Chongqing Layover Guide (CKG)

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Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) is an international airport in Chongqing, China. It is located 19 kilometers (12 miles) north of Chongqing’s city center. It was opened in 1990 in the Yubei District, Chongqing, People’s Republic of China. Chongqing Jiangbei is known as a “mountain city” and is well-known for its historical, cultural, and natural wonders.

Can you leave Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) airport during a layover? Do you need a visa?
It's possible to leave the airport but you will require vise beforehand. (more info).

Tours, Things to do, Sightseeing

China Organized Tours

Wulong Private Day Exploration Tour

Wulong County was discovered in May 1993 and is known for its limestone cave, which attracts many visitors. It’s also an artistic underground palace, a scientific cavern museum, and China’s only World Natural Heritage nomination to date. The main limestone is 2,700 meters long, which is quite long. After that, drive 30 minutes to the Xiannüshan tourist center to board a special tourist bus to the Natural Stone Bridges Scenic Area. The location features three massive natural stone bridges that span two karst dolines, as the name implies. Tianlong, Qinglong, and Heilong are the names of the three grand arch bridges. » book this tour

Victoria Selina – Chongqing to Yichang 4 Day Tour

The Victoria Selina’s elegantly appointed cabins and suites have imported marble bathrooms, original Shanghainese cotton bedspreads and pillowcases, and private balconies with views of the canyons. Passengers sail in comfort as they take in the landscape, natural history, and culture of the Yangtze, with sky blue illumination beaming from the periphery of high ceilings, private balconies, and magnificent decor throughout the ship’s interior. Professional, multilingual Western cruise directors and well-trained local employees are on board all Victoria Star voyages. » book this tour

Full-Day Private Tour Dazu Rock Carvings

This is where the incredible Dazu rock sculptures were first created. The Dazu cliffside carvings are found at Beishan, Baodingshan, Nanshan, Shimenshan, and Shizhuanshan, and have a Buddhist theme. The day will be spent viewing the Baodingshan sculptures, which are positioned 527 meters above sea level. The Dafowan rock carvings area and the Xiaofowan rock carvings area make up most of it. The 500-meter cliff in the U-shaped Dafowan has over 10,000 Buddha figurines carved into it. It’s described as a long narrative mural with a lot of commentary but no repetitive content. » book this tour

China Things to do / Sightseeing

Hongya Cave

Hongya Cave, which dates back over 2,300 years, was formerly a large-scale stilt housing complex that operated as a military bastion. It was constructed on a cliff overlooking the Yangtze River. It is now a popular historical sight for tourists to see a form of Chinese ethnic culture, Bayu Culture, which is located not far from the Jiefangbei CBD. Four cultural streets make up the entire complex: Zhiyanhe Bar Street is lined with fine bars, Tianchengxiang Bayu Culture Street is lined with ancient buildings and delicate handcrafts, and Banquet Street is lined with banquet halls.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 26 minutes via Private transport.

Ci Qi Kou Old Town

Visiting Ci Qi Kou Old Town should be on everyone’s Chongqing bucket list. Ci Qi Kou is the city’s closest old town, making it a popular leisure destination for locals and tourists. Hundreds of years ago, it was a harbor. You may now observe antique buildings in the Ming and Qing Dynasties style while roaming through the old town (1368-1911). Tea houses and snack shops surround the streets, where you may sample genuine cuisine and learn about the tea culture.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 26 minutes via Private transport.

Dazu Rock Carvings

Dazu Rock Carvings, which is the overall name for all of the Buddhism carvings in Dazu district, is a must-see in Chongqing. Because of their size and comprehensiveness, Beishan Rock Carving and Baodingshan Rock Carving are the most popular. You can admire the statues of Samantabhadra Bodhisattva as well as carvings of traditional stories from Buddhist sutras such as the Wheel of Life.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 26 minutes via Private transport.

Yangtze River Cableway

The Yangtze River Cableway is a unique model of transportation that allows locals to cross the Yangtze River. It has, nevertheless, become one of the top things to do in Chongqing for both domestic and international tourists. The cable car has been operating since the 1980s and has a total length of approximately 1,166 meters. In some ways, it’s a city symbol, and you can get a different picture of it in just 4 minutes. Furthermore, riding the cable car at night for a spectacular perspective of the city will be a once-in-a-lifetime event.

