Administratively, it is one of the four municipalities
under the direct administration of the central government of the People's Republic of China
(the other three are Beijing
), and the only such municipality located deep inland.
The municipality of Chongqing, roughly the size of Austria, includes the city of Chongqing as well as various discontiguous cities. As the Chongqing municipality government directly administers the city of Chongqing and adjacent rural counties, as well as other cities not connected to the city of Chongqing, Chongqing municipality can technically claim to be the largest city proper
in the world, even though this is due to a classification technicality and not because it is actually the world's largest urban area, a title which belongs to the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macau Greater Bay Area
During the Republic of China
(ROC) administration, Chongqing was a municipality located within Sichuan
Province. As one of the world's antifascist command centers, it served as its wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War
(1937–1945). The current municipality was separated from Sichuan province on 14 March 1997 to help develop the central and western parts of China.
The Chongqing administrative municipality has a population of over 30 million.
The city of Chongqing, comprising 9 urban and suburban districts, has a population of 8,750,000 as of 2018.
According to the 2010 census, Chongqing is the most populous Chinese municipality,
and also the largest direct-controlled municipality in China, containing 26 districts, eight counties
, and four autonomous counties
The official abbreviation of the city, "Yú
), was approved by the State Council
on 18 April 1997.
This abbreviation is derived from the old name of a part of the Jialing River
that runs through Chongqing and feeds into the Yangtze River
Chongqing's location is historically associated with the State of Ba
. Its new capital was first called Jiangzhou (江州).
Jiangzhou subsequently remained under Qin Shi Huang
's rule during the Qin dynasty
, the successor of the Qin State, as well as the rule of Han dynasty
emperors. Jiangzhou was subsequently renamed during the Northern and Southern dynasties
to Chu Prefecture (楚州), then again in 581 AD (Sui dynasty
) to Yu Prefecture (渝州), and later in 1102 during Northern Song
to Gong Prefecture (恭州).
The name Yu however survives to this day as an abbreviation for Chongqing, as well as for the city's historic center, where the old town once stood; its name is Yuzhong (渝中, Central Yu).
It received its current name in 1189, after Prince Zhao Dun
of the Southern Song dynasty
described his crowning as king and then Emperor Guangzong as a "double celebration" (simplified Chinese
: 双重喜庆; traditional Chinese
: 雙重喜慶; pinyin
: shuāngchóng xǐqìng
, or chongqing
in short). To mark the occasion of his enthronement, Yu Prefecture was therefore converted to Chongqing Fu
In 1362, (Yuan dynasty
), Ming Yuzhen
, a peasant rebel leader, established the Daxia Kingdom (大夏) at Chongqing for a short time.
In 1621 (Ming dynasty
), another short-lived kingdom of Daliang
(大梁) was established by She Chongming (奢崇明) with Chongqing as its capital.
In 1644, after the fall of the Ming dynasty to a rebel army, Chongqing, together with the rest of Sichuan
, was captured by Zhang Xianzhong
, who was said to have massacred a large number of people in Sichuan and depopulated the province, in part by causing many people to flee to safety elsewhere. The Manchus
later conquered the province, and during the Qing dynasty
, immigration to Chongqing and Sichuan took place with the support of the Qing emperor.
In 1890, the British Consulate General was opened in Chongqing.
The following year, the city became the first inland commerce port open to foreigners.
From 1896 to 1904, the American, German, French, and Japanese consulates were opened in Chongqing.
Provisional wartime capital of the Republic of China
A street scene in Chongqing, c. 1944
During and after the Second Sino-Japanese War
, from Nov 1937 to May 1946, it was Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek
's provisional capital. Indeed, after the General and remaining army had lived there for a time following their retreat in 1938 from the previous capital of Wuhan
, it was formally declared the second capital city (pei du) on 6 September 1940.
After Britain, the United States, and other Allies entered the war in Asia in December 1941, one of the Allies' deputy commanders of operations in South East Asia (South East Asia Command SEAC), Joseph Stilwell
, was based in the city. This made it a city of world importance in the fight against Axis powers, together with London
and Washington, D.C.
The city was also visited by Lord Louis Mountbatten
, the Supreme Commander of SEAC which was itself headquartered in Ceylon, modern day Sri Lanka. Chiang Kai Shek as Supreme Commander in China worked closely with Stilwell.
From 1938 to 1943, the city suffered from continuously massive bombing
campaigns of the Imperial Japanese Navy
and Army Air Forces
; battles of which were fought entirely by the Chinese Air Force
squadrons and anti-aircraft artillery units.
Many lives were saved by the air-raid shelters which took the advantage of the mountainous terrain. Chongqing was acclaimed to be the “City of Heroes” due to the indomitable spirits of its people as well as their contributions and sacrifices during the War of Resistance-World War II
. Many factories and universities were relocated from eastern China and ultimately to Chongqing during years of setbacks in the war, transforming this city from inland port to a heavily industrialized city. In late November 1949, the Nationalist KMT government retreated from the city.
