Chongqing - Essential Information
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Passport / Visa

Chongqing is one of the Chinese cities that supports the 72-hour transit visa on arrival program, which means that selected nationalities (all citizens of the European Union, as well as several other countries including Albania, Argentina, Australia, Belarus, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Iceland, Japan, Macedonia, Mexico, Monaco, Montenegro, New Zealand, Qatar, Russia, South Korea, Switzerland, Ukraine, and United States) are eligible for a transit visa. For longer stays, a visa must be pre-arranged in advance, so consult your local embassy for details. You must bring your passport at all times and all hotels will insist on seeing it for check-in. It is now mandatory to present your passport when buying train tickets; you will also need it for using internet cafes that accept foreigners. The Chinese government requires that your passport must be valid for at least six months when entering the country. You will need at least one entire blank page in your passport for the visa. Take an ID card with your photo in case you lose your passport and make photocopies of your passport as your embassy may need these before issuing a new one in case of loss. You must report the loss to the local Public Security Bureau (PSB), which will issue you with a 'Statement of Loss of Passport'. Long-stay visitors should register their passport with their nation's embassy.
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Public Transport

The two main railway stations are Caiyuan Dam Railway Station and North Station, which are in the area of Longtou temple, on the north bank of the Yangtze River. The main public transport systems of urban Chongqing are the bus and light rail transit networks. Most buses run between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM (some run until 1:00 AM). Light rail transit runs between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Phone: +86 23 6800 2222 There are also more quirky ways of getting around Chongqing. For example, taking a cable car ropeway, which is the first cross-river one in China and a handy and scenic way to get across the Jialing River. The rope ways run between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. The Crown Staircase connects the Caiyuan Dam and Lianglu Kou. The Kaixuan Road elevator connects Kaixuan Road and Jiaochang Kou. The running time is between 6:30 AM - 10:00 PM. Address: Caiyuan Dam, Yuzhong Phone: +86 23 6168 1111
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Post

Post offices are scattered around Chonqing. Chongqing Post Kaixian Branch Address: No.59 Neixi Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 5222 6339 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Yipin Branch Address: Yipin Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 6648 0077 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Jinji Branch Address: Jinji Town, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 5468 0031 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Chongqing Post Jiangjin Branch Address: No.9 Qixian Street, Chongqing Tel: +86 23 4753 0811 Opening Time: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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