We're flying from SFO to Chongqing (award ticket, can't change the destination). Therefore, we will spend the first few days in Chongqing and environs, go to Chengdu, and then on to Shanghai (after that, we have a flight to Japan on March 31 to continue our monthlong trip).
Much to my dismay, most itineraries I've found online start in Chengdu and go to Chongqing next. I suppose we'll just have to do it backwards!
At first I thought we might do a day cruise on the legendary Yangtze river, but found out that they are all minimum 4 days and we don't want to spend all of our time on a boat. So I think that's out. I suppose we'll go to the 3 Gorges Museum instead, LOL.
How would you suggest dividing up our time in the 3 places? We always like to see the major highlights of any place, but also like to get a good feel for the culture and the food by wandering around and visiting less-visited places, as well. I'm also not sure how to get from Chongqing to Chengdu. Is there a good train? We've had pleasant experiences in the past with trains in China.
BTW, my husband speaks some Mandarin and this is not our first trip to China -- just our first trip to this region.
Thanks for any advice you can offer!