The Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport serves the city of Chongqing – one of 5 national central cities in China – located in the southwestern region of the country. It has 2 terminals – one for domestic flights and the other for international – and is one of the busiest airports in China, handling more than 25 million people yearly. Jiangbei Airport was considered 2nd place in the Airports Council International’s ‘Best Airport in the 15-25 Million Passenger Size’ award, and also received a separate award as for Best Improvement in Asia Pacific.
Chongqing Jiangbei International is located some 20km north of the city of Chongqing in Lianglu Town of the Yubei District, and offers various means of public transportation for passengers to make the journey there. Passengers can take Line 3 of the light rail which connects to the main subway line of Chongqing, or take a shuttle or city bus downtown. Shuttle buses can be found at Terminal 2 and leave in half-hour intervals, whilst the city buses offer cheaper fares but can get rather crowded.
Once in Chongqing, public transportation is even easier. With nearly 300 bus lines, there’s almost nowhere you can’t get with a city bus – though it would be wise to avoid them during peak hours as they can get rather jam-packed. The fares are also extremely affordable, at about CNY1-2 per ride.
What to see and do
Chongqing is a beautiful city blessed with geologic wonders in the form of the longest river in China, stunning gorges, an unusual karst region, grottoes and more. One of the top attractions of the city, you cannot miss the Yangtze Three Gorges if you are in Chongqing. So named because it is the site through which the Yangtze flows through Chongqing, the entire area is classified as a AAAAA scenic area by the Chinese, which is the highest level of classification and should give you an idea how the locals feel about it. On top of the 3 Gorges (cutely named Qutang Gorge, Wu Gorge and Xiling Gorge), there is the huge, imposing Three Gorges Dam – the world’s largest power station – to look at. Not only an important source of hydroelectricity for China, the mighty Dam also helps reduce the potential for floods downstream.
Next, don’t miss the Wulong Karst region, another breathtakingly gorgeous scenic spot and UNESCO-classified World Heritage Site. The entire region covers 3 karst systems and involves weathered karst hills, cliffs, gorges, caves, subterranean streams, natural bridges and more. On top of boasting a sort of rugged, unusual type of beauty, the stunning Wulong Karst region is also great for hiking. Fun fact – this was the site at which much of the Hollywood blocker Transformers 4 – Age of Extinction was filmed!
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