On 14 March 1997, the Eighth National People's Congress
decided to merge the Sub-provincial city
with adjacent Fuling
, and Qianjiang
prefectures that it had governed on behalf of the province since September 1996. The resulting single division became Chongqing Municipality, containing 30,020,000 people in forty-three former counties
(without intermediate political levels). The municipality became the spearhead of China's effort to develop its western regions and to coordinate the resettlement of residents from the reservoir areas of the Three Gorges Dam
project. Its first official ceremony took place on 18 June 1997. On 8 February 2010, Chongqing became one of the four National Central/Core cities
, the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin.
On 18 June 2010, Liangjiang New Area
was established in Chongqing, which is the third State-level new areas
at the time of its establishment.
Map including Chongqing (labeled as 重慶 CH'UNG-CH'ING (CHUNGKING)) (AMS
Physical geography and topography
Topography of Chongqing
Chongqing is situated at the transitional area between the Tibetan Plateau
and the plain on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River
in the sub-tropical
climate zone often swept by moist monsoons
. It often rains at night in late spring and early summer, and thus the city is famous for its "night rain in the Ba Mountains", as described by poems throughout Chinese history including the famous Written on a Rainy Night-A Letter to the North
by Li Shangyin
The municipality reaches a maximum width of 470 km (290 mi) from east to west, and a maximum length of 450 km (280 mi) from north to south.
It borders the following provinces: Hubei
in the east, Hunan
in the southeast, Guizhou
in the south, Sichuan
in the west and northwest, and Shaanxi
to the north in its northeast corner.
Chongqing covers a large area crisscrossed by rivers and mountains. The Daba Mountains
stand in the north, the Wu Mountains
in the east, the Wuling Mountains
in the southeast, and the Dalou Mountains
in the south. The whole area slopes down from north and south towards the Yangtze River valley
, with sharp rises and falls. The area is featured by a large geological massif
, of mountains and hills, with large sloping areas at different heights.
landscape is common in this area, and stone forests, numerous collections of peaks, limestone
caves and valleys can be found in many places. The Longshuixia Gap
(龙水峡地缝), with its natural arch-bridges
, has made the region a popular tourist attraction. The Yangtze River runs through the whole area from west to east, covering a course of 665 km (413 mi), cutting through the Wu Mountains at three places and forming the well-known Three Gorges
: the Qutang, the Wuxia and the Xiling gorges.
Coming from northwest and running through "the Jialing Lesser Three Gorges" of Libi, Wentang and Guanyin, the Jialing River
joins the Yangtze in Chongqing.
Leaving at dawn the White Emperor crowned with cloud,
I've sailed a thousand li through canyons in a day.
With the monkeys' adieus the riverbanks are loud,
My skiff has left ten thousand mountains far away.
The central urban area of Chongqing, or Chongqing proper, is a city of unique features. Built on mountains and partially surrounded by the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, it is known as a "mountain city" and a "city on rivers".
The night scene of the city is very illuminated, with millions of lights and their reflection on the rivers. With its special topographical
features, Chongqing has the unique scenery of mountains, rivers, forests, springs, waterfalls, gorges, and caves. Li Bai
, a famous poet of the Tang dynasty
, was inspired by the natural scenery and wrote this epigram
Zhongliang Mountains (中梁山) and Tongluo Mountains (铜锣山) roughly forms the eastern and western boundaries of Chongqing's urban area. The highest point in downtown is the top of Eling Hill, which is a smaller syncline hill that separates the Yangtze River and Jialing River. The elevation of Eling Hill is 379 m (1,243 ft). The lowest point is Chaotian Gate, where the two rivers merge with each other. The altitude there is 160 m (520 ft). The average height of the area is 259 m (850 ft). However, there are several high mountains outside central Chongqing, such as the Wugong Ling Mountain, with the altitude of 1,709.4 m (5,608 ft), in Jiangjin.
In the spring and fall, downtown Chongqing is often enshrouded in fog.
Chongqing has a humid subtropical climate
), bordering on a monsoonal humid subtropical climate (Köppen Cwa
) and for most of the year experiences very high relative humidity, with all months above 75%. Known as one of the "Three Furnaces
" of the Yangtze River, along with Wuhan
, its summers are long and among the hottest and most humid in China, with highs of 33 to 34 °C (91 to 93 °F) in July and August in the urban area.
Winters are short and somewhat mild, but damp and overcast. The city's location in the Sichuan Basin
causes it to have one of the lowest annual sunshine totals nationally, at only 1,055 hours, lower than much of Northern Europe; the monthly percent possible sunshine in the city proper ranges from a mere 8% in December and January to 48% in August. Extremes since 1951 have ranged from −1.8 °C (29 °F) on 15 December 1975 (unofficial record of −2.5 °C (27 °F) was set on 8 February 1943) to 43.0 °C (109 °F) on 15 August 2006 (unofficial record of 44.0 °C (111 °F) was set on 8 and 9 August 1933).
Chongqing, with over 100 days of fog per year,
is known as the "Fog City" (雾都); this is because in the spring and fall, a thick layer of fog enshrouds it for 68 days per year.
During the Second Sino-Japanese War
, this special weather possibly played a role in protecting the city from being overrun by the Imperial Japanese Army
As exemplified by Youyang County
below, conditions are often cooler in the southeast part of the municipality due to the higher elevations there.
