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Chongqing Introduction

dazu grottoesLocated in the southwest of china and upper reaches of Yangtze River, Chongqing is a charming metropolis with over 3000 years history. After Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai, Chongqing is the forth municipality under the direct administration of Central Government. With 82,403 square kilometers, it is the largest municipality in area with a population of 31.44 million by 2005, including 19 districts, 17 counties and 2 autonomous counties.

Towering among the mountains and river valleys, Chongqing is also called "mountain city". To the west, it is Daba Mountain; to the east, it is Wuling Mountain; to the south, it is Dalou Mountain. Yangtze River, Jialing River, Wu River and Pei River pass through this city. The world-renowned Three Gorges of Yangtze River are located at the border of Chongqing and Hubei province.

Chongqing combines beautiful landscape with profound historical culture. Many Yangtze River cruise ships start and end at Chaotianmen docks of Chongqing. You can take the cable car across the river from Cangbai Lu or Wanglongmen for a fantastic view of the city. Delicious Chongqing local cuisine can add much fun to your visit. The best shopping place in Chongqing is called Jiefangbei.

Today, Chongqing has changed from an ancient regional trading post into an economic center and transportation hub on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

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