Chaotianmen Dock ​- large, natural scenic area within Chongqing

Last Update: 23rd October 2020

The Chaotianmen Dock is the spot where tourists take the Yangtze River and Jialing River Day and Night Cruises in Chongqing. The dock is locate at the confluence of the two rivers. At early summer and mid-autumn, the isabelline water in the Yangtze River and aquamarine water in the Jialing River meet at the dock, creating an stunning picture.

Chaotianmen Dock Fast Facts
  • Chinese Name: Chaotianmen Matou (朝天门码头)
  • Location: the confluence of Yangtze River and Jialing River
  • Things to do there: Cruise, Hiking, Photography
  • Who visits: Adventurers, Photographers
  • Time required: 1 – 2 x hours
What to expect at Chaotianmen Dock

Originally built in the Warring States Period (475 BC – 221 BC), Chaotianmen Dock is the dock where the Yangtze River and Jialing River Day and Night Cruises ships berth in Chongqing. Standing at the dock, you will see old buildings with hanging feet in Chongqing style along the rivers.


Chaotianmen Dock is the oldest natural slope dock in Chongqing. You can just explore the night views along the rivers with your feet. Alternatively, you can enjoy the Yangtze River and Jialing River Day or Night Cruises on the rivers as well.

Best time to visit the Chaotianmen Dock

The best time to visit Chaotianmen Dock is at night.


The best months to visit are from May to September.


How to get to Chaotianmen Dock

There are a few buses to Chaotianmen Dock from Chongqing City. Thus, there are several options.

  • Rent a vehicle to the dock from Chongqing City. This is the quickest and most direct option.
  • Take the Bused of Night View No. T086 (t086路夜景线), Chaotianmen to Yangren Road Ferry (朝天门至洋人街轮渡) or Line No. 1 of Sightseeing Ferry (观光轮渡1号线) to the dock.
Additional Chaotianmen Dock Travel Advice
  • Opening hours: 24 hours
  • As at 23rd October 2020, tourists can visit the dock for free.
  • If you are planning to visit the dock in the daytime, it is suggested that you bring an umbrella and sunglasses with you.
  • Please take enough drinking water and food with you.
Interested in visiting the Chaotianmen Dock on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including Chaotianmen Dock, among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.