Jiefangbei (解放碑; 'People's Liberation Monument') is a World War II
Chongqing has been, since 1997, a direct-controlled municipality
in the Chinese administrative structure, making it a provincial-level division with commensurate political importance. The municipality's top leader is the secretary of the municipal committee of the Communist Party of China ("party chief"), which, since 2007, has also held a seat on the Politburo of the Communist Party of China
, the country's second highest governing council. Under the Soviet-inspired nomenklatura
system of appointments, individuals are appointed to the position by the central leadership of the Communist Party, and bestowed to an official based on seniority and adherence to party orthodoxy, usually given to an individual with prior regional experience elsewhere in China and nearly never a native of Chongqing. Notable individuals who have held the municipal Party Secretary position include He Guoqiang
, Wang Yang
, Bo Xilai
, Zhang Dejiang
, and Sun Zhengcai
, the latter three were Politburo members during their term as party chief. The party chief heads the municipal party standing committee
, the de facto
top governing council of the municipality. The standing committee is typically composed of 13 individuals which includes the party chiefs of important subdivisions and other leading figures in the local party and government organization, as well as one military representative.
The municipal People's Government serves as the day-to-day administrative authority, and is headed by the mayor, who is assisted by numerous vice mayors and mayoral assistants. Each vice mayor is given jurisdiction over specific municipal departments. The mayor is the second-highest-ranking official in the municipality. The mayor usually represents the city when foreign guests visit.
The municipality also has a People's Congress, theoretically elected by lower level People's Congresses. The People's Congress nominally appoints the mayor and approves the nominations of other government officials. The People's Congress, like those of other provincial jurisdictions, is generally seen as a symbolic body. It convenes in full once a year to approve party-sponsored resolutions and local regulations and duly confirm party-approved appointments. On occasion the People's Congress can be venues of discussion on municipal issues, although this is dependent on the actions of individual delegates. The municipal People's Congress is headed by a former municipal official, usually in their late fifties or sixties, with a lengthy prior political career in Chongqing. The municipal Political Consultative Conference (zhengxie) meets at around the same time as the People's Congress. Its role is to advise on political issues. The zhengxie is headed by a leader who is typically a former municipal or regional official with a lengthy career in the party and government bureaucracy.
Chongqing was the wartime capital of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war
(i.e., World War II), and from 1938 to 1946,
the seat of administration for the Republic of China's government before its departure to Nanjing
and then Taiwan
After the eventual defeat at the Battle of Wuhan
General Chiang-Kai Shek and the army were forced to use it as base of resistance from 1938 onwards.
It also contains a military museum named after the Chinese Korean War
hero Qiu Shaoyun
Chongqing is the largest of the four direct-controlled municipalities of the People's Republic of China. The municipality is divided into 38 subdivisions (3 were abolished in 1997, and Wansheng
districts were abolished in October 2011
), consisting of 26 districts, 8 counties, and 4 autonomous counties. The boundaries of Chongqing municipality reach much farther into the city's hinterland than the boundaries of the other three provincial level municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin
), and much of its administrative area, which spans over 80,000 km2
(30,900 sq mi), is rural. At the end of year 2018, the total population is 31.02 million.
Including other township related subdivisions.
- ^ Chongqing core districts are consist of nine districts: Yuzhong, Dadukou, Jiangbei, Shapingba, Jiulongpo, Nan'an, Beibei, Yubei, & Banan.
- ^ Wansheng & Qijiang County currently known as Qijiang after census.
- ^ Kaizhou County is currently known as Kaizhou after census.
- ^ Shuangqiao & Dazu County currently known as Dazu after census.
- ^ Rongchang County is currently known as Rongchang after census.
- ^ Tongliang County is currently known as Tongliang after census.
- ^ Tongnan County is currently known as Tongnan after census.
- ^ Bishan County is currently known as Bishan after census.
- ^ Liangping County is currently known as Liangping after census.
- ^ Wulong County is currently known as Wulong after census.
a Indicates with which district the division was associated below prior to the merging of Chongqing, Fuling, Wanxian (now Wanzhou) and Qianjiang in 1997.
The main urban area of Chongqing city (重庆主城区) spans approximately 5,473 km2
(2,113 sq mi), and includes the following nine districts:
- Yuzhong District (渝中区, or "Central Chongqing District"), the central and most densely populated district, where government and international business offices and the city's best shopping are located in the district's Jeifangbei CBD area. Yuzhong is located on the peninsula surrounded by Eling Hill, Yangtze River and Jialing River.
- Jiangbei District (江北区, or "River North District"), located to the north of Jialing River.
- Shapingba District (沙坪坝区), roughly located between Jialing River and Zhongliang Mountain.
- Jiulongpo District (九龙坡区), roughly located between Yangtze River and Zhongliang Mountain.
- Nan'an District (南岸区, or "Southern Bank District"), located on the south side of Yangtze River.
- Dadukou District (大渡口区)
- Banan District (巴南区, or "Southern Chongqing District"). Previously called Ba County, and changed to the current name in 1994. Its northern area merged into Chongqing, and its capital town Yudong is a satellite city of Chongqing.
- Yubei District (渝北区, or "Northern Chongqing District"). Previously called Jiangbei County, and changed into the current name in 1994. Its southern area merged into Chongqing, and the capital town Lianglu Town is a satellite city of Chongqing.
