Chemical kinetics govern the dynamics of chemical systems leading towards chemical equilibrium. There are several general properties of the dynamics of chemical reactions such as the existence of disparate time scales and the fact that most time scales are dissipative. This causes a transient relaxation to lower dimensional attracting manifolds in composition space. In this work, we discuss this behavior and investigate how a time reversal effects this behavior. For this, both macroscopic chemical systems as well as microscopic chemical systems (elementary reactions) are considered.