What do caves and rivers have in common? They converge in the central part of one of China’s most vibrant cities, to create a travel, commercial and cultural area that is out of this world! Hongya Cave is not a cave at all but is a spirited hub of excitement upon stilts, symptomatic of the famous Bayu style of traditional architecture on wooden stilts. It sits at the junction where the two rivers Yangtze and Jialing meet, and is an easy, scenic stroll away from some fabulous Chongqing hotel apartments that are ideal to host visits to the city. A quality Chongqing serviced apartment can be found at the Somerset JieFangBei Chongquing with stylish interiors and modern amenities to make any city explorer feel at home. Honya Cave’s buildings rely on the mountains for support and form a charming line of local culture along the riverfront. Visitors can absorb the neat rows of the raised buildings, marvel at the Hongya Dripping waterfall, stroll through mountain towns and old streets, enjoy the Bayu culture and savour a warm mountainside meal in a simmering clay pot. Hongya Cave boasts a stunning vista of the rivers and is home to a trendy array of nightlife, entertainment and shopping spread through four main streets, where you can sample delicious food, purchase souvenirs and fashionable wear, relax and unwind at one of many unique bars, or take in a fantastic Bayu show. There is also an actual cave that you can walk through, located to the lower right of the impressive Hongya Gate, a recollection of the town’s military era of the early Ming dynasty, which was when Chongquing was founded. Visitors are able to appreciate the unique features of Bayu architecture, such as the old city walls, black tiles, aged doors and windows, bluestone roads and Diaojiaolou, which is a hillside house on stilts. The development combines all these elements to evoke old Chongqing, making Hongya Cave a cultural focal point of the city.