This scenic southwestern Chinese city has plenty to offer gourmands, nature lovers and music fans alike

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Chongqing has a lively homegrown music scene and one of the best places to check out local talent is Nuts Live House. Indie bands play here most weekends, and the venue regularly hosts international acts, too.

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For luxury stays, it’s hard to do better than Bolian Resorts & Spa. Surrounded by lush greenery all around, the 31 expansive rooms here all come with their own private outdoor hot spring – perfect for relaxing in after a day out exploring the city.

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Replicas of the city’s old stilt houses lend a historic feel to the Hongyadong complex, a great area to take in views of the Jialing River. There are also ample food choices here – buy a few skewers of ma la chuan (skewers with a spicy numbing sauce) to snack on or sit down for a proper Beijing roast duck feast at Quanjude restaurant.

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Parklife in Chongqing

Sales supervisor Jasmine Mei recommends three spots to commune with nature

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“Not only is Eling Park home to hundreds of plant species, the lookout point also has amazing city views.”

 

“Picturesque Wulong Mountain Forest Park  is home to natural wonders like limestone karst bridges.”

 

“Put on comfortable shoes for the 345m ascent up Pipashan Park, the highest point in the city.”