Chongqing is the largest industrial and commercial city in the south-west of China located in the southeastern part of the Sichuan Basin, at the confluence of Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The city is under the direct jurisdiction of the Central Government. Chongqing is a modern city with a 3000 years history. Origionally it was called Jiangzhou, Yuzhou and Gongzhou and it got its present name just 800 years ago during the Southern Song Dynasty in 1127 – 1279. In the fourth century BC Chongqing (called Yuzhou or Yu, for short) was the capital of the State of Ba whose men were renowned for their prowess in battles and their military success. Many dynasties set up various administrative institutions there that endowed the city with the brilliant culture.
Chongqing is also known as a city of mountains and rivers, great wealth of water reserves, dense forests and abundant flora and fauna.
Perched on steep hills overlooking the confluence of two rivers, Chongqing is one of the unusual cities of China. You’ll get its most beautiful view at night when grey tenements and shining office towers cling to the precipitous hill sides that make up much of the city center.
Eling Park, a natural park with special plants species and a newly built tower (Liangjiang Pavilion) that provides you with the panoramic view of the entire city.
There are many places of interest in the city and in its suburbs. The city is a starting point of the
Yangtze River Cruise. You’ll explore the magnificent scenery of the
Three Gorges traveling east along the Yangtze River. The Three Gorges International Travel Festival is held here in May every year.
Chongqing Museum with its collection of about 100 000 pieces of relics from the ancient Kingdom of Ba (more than 3 000 years ago!) and the near-mythical Three Kingdoms period to World War and the Liberation of China.
Grotto Art in Dazu County, an outstanding example of Chinese grotto art, is worth visiting and seeing too.
Jinyun Mountain, known as the Little Emei Mt, 55 kilometers to the north from downtown of Chongqing. If you climb the 680 steps to Lion’s Peak at Jinyun Temple you’ll get a wonderful view of nine peaks of Jinyun Mountain. Northern
Hot Springs Park loacted at the foot of the mountain is a state-level scenic spot. 1500 years ago the park was a home for Buddhist Temple but now it’s a miracle combination of hot springs, temple buildings, ancient trees, flower gardens, fish and lotus ponds, waterfalls and limestone caves, - all they make the park be one of the most beautiful sites in Chongqing City.
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