Chongqing's underground world

China Daily | Updated: 2023-12-25 09:41
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People dine at a hotpot restaurant operating underground in a cave in Chongqing on Nov 8, 2023. [Photo by Liu Song/For China Daily]

At the end of 2018, the Chongqing municipal office for national defense mobilization initiated a special project aimed at upgrading and repurposing the air-raid shelters. By integrating the protection and utilization of the shelters, Chongqing has empowered its residents with a new cultural and lifestyle experience.

Many of the shelters have been transformed into hotpot restaurants, educational centers, museums, convenient passageways, bookstores, art spaces and other facilities, becoming an important force for the benefit of the city's residents and making positive contributions to serving the people and the city.

The air-raid shelters hold a special place in the hearts of Chongqing people, evoking a sense of familiarity and uniqueness. With the thriving development of tourism in Chongqing, an increasing number of visitors are drawn to explore the city's special charm. Formerly dark and damp air-raid shelters have been transformed and given new life, becoming distinctive landmarks and popular attractions for tourists visiting the city.

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