(重庆), formerly written Chungking
, is provincial-level municipality (similar to Beijing
) in central-western China. The city of Chongqing has a population of 5 million people while the municipality a population of 31 million.
The city of Chongqing is located on a tongue of land between the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. Hence it was an important port for river navigation. Due to its geographical location surrounded by tall hills, Chongqing suffers from stifling summers with hazy skies made worse by pollution.
Places of Interest in Chongqing
- Chaotien Men (Gate Facing Heaven)
This is Chongqing's wharf district, right to the tip of the Chongqing peninsula.
- Chongqing Museum
This museum houses superb collection of Eastern Han relics.
- Ciqi Kou
Ciqi Kou is an ancient village famous for producing porcelain.
- Great Hall of the People
A huge hall seating 4,200 people built to commemorate Chongqing's position in wartime.
- Hongyan Cun
A group of white-washed buildings used as the base of the Nationalist-Communist "United Front" government.
- Luohan Si Temple
This is a Ming-era temple famed for its hall of luohans.
- Stilwell Museum
Museum in the house of General Stilwell, Commander of the US forces between 1942 to 1944.
- Three Gorges
Chongqing is the port to take the Yangtze Cruise to visit the Three Gorges
- Victory Monument
Memorial in the heart of downtown Chongqing.
Prof. Chen Hualin
Planning your trip to Chongqing
The Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) receives flights from Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Tianjin, Shenzhen, Xiamen, Lhasa, Urumqi, Xi'an, Nanjing, Hangzhou, among others. It also gets international flights from Bangkok, Hong Kong, Singapore and Tokyo.
From the airport, take the Airport Bus to reach the city. Buses leave the airport every half an hour between 6:00 am to 8:00 pm.
You can also take a train from Beijing to Chongqing. The journey takes 25 hours. The T88xx Express Train connects Chongqing with Chengdu in 2 hours 30 minutes.
The best way to get around in Chongqing is to make use of the brand-new Chongqing rapid transit system which opened in June 2005.
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