- Beibei District (北碚区), a satellite city northwest of Chongqing.
Jiefangbei (People's Liberation Monument), the landmark and center of Chongqing
According to a July 2010 article from the official Xinhua news agency, the municipality has a population of 32.8 million, including 23.3 million farmers. Among them, 8.4 million farmers have become migrant workers, including 3.9 million working and living in urban areas of Chongqing.
as of 2010, the metropolitan area
encompassing the central urban area was estimated by the OECD
to have, a population of 17 million.
This would mean that the locally registered farmers who work in other jurisdictions number 4.5 million, reducing the local, year-round population of Chongqing in 2010 to 28.3 million, plus those who are registered in other jurisdictions but live and work in Chongqing. According to China's 2005 statistical yearbook, of a total population of 30.55 million, those with residence registered in other jurisdictions but residing in the Chongqing enumeration area numbered 1.4 million, including 46,000 who resided in Chongqing "for less than half-year". An additional 83,000 had registered in Chongqing, but not yet settled there.
The 2005 statistical yearbook also lists 15.22 million (49.82%) males and 15.33 million (50.18%) females.
In terms of age distribution in 2004, of the 30.55 million total population, 6.4 million (20.88%) were age 0–14, 20.7 million (67.69%) were 15–64, and 3.5 million (11.46%) were 65 and over.
Of a total 10,470,000 households (2004), 1,360,000 consisted of one person, 2,940,000 two-person, 3,190,000 three-person, 1,790,000 four-person, 783,000 five-person, 270,000 six-person, 89,000 seven-person, 28,000 eight-person, 6,000 nine-person, and 10,000 households of 10 or more persons per household.
In the first decade of the 21st century, the city became notorious for organized crime and corruption. Gangsters oversaw businesses involving billions of yuan
and the corruption reached into the law-enforcement and justice systems. In 2009, city authorities under the auspices of municipal Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai
undertook a large-scale crackdown
, arresting 4,893 suspected gangsters, "outlaws" and corrupt cadres
, leading to optimism that the period of gangsterism was over.
However, local media later highlighted the apparent reliance by the authorities on torture
to extract confessions upon which convictions were based. In December 2009, a criminal defense lawyer
was controversially arrested and sentenced to 18 months in prison for "coaching his client to make false claims of torture" and in July 2010, another lawyer released videotapes of his client describing the torture in detail.
In 2014, four policemen involved in the interrogation were charged with the practice of "opposed illegal interrogation techniques", considered by observers to be torture.
Chongqing is facing rapid urbanization
. For instance, statistics
suggest that new construction added approximately 137,000 m2
(1,470,000 sq ft) daily of usable floor space to satisfy demands for residential, commercial and factory space. In addition, more than 1,300 people moved into the city daily, adding almost 100 million yuan (US$15 million) to the local economy
. Thus, Chongqing was separated from Sichuan province and made into a municipality in its own right in 14 March 1997
in order to accelerate its development and subsequently China's relatively poorer western areas (see China Western Development
An important industrial area in western China,
Traditionally, due to its geographic inaccessibility, Chongqing and Sichuan
have both been important military bases in weapons research and development.
Even though Chongqing's industries are diversified, unlike eastern China, its export sector is small due to its relatively disadvantageous inland location. Instead, factories producing local-oriented consumer goods such as processed food, cars, chemicals, textiles, machinery, sports equipment and electronics are common.
Chongqing is China's third largest motor vehicle production center and the largest for motorcycles. In 2007, it had an annual output capacity of 1 million cars and 8.6 million motorcycles.
Leading makers of cars and motor bikes includes China's fourth biggest automaker; Changan Automotive Corp
and Lifan Hongda Enterprise
, as well as Ford Motor Company
, with the US car giant having 3 plants in Chongqing. The municipality is also one of China's nine largest iron and steel producers in China as well as one of its three major aluminum producers. Important manufacturers include Chongqing Iron and Steel Company (重庆钢铁股份有限公司) and Southwest Aluminum (西南鋁業), which is Asia's largest aluminum plant.
Agriculture remains significant. Rice and fruits, especially oranges, are the area's main produce. Natural resources are also abundant with large deposits of coal, natural gas, and more than 40 kinds of minerals such as strontium
. Coal reserves total approximately 4,800,000,000 metric tons (4.7×
long tons; 5.3×
short tons). Chuandong Natural Gas Field is China's largest inland gas field with deposits of around 270 billion m3
– more than 1/5 of China's total. Has China's largest reserve of strontium (China has the world's 2nd biggest strontium deposit). Manganese is mined in the Xiushan area. Although the mining sector has been denounced as heavily polluting and unsafe.
Chongqing is also planned to be the site of a 10 million ton capacity refinery operated by CNPC
(parent company of PetroChina
) to process imported crude oil from the Sino-Burma pipelines
. The pipeline itself, though not yet finished, will eventually run from Sittwe
(in Myanmar's western coast) through Kunming
in Yunnan before reaching Chongqing
and it will provide China with fuels sourced from Myanmar, the Middle East and Africa. Recently, there has been a drive to move up the value chain
by shifting towards high technology and knowledge intensive industries resulting in new development zones such as the Chongqing New North Zone (CNNZ).
