of people in front of a Gucci advet. In Jiefangbei Square, Chongqing.
Skyscrapers in downtown Chongqing, as seen from Jiefangbei Square
Skyscrapers in downtown Chongqing, as seen from Jiefangbei Square
The Jiefangbei Square Clock Tower in Chongqing
The Jiefangbei Square Clock Tower in Chongqing
Roof-top gardens in downtown Chongqing
Roof-top gardens in downtown Chongqing
An older apartment block in downtown Chongqing
An older apartment block in downtown Chongqing
People looking out over the Jialing River, in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
People looking out over the Jialing River, in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
The Pirate Ship restaurant in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
The Pirate Ship restaurant in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
Cramped looking apartment buildings in Chongqing
Cramped looking apartment buildings in Chongqing
Close-up of some apartments in downtown Chongqing
Close-up of some apartments in downtown Chongqing
The pirate ship restaurant in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
The pirate ship restaurant in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
A crowded passage with shops on either side. Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing.
A crowded passage with shops on either side. Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing.
A busy indoor shopping area in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
A busy indoor shopping area in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
A view of the outside of Hong Ya Dong (Red Cliff Cave) in downtown Chongqing
A view of the outside of Hong Ya Dong (Red Cliff Cave) in downtown Chongqing
This was the setting for a formal dinner I had in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
This was the setting for a formal dinner I had in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing
Another view of Hong Ya Dong, in Chongqing. Note the pirate ship.
Another view of Hong Ya Dong, in Chongqing. Note the pirate ship.
Hong Ya Dong illuminated at night, in downtown Chongqing.
Hong Ya Dong illuminated at night, in downtown Chongqing.
Two illuminated boats at night, on the Jialing River, in Chongqing.
Two illuminated boats at night, on the Jialing River, in Chongqing.
Another area of Hong Ya Dong illuminated at night. In downtown Chongqing.
Another area of Hong Ya Dong illuminated at night. In downtown Chongqing.
Me in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing, at night.
Me in Hong Ya Dong, Chongqing, at night.
Close-up of some dirty apartments in Chongqing.
Close-up of some dirty apartments in Chongqing.
Me next to a pool at Diaoyu (Diao Yu) fortress in Chongqing
Me next to a pool at Diaoyu (Diao Yu) fortress in Chongqing
Wooden ramparts overlooking the river at Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
Wooden ramparts overlooking the river at Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
Trees and mist, at the top of Diaoyu (Diao Yu) fortress, Chongqing
Trees and mist, at the top of Diaoyu (Diao Yu) fortress, Chongqing
A ship sailing through the mist, at Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
A ship sailing through the mist, at Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
A Buddha statue in a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A Buddha statue in a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
Statues inside a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
Statues inside a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
More statues inside a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
More statues inside a temple at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
Water lillies in a pond at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Water lillies in a pond at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
More water lillies in a pond at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
More water lillies in a pond at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
The roof of a temple at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
The roof of a temple at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Buddhist rock carvings at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Buddhist rock carvings at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Thousands of tiny Buddhas carved into a wall. Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
Thousands of tiny Buddhas carved into a wall. Diaoyu fortress, Chongqing
Stone carving of Buddha, supported by sticks. Diao Yu Fortress, Chongqing.
Stone carving of Buddha, supported by sticks. Diao Yu Fortress, Chongqing.
Me in front of poetry at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Me in front of poetry at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
Walking up a steep path at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
Walking up a steep path at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A stone carving of a warrior, at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A stone carving of a warrior, at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A tiny farm restaurant at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
A tiny farm restaurant at Diaoyu Fortress and Fishing Town, Chongqing
The view of nearby fields from Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
The view of nearby fields from Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A tree connected to an IV drip. At Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing.
A tree connected to an IV drip. At Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing.
Looking down at the river from the Diaoyu Fortress ramparts. Chongqing.
Looking down at the river from the Diaoyu Fortress ramparts. Chongqing.
An iris blooming at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
An iris blooming at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A sculpture of a court scene, at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
A sculpture of a court scene, at Diaoyu Fortress, Chongqing
Sculpture of a family. I am not sure what the story is. Diaoyu, Chongqing.
Sculpture of a family. I am not sure what the story is. Diaoyu, Chongqing.
A peaceful building in Diaoyu, Chongqing.
A peaceful building in Diaoyu, Chongqing.
A street scene on the outskirts of Chongqing.
A street scene on the outskirts of Chongqing.
Flying back home aboard an Air France flight.
Flying back home aboard an Air France flight.
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