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Chongqing Introduction

Chongqing - Ci Qi KouChongqing, the largest municipality of China, lies in the eastern part of Sichuan Basin, Southwest China. As an important traffic junction since ancient times, Chongqing borders Hubei and Hunan Province to the east, Guizhou to the south, Sichuan to the west and Shaanxi to the north. Consisting of 15 districts, four county-level cities and 21 counties, the city covers an area of 82,400 sq km (about 20,361,465 acres) and has a population of over 30 millions. It is surrounded by many mountains such as Mt. Daba, Mt. Wu and Mt. Wuling. The Yangtze River, Jialing River as well as Wu River, Fu River, Daning River, also cross the city. Thus, the city gains the name 'City of Mountains' and 'City of Rivers'.

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Chongqing is an ancient city. In the early Xia (21st-16th century BC) and Shang (16th- 11th century BC) dynasties, there was already a great tribe union called Ba settled in this area. During the Zhou Dynasty (11th-221 BC), the Ba Kingdom was founded in this area and Jiangzhou (the ancient name of Chongqing) was built as the capital. As the year 316 BC Qin (221-206 BC) conquered the Ba Kingdom and made it a county of Qin Dynasty. During the Three Kingdoms Period (220-280), Shu owned the dominion of Jiangzhou and gained a lot from this fertile land. Jiangzhou changed its name to Yuzhou at the year 589, during the Sui Dynasty (581-618), and it became an important military, financial and cultural center in Tang Dynasty (618-907). Famous poets such as Li Bai, Du Fu, Wang Wei and Bai Juyi visited here frequently and left hundreds of enduring poems. The name Chongqing (double happiness) was given during the Southern Song Dynasty (1127- 1279) to celebrate the enthronement of the new emperor. The city was founded officially in 1929. In 1996 Chongqing was entitled as the fourth municipality of China, and a new chapter of the city's history was opened.

Dazu Rock Carvings, Chongqing

Things to Do
Chongqing also has numerous tourist attractions including: the magnificent Dazu Rock Carvings, which is famous for the vivid ancient Buddhist, Confucius and Taoist carvings; Tourists should see the Residence of General Joseph W. Stilwell, who was a friend of Chinese people during the World War II; the grand People's Assembly Hall and China Three Gorges Museum, which tell the history of Chongqing and China to every visitor, as well as Pipashan Park and Eling Park. What's more, from Chongqing, people can take the marvelous Yangtze River Cruise and enjoy the fabulous Three Gorges, Ghost City, Shibaozhai, Baidi City and Three Little Gorges. The Northern & Southern Hot Springs Park is also suggested.

 Pipashan (Loquat Hill) Park

As Chongqing's highest point rises 208 metres (682 feet), the tower 'Hongxing Pavilion' built on the top of the hill, provides an excellent view of the city, the rivers and the surroundings.

Chongqing also has the Southern Hot Spring Park, a botanical garden, the Longevity Lake and other places of beauty. The view of Chongqing, the mountainous city, is most attractive at night.

 Eling Park

Located it Changjiang Lu, Yuzhong district, Eling was originally named Edingling (Goose Nape Hill), for its narrow and steep shape resembling a nape of a goose.

Eling Park was built in 1909, which was originally the home of Lee, a rich businessman, also known as 'courteous park', with special plant species and a newly built tower (Liangjiang Pavilion) providing the view of the entire city. In 1958, large-scale of restoration was carried out on the site of Lee Garden and the park was 'Eling Park'.

Other Things to Do in Chongqing: entertainment, teahouses, Sichuan Operas

It's very convenient to visit Chongqing since there are airlines, trains and steamships that regularly pass in and out this metropolis. Domestic flights from Beijing, Shanghai, Guangzhou, Xian, Wuhan, Kunming and many other cities fly direct to Chongqing. International flights from Hong Kong, Macau, Seoul, Bangkok and Nagoya are also available. Daily express trains to Beijing, Guangzhou, Shanghai, Chengdu, Xian, Nanning, etc can transfer passengers easily. Tens of long-distance bus stations are scattered around Chongqing, and steamships in Chao Tian Men Dock are the best starting point for a Yangtze River cruise.

Chongqing North Railway Station

 Foreign Consulates in Chongqing

Chancery: 1902, Building A, No.9 Yanghe Road, JiangBei District
Tel: +86-(0)23-89116415
Fax: +86-(0)23-89111369 

Chancery: Suite 1705, Metropolitan Tower, Wu Yi Lu, Yuzhong District
Tel: +86-(0)23-63738007
Fax: +86-(0)23-63738026
E-mail: chonq@international.gc.ca

Chancery: Metropolitan Tower, 31/F 1, No.68 Zou Rong Road, Yuzhong District, Chongqing
Tel: +86-(0)23-63836008
Fax: +86-(0)23-63704982

Chancery: 37 F, Metropolitan Tower, No.68 Zou Rong Lu, Yuzhong District
Tel: +86-(0)23-63733585
Fax: +86-(0)23-63733589

Chancery: 28 F, Metropolitan Tower, Zou Rong Lu, Yuzhong District
Tel: +86-(0)23-63810321
Fax: +86-(0)23-63810322
E-mail: britishconsulate.chongqing@fco.gov.uk

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