Chongqing's local government is hoping through the promotion of favorable economic policies for the electronics and information technology sectors, that it can create a 400 billion RMB high technology manufacturing hub which will surpass its car industry and account for 25% of its exports.
The city has also invested heavily in infrastructure to attract investment.
The network of roads and railways connecting Chongqing to the rest of China has been expanded and upgraded reducing logistical
costs. Furthermore, the nearby Three Gorges Dam
which is the world's largest, supplies Chongqing with power and allows oceangoing ships to reach Chongqing's Yangtze River
These infrastructure improvements have led to the arrivals of numerous foreign direct investors (FDI) in industries ranging from car
to finance and retailing; such as Ford
,Standard Chartered Bank
, ANZ Bank
, Metro AG
among other multinational corporations.
Chongqing's nominal GDP in 2011 reached 1001.1 billion yuan (US$158.9 billion) while registering an annual growth of 16.4%. However, its overall economic performance is still lagging behind eastern coastal cities such as Shanghai. For instance, its per capita GDP was 22,909 yuan (US$3,301) which is below the national average. Nevertheless, there is a massive government push to transform Chongqing into the region's economic, trade, and financial center
and use the municipality as a platform to open up the country's western interior to further development.
Economic and technological development zones
The city includes a number of economic and technological development zones:
- Chongqing Chemical Industrial Park
- Chongqing Economic & Technological Development Zone
- Chongqing Hi-Tech Industry Development Zone
- Chongqing New North Zone (CNNZ)
- Chongqing Export Processing Zone
- Jianqiao Industrial Park (located in Dadukou District)
- Liangjiang New Area
- Liangjiang Cloud Computing Center (the largest of its kind in China)
Colleges and universities
Entrance to the Nankai School
Notable high schools
- Fuling Experimental High School (涪陵实验中学)
- Chongqing No.1 Secondary School (重庆一中)
- Chongqing Nankai Secondary School (重庆南开中学)
- Chongqing No.8 Secondary School (重庆八中)
- Bashu Secondary School (巴蜀中学)
- Chongqing Railway High School (重庆铁路中学)
- Chongqing Yucai Secondary School (育才中学)
- Chongqing Foreign Language School (The High School Affiliated to Sichuan International Studies University 重庆一外)
- Verakin High School of Chongqing (The 2nd Chongqing Foreign Language School, 重庆二外)
- Chongqing Qiujing High School (求精中学)
- High School Affiliated to Southwest University (西南大学附中)
- Chongqing NO.18 Secondary School (重庆十八中)
Since its elevation to national-level municipality in 1997, the city has dramatically expanded its transportation infrastructure. With the construction of railways and expressways to the east and southeast, Chongqing is a major transportation hub in southwestern China.
As of October 2014, the municipality had 31 bridges across the Yangtze River
including over a dozen in the city's urban core.
Aside from the city's first two Yangtze River bridges, which were built, respectively, in 1960 and 1977, all of the other bridges were completed since 1995.
A train of Chongqing Rail Transit Line 2 coming through a residential building at Liziba
Public transport in Chongqing consists of metro
, intercity railway, a ubiquitous bus system and the world's largest monorail network.
According to the Chongqing Municipal Government's ambitious plan in May 2007, Chongqing is investing 150 billion RMB over 13 years to finish a system that combines underground metro lines with heavy monorail
(called 'light rail' in China).
As of 2017, four metro lines, the 14 km (8.7 mi) long CRT Line 1
, a conventional subway, and the 19 km (12 mi) long heavy monorail CRT Line 2
(through Phase II), Line 3
, a heavy monorail connects the airport and the southern part of downtown., Line 6
, runs between Beibei, a commuter city in the city's far north to downtown. Line 5
opened in late 2017.
By 2020 CRT will consist of 6 straight lines and 1 circular line resulting in 363.5 km (225.9 mi) of road and railway to the existing transportation infrastructure and 93 new train stations will be added to the 111 stations that are already in place.
By 2050, Chongqing will have as many as 18 lines that are planned to be in operation.
An aerial tramway across the Yangtse river in Chongqing CBD Photo by Chen Hualin
Chongqing is the only Chinese city that keeps public aerial tramways
. Historically there were three aerial tramways in Chongqing: the Yangtze River Tramway, the Jialing River Tramway and the South Mountain Tramway. Currently, only Yangtze River Tramway is still operating and it is Class 4A Tourist Attractions in China. The 1,160-meter (3,810 ft)-long tramway connects the southern and northern banks of Yangtze River; its daily passenger volume is about 10,000.
on the Yangtze in the outer reaches of the municipality
Chongqing is one of the most important inland ports in China. There are numerous luxury cruise ships that terminate at Chongqing, cruising downstream along the Yangtze River
or even Shanghai.
In the recent past, this provided virtually the only transportation option along the river. However, improved rail, expressways and air travel have seen this ferry traffic reduced or cancelled altogether. Most of the river ferry traffic consists of leisure cruises for tourists rather than local needs. Improved access by larger cargo vessels has been made due to the construction of the Three Gorges Dam
. This allows bulk transport of goods along the Yangtze River. Coal, raw minerals and containerized goods provide the majority of traffic plying this section of the river. Several port handling facilities exist throughout the city, including many impromptu river bank sites.
