Weather: It is often cool, drizzly and cloudy. The average temperatures range from 17 °C (63 °F) during the day to 12 °C (54 °F) at night. On sunny days, it might feel warm, but it is usually mostly cloudy.
Rain falls on 12 days of the month for a monthly total of 46 mm. This is much less than the summer, and rainfall isn't heavy. It is usually overcast, and there is smog.
Forecast: The weather is changeable, so stay abreast of the local weather forecast.
Air quality: moderately polluted.
Clothing: A jacket and rain gear are needed.
There is usually an 'Indian summer' period from the end of October to the middle of November during which it is warm with less rain. It is a time to go out and see the red leaves in the Lesser Three Gorges, Wulong Karst, Shaping Park and other city parks.
The Lesser Three Gorges: This is called a "must see" by many tourists. The cold nights add reds, browns, and yellows to the verdant green of the canyon walls. The emerald green color of the river contrasts with the muddy brown water of the Yangtze. It makes for an interesting half-day side trip before or after a Yangtze cruise.
Ciqikou Old Town: This favorite tourist shopping area has old architecture that dates from the era when it was a porcelain manufacturing and merchant center. You can shop for porcelain, silver, tea, souvenirs, and other Chinese products.
Wulong Karst: This famed World Heritage listed park is four hours from Chongqing. Early fall is a good time to hike there. There are large caves and three natural stone bridges averaging 200 meters high and 200 meters wide.
Chongqing Zoo has a fine group of pandas, both the big black and white ones and the cat-like playful red pandas, and other exotic creatures in a large park.
The low travel season begins in November and the city is less crowded this month. Good discounts on hotel rooms and flights are easy to get. You can save a lot of money by traveling in November.
Chongqing is one of several cities with 72-hour visa free visits. This means you can tour the large city region without a visa and save money and time.
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