Weather: Spring comes early in Chongqing with an average high temperature of almost 17 °C (63 °F) and an average low of 11 °C (52 °F) in March. The temperature rises rapidly, but sometimes drops again. It might freeze some nights still. Rain falls on 12 days for an average of 36 mm.
March is the time for everything to be freshly green again. During this month, the flowers begin to blossom and the trees turn green.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast>>
Air quality: Moderately polluted.
Clothing: Take rain gear, a light overcoat, and lighter clothing.
The Lesser Three Gorges are good in March. Both the water and the landscape are green. The canyon walls tower above, and the scenery is quite different than the Three Gorges.
Ronghui Hot Springs: This hot springs spa/resort is one of Chongqing's favorite tourist attractions. It is best to visit during cool or cold weather. It is easy to go to in the city. Snacks, meals, Chinese herbal teas and comparatively low prices help to make your visit be enjoyable. Visit on weekdays and after 10 am to avoid crowds.
Ciqikou Old Town: The number one shopping area for enjoyment and sightseeing is Ciqikou. This former city center has kept intact much of the old buildings and habitations. Tourists especially like the local spicy hot snacks and yoghurt. Silver jewelry is of good quality. To avoid crowds, go on weekdays.
Wulong Karst: There is a famed natural park with large caves and three natural stone bridges about four hours from Chongqing. The three arches average 200 meters high and 200 meters wide. March is a good time to go for hiking and touring while it is cool, there is little rain, and fewer tourists.
Before the peak travel season starts, flight tickets are moderately priced and there is less crowding. Hotel rooms and train tickets might be more readily available too.
Chongqing has 72-hour visa free visits. This means you can tour without a visa.
Our 11-Day Yangtze River Cruise and China's Highlights Tour: Take advantage of low tourist season prices during a grand tour of the Yangtze, Chongqing, Xi'an and Beijing. We can modify this tour for the Lessor Three Gorges or other excursions.