Major train stations in Chongqing:
- Chongqing railway station in Yuzhong, accessible via Metro Lines 1 & 3 (Lianglukou Metro station), is the city's oldest railway station and located near the city center. The station handles mostly long-distance trains. There are plans for a major renovation and overhaul of this station, thus many services have been transferred to Chongqing North Railway Station.
- Chongqing North railway station is a station handling many long-distance services and high-speed rail services to Chengdu, Beijing and other cities. It was completed in 2006 and is connected to Metro Line.
- Chongqing West railway station is in Shapingba, a station handling many long-distance services and high-speed rail services to many cities. It is completed in 2018.
- Shapingba railway station is in Shapingba, near Shapingba CBD, accessible via Metro Line 1. It handles many local and regional train services. It is completed in 2018.
Chongqing is a major freight destination for rail with continued development with improved handling facilities. Due to subsidies and incentives, the relocation and construction of many factories in Chongqing has seen a huge increase in rail traffic.
Chongqing is a major rail hub regionally.
Traditionally, the road network in Chongqing has been narrow, winding and limited to smaller vehicles because of the natural terrain, large rivers and the huge population demands on the area, especially in the Yuzhong District
. In other places, such as Jiangbei
, large areas of homes and buildings have recently been cleared to improve the road network and create better urban planning; thus, several ring roads have also been constructed. This has seen many tunnels and large bridges needing to be built across the city. The construction of many expressways have connected Chongqing to its neighbors. The natural mountainous terrain that Chongqing is built on makes many road projects difficult to construct, including for example some of the world's highest road bridges.
Unlike many other Chinese cities, it is rare for motorbikes, electric scooters or bicycles to be seen on Chongqing's Roads. This is due to the extremely hilly and mountainous nature of Chongqing's roads and streets. However, despite this, Chongqing is a manufacturing center for these types of vehicles.
- Chongqing-Chengdu Expressway
- Chongqing-Chengdu 2nd Expressway (under construction)
- Chongqing-Wanzhou-Yichang Highway (Wanzhou-Yichang section under construction)
- Chongqing-Guiyang Highway
- Chongqing-Changsha Expressway (Xiushan-Changsha section under construction)
- Chongqing-Dazhou-Xi'a Highway (Dazhou-Xi'an section under construction)
- Chongqing-Suining Expressway
- Chongqing-Nanchong Expressway
- China National Highway 210
- China National Highway 212
With so many bridges crossing the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in the urban area, Chongqing is sometimes known as the 'Bridge Capital of China'. The first important bridge in urban Chongqing was the Niujiaotuo Jialing River Bridge, built in 1958. The first bridge over the Yangtze river
was the Shibanpo Yangtze River Bridge (or Chongqing Yangtze River Bridge) built in 1977.
As of 2014, within the area of the 9 districts, there were 20 bridges on the Yangtze river
and 28 bridges on the Jialing river. The bridges in Chongqing exhibit a variety of shapes and structures, making Chongqing a showcase for bridge design.
The major airport of Chongqing is Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport
(IATA: CKG, ICAO: ZUCK). It is located in Yubei District
. The airport offers a growing network of direct flights to China, South East Asia, the Middle East, North America, and Europe. It is located 21 km (13 mi) north of the city center
of Chongqing and serves as an important aviation hub for south-western China.
Jiangbei airport is a hub for China Southern Airlines
, Chongqing Airlines
, Sichuan Airlines
, China Express Airlines
, Shandong Airlines
and Hainan Airlines
's new China West Air
. Chongqing also is a focus city of Air China
, therefore it is very well connected with Star Alliance
's international network. The airport currently has three parallel runways in operation. It serves domestic routes to most other Chinese cities, as well as international routes to Auckland
, New York City
, Los Angeles
, Chiang Mai
, Phnom Penh
, Siem Reap
, Tokyo, Kuala Lumpur, Batam
. As of 2018, Jiangbei Airport is the 9th busiest airport in terms of passenger traffic in mainland China
Currently, Jiangbei airport has three terminals. Chongqing Airport has metro access (CRT Line 3
and Line 10
) to its central city, and two runways in normal use.
Zhongshan Ancient Town, Jiangjin
As the provisional Capital of China for almost ten years (1937 to 1945), the city was also known as one of the three headquarters of the Allies during World War II
, as well as being a strategic center of many other wars throughout China's history. Chongqing has many historic war-time buildings or sites, some of which have since been destroyed. These sites include the People's Liberation Monument, located in the center of Chongqing city. It used to be the highest building in the area, but is now surrounded and dwarfed by numerous shopping centers
. Originally named the Monument for the Victory over Axis Armies
, it is the only building in China for that purpose.
Today, the monument serves as a symbol for the city. The General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum
, dedicated to General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell
, a World War II general.
the air force cemetery in the Nanshan area, in memory of those air force personnel killed during the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937–1945)
, and the Red Rock Village Museum
, a diplomatic site for the Communist Party
in Chongqing led by Zhou Enlai
during World War II
, and Guiyuan, Cassia Garden, where Mao Zedong
signed the "Double 10 (10 October) Peace Agreement" with the Kuomintang
Ciqikou ancient road in Shapingba District
- The Baiheliang Underwater Museum, China's first underwater museum,
- The Memorial of Great Tunnel Massacre, a former air-raid shelter where a major massacre occurred during World War II.