Time required: 2 to 3 hours.

Airport to here: 27 minutes via Private transport.

Bayi Food Street

Trying numerous local snacks in Bayi Food Street, which is just a few minutes’ walk from the Jiefangbei CBD’s central landmark, is one of the top things to do in Chongqing for foodies. Dan Dan hot noodles, delicious Shancheng Small Glutinous Rice Balls, and the most famous Hot and Sour Rice Noodles are all must-tries. It’s a foodie’s dream come true for spicy food lovers.

Time required: 1 to 2 hours.

Airport to here: 27 minutes via Private transport.

Chaotianmen Night Cruise

Chongqing is situated where the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers meet. “If you don’t take a night cruise, you’ll never know the real Chongqing,” says an adage. A night sail on the two rivers is undoubtedly one of the top ten things to do in Chongqing and will provide you with a completely different perspective. The Chaotianmen Dock is the starting point for the cruise journey. The journey is roughly 20 kilometers long, and along the route, you may learn about the immigrant culture that has developed through time as a result of repeated mass migration, as well as see a cluster of the historic Guild Hall Complex.

Time required: Half day to Full day.

Airport to here: 27 minutes via Private transport.

Ciqikou Ancient Town

One of the best things to do in Chongqing is to visit Ciqikou Ancient Town, which was once the apex of Chongqing. Ciqikou Ancient Town features 12 streets, with most of the structures built in the Ming or Qing architectural styles. Throughout the village, delicate specialized businesses featured snack stores, and old-style teahouses can be found. If you don’t like crowds, exit the main street and catch a shuttle from one of the little alleyways to return to old urban life. Walking along the rough stone road, with the red tile wall on one side and some typical handicraft shops on the other, makes you feel like you’re in a dream.

Time required: 3 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 29 minutes via Private transport.

Classic Sightseeing Yangtze River Cruise

Most passengers choose Chongqing as their starting point for a four-day, three-night Yangtze River cruise. The Yangtze River cruise is the most pleasant and gratifying way to admire the natural beauty of the Three Gorges, see the world-famous Three Gorges Dam, and learn about China’s history. The Yangtze River, the world’s third longest river, travels from west to east through 11 provinces and towns. Three Gorges is surely worth mentioning when it comes to Yangtze River highlights. With a total length of around 200 kilometers, the Three Gorges region is the cradle of Wu culture and a golden tourism waterway.

Time required: 3 hours to Half day.

Airport to here: 25 minutes via Private transport.

Things to Do in Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG)

Relaxing and Sleeping

Airport Lounges and Relaxing
There are various Airport lounges available at various terminals of the airport. » view all lounges or buy a lounge pass or membership online

Hotel and Sleeping
You will find many best hotels near or inside the Chongqing Airport (CKG). » view all or book an airport hotel online

Rest Area and Sleeping in Airport
There is no sleeping zone at the Chongqing Airport (CKG).

WIFI/Internet and SIM Card

WIFI/Internet: Free WiFi is available at the Chongqing Airport, connect to the Chinese Name: 重庆江北国际机场.

SIM Card: You can buy local China card SIM card by reaching the various shops at the Chongqing Airport. » buy a global sim card for China, Chongqing that you can use for other countries as well!

Transportation to/from airport

Taxi: Taxi services are available at the Chongqing Airport you can take a taxi at the designated cab rank outside of the airport.

Train: Chongqing Airport is connected to the city subway (light rail) by a couple of lines (more info).

Bus: Local bus service is available at the Chongqing Airport. (more info).

Shuttle: There is an Airport Shuttle Bus available at the Chongqing Airport (CKG).

Car rentals: Car rental services are available at Chongqing Airport from companies like Avis, Hertz, Ehi, and many more. » view available cars or rent a car now online

Parking: You can park your vehicles near Chongqing Airport. Prices of each type of vehicle may vary from each other.

Luggage Storage & Lockers

There is no facility of Luggage storage & Lockers available at the Chongqing Airport. » book a luggage storage or locker at Chongqing Jiangbei Airport (CKG) online (subject to availability).

Money Exchange and Withdrawal

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