- The Great Hall of the People in Chongqing is based on the Great Hall of the People in Beijing. This is one of the largest public assembly buildings in China which, though built in modern times, emulates traditional architectural styles. It is adjacent to the densely populated and hilly central district, with narrow streets and pedestrian only walkways,
- The large domed Three Gorges Museum presents the history, culture, and environment of the Three Gorges area and Chongqing.
- Chongqing Art Museum is known for striking architecture.
- Chongqing Science and Technology Museum has an IMAX theater.
- Luohan Si, a Ming dynasty temple,
- Huangguan Escalator, the second longest escalator in Asia.
- Former sites for embassies of major countries during the 1940s. As the capital at that time, Chongqing had many residential and other buildings for these officials.
- Wuxi County, noted as a major tourism area of Chongqing,
- The Dazu Rock Carvings, in Dazu county, are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century A.D., depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. Listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs.,
- The Three Natural Bridges and Furong Cave in Wulong Karst National Geology Park, Wulong County are listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site as part of the South China Karst,
- Ciqikou is a 1000-year-old town in the Shapingba District of Chongqing. It is also known as "Little Chongqing". The town, located next to the lower reaches of the Jialing River, was at one time an important source of china-ware and used to be a busy commercial dock during the Ming and Qing dynasties,
- Fishing Town or Fishing City, also called the "Oriental Mecca" and "the Place That Broke God's Whip", is one of the three great ancient battlefields of China. It is noted for its resistance to the Mongol armies during the Southern Song dynasty (1127–1279) and the location where the Mongol leader Möngke Khan died in 1259,
- Xueyu Cave in Fengdu County is the only example of a pure-white, jade-like karst cave in China,
- Fengdu Ghost City in Fengdu County is the Gate of the Hell in traditional Chinese literature and culture.
- Snowy Jade Cave, see Xueyu Cave (above).
- Baidi Cheng, a peninsula in Yangtze River, known due to a famous poem by Li Bai.
- The Chongqing Zoo, a zoo that exhibits many rare species including the giant panda, the extremely rare South China tiger, and the African elephant.
- Chongqing Amusement Park.
- Chongqing Grand Theater, a performing arts center.
- Foreigners' Street was an amusement park, including the Porcelain Palace, the world's largest toilet. Also the location of the abortive Love Land development in 2009.
- The Black Mountain Valley (Heishangu).
Chongqing food is part of Sichuan
cuisine. Chongqing is known for its spicy food. Its food is normally considered numbing because of the use of Sichuan pepper
, also known as Sichuan peppercorn, containing hydroxy alpha sanshool
. Chongqing's city center
has many restaurants and food stalls where meals often cost less than RMB
10. Local specialties here include dumplings
and pickled vegetables
and, different from many other Chinese cuisines, Chongqing dishes are suitable for the solo diner as they are often served in small individual sized portions.
Among the delicacies and local specialties are these dishes:
Typical Chongqing hot pot served with minced shrimp, tripes, pork aorta, goose intestine, and kidney slices.
Chongqing Xiao mian with peas and spicy bean paste
- Chongqing hot pot (Huoguo) – Chongqing's local culinary specialty which was originally from Northern China. Tables in hot pot restaurants usually have a central pot, where food ordered by the customers is boiled in a spicy broth, items such as beef, pork, tripe, kidney slices, pork aorta and goose intestine are often consumed.
- Chongqing Xiao Mian – a common lamian noodle dish tossed with chili oil and rich mixtures of spices and ingredients
- Jiangtuan fish – since Chongqing is located along Jialing River, visitors have a good opportunity to sample varieties of aquatic products. Among them, is a fish local to the region, Jiangtuan fish: Hypophthalmichthys nobilis although more commonly known as bighead carp. The fish is often served steamed or baked.
Laziji is famous for its crispy texture
Suan La Fen (Sour and Spicy Sweet-Potato Noodles) – Thick, transparent noodles of rubbery texture in a spicy vinegar soup.
- Lazi Ji (Spicy Chicken) – A stir-fried dish consists of marinated then deep-fried pieces of chicken, dried Sichuan chili peppers, Sichuan peppers, garlic, and ginger, originated near Geleshan in Chongqing.
- Quanshui Ji (Spring Water Chicken) – Quanshui Ji is cooked with the natural spring water in the Southern Mountain of Chongqing.
- Pork leg cooked with rock sugar – A common household dish of Chongqing, the tender, reddish finished dish, has been described as having strong and sweet aftertaste.
- Qianzhang (skimmed soy bean cream) – Qianzhang is the cream skimmed from soybean milk. In order to create this, several steps must be followed very carefully. First, soybeans are soaked in water, ground, strained, boiled, restrained several times and spread over gauze until delicate, snow-white cream is formed. The paste can also be hardened, cut into slivers and seasoned with sesame oil, garlic and chili oil. Another variation is to bake the cream and fry it with bacon, which is described as soft and sweet.
The Chongqing People's Broadcast Station
is Chongqing's largest radio station.
The only municipal-level TV network is Chongqing TV
, claimed to be the 4th largest television station in China.
Chongqing TV broadcasts many local-oriented channels, and can be viewed on many TV sets throughout China.
Sports and recreation
Professional soccer teams in Chongqing include:
Chongqing Lifan is a professional Chinese soccer club that currently plays in the Chinese Super League. They are owned by the Chongqing-based Lifan Group
, which manufactures motorcycles, cars
and spare parts.
Originally called Qianwei (Vanguard) Wuhan
, the club formed in 1995 to take part in the recently developed, fully professional Chinese Soccer League
. They would quickly rise to top tier of the system and experience their greatest achievement in winning the 2000 Chinese FA Cup
and coming in fourth within the league. However, since then they have struggled to replicate the same success, and have twice been relegated from the top tier.
Chongqing FC was a soccer club located in the city that competed in China League One
, the country's second-tier soccer division, before being relegated to the China League Two
, and dissolving due to a resultant lack of funds.
Sport venues in Chongqing include:
- The Chongqing Olympic Sports Center is a multipurpose stadium. It is currently used mostly for soccer matches, as it has a grass surface, and can hold 58,680. It was built in 2002 and was one of main venues for the 2004 AFC Asian Cup.
- Yanghe Stadium is a multiuse stadium that is currently used mostly for soccer matches. The stadium holds 32,000 people, and is the home of Chongqing Lifan in the Chinese Super League. The stadium was purchased by the Lifan Group in 2001 for RMB80 million and immediately replaced Datianwan Stadium as the home of Chongqing Lifan.
- Datianwan Stadium is a multipurpose stadium that is currently used mostly for soccer matches. The stadium has a capacity 32,000 people, and up until 2001 was the home of Chongqing Lifan.
At the end of 2020, a collaboration between a Danish architecture firm and a Chinese tech company Terminus was announced, taking the form of an AI
-controlled campus. The project is named Cloud Valley and aims to use sensors and WiFi-controlled devices to collect data on the city's residents and atmosphere, including weather and eating and sleeping habits. The AI will adapt devices to work in a way that fits the gathered information and improves residents' lives.
- Ba Manzi: a legendary hero of Ba kingdom in Zhou dynasty
- Ba Qing, the Widow: the earliest known female merchant in Chinese history who provided huge financial aid to Qin Shi Huang to construct the Great Wall
- Gan Ning: a general serving under warlord Sun Quan in the last years of Han dynasty
- Yan Yan: a loyal general during Three Kingdoms period
- Lanxi Daolong: a famous Buddhism monk and philosopher in Song dynasty who went to Japan and established the Kenchō-ji
- Qin Liangyu: a popular heroine in Ming dynasty who fought against Manchus
- Nie Rongzhen: marshal of the People's Liberation Army of China
- Liu Bocheng: an early leader of Chinese communist party during Anti-Japanese War
- Lu Zuofu: a notable patriotic industrialist and businessman who was a member of Chinese United League and a leader of Railway Protection Movement, established the Beibei District, Chongqing Natural History Museum, Jianshan High School, the Northern Hot Spring Park of Chongqing and Beibei Library, and served as the chief official of Food Bureau during Republic of China period.
- Liu Yongqing: wife of the former president and Party general secretary Hu Jintao
- Zhonghua Pang: a well-known calligrapher and geologist born in Sichuan but raised and lived in Chongqing
- Liu Xiaoqing: an actress
- Chen Kun: Chinese actor and singer
- Tian Liang: Olympic diving gold medalist
- Li Yundi: a pianist
- Karry Wang: A member of the pop band TFBoys and an actor
- Roy Wang: a singer-songwriter and member of TFBoys, also an actor and TV host
- Jiang Qinqin: an actress
- Li Hua: artist who studied in Europe
- Xiao Zhan: actor, singer, and member of the boy group X Nine
- Pan Wenhua: born in Renshou County, Sichuan Province, was a famous military general who was regarded as a born military prodigy
- Zhou Zhennan: a leader of C-pop group R1SE
- Yao Chen : a member of C-pop group R1SE
- Zhang Yanqi : a member of C-pop group R1SE
- Feng Timo : Singer, pop-star and internet personality
Twin towns – sister cities
Chongqing has sister city
relationships with many cities of the world including:
- Toulouse, France (1982)
- Seattle, United States (1983)
- Toronto, Canada (1986)
- Hiroshima, Japan (1986)
- Leicester, United Kingdom (1993)
- Voronezh, Russia (1993)
- Zaporizhzhia, Ukraine (2002)
- Mpumalanga, South Africa (2002)
- Sliven, Bulgaria (2002)
- Düsseldorf, Germany (2004)
- Brisbane, Australia (2005)
- Shiraz, Iran (2005)
- Aswan, Egypt (2005)
- Busan, South Korea (2007)
- Sør-Trøndelag, Norway (2007)
- Chiang Mai Province, Thailand (2008)
- Córdoba, Argentina (2010)
- Budapest, Hungary (2010)
- Bangkok, Thailand (2005)
- Antwerp, Belgium (2011)
- Salvador, Bahia, Brazil (2011)
- Chennai, India (2015)
- Maribor, Slovenia (2017)
- Telde, Spain (2018)
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