Chongqing, “Yu(渝)” for short, is the province-level administrative region of the People’s Republic of China, the only municipality in the central and western regions, the national center city, megacity, the international metropolis, the economic, financial, scientific, shipping and commercial logistics center in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River, important strategic fulcrum of western development, “One Belt And One Road” and the Yangtze river economic belt important junction and inland open highland. Chongqing is located in the southwest of China and the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It was a city established as a second capital besides the capital during wartime, and became one of China’s four municipalities in 1997. Chongqing is surrounded by mountains, and is built by the mountain. Located at the edge of the basin, the confluence of two rivers, Chongqing is often covred by mist. So it is also known as “Mountain City” and “The City of Fog”.

Highlights of Chongqing:

  • Popular Gateway City: China’s 72-hour visa-free transit policy allows air travelers from 53 countries to transit and stay in 18 Chinese cities for 72 hours (3 days). Chongqing is one of the 18 cities. (It is noted that some cities and provinces like Beijing, Shanghai, Tianjin, Zhejiang province, Hebei Province have implemented 144-hour visa-free transit policy.)
  • Famous Attractions: Chongqing owns mountains, water, forests, springs, waterfalls, gorges, caves and other natural scenery, a total of more than 300 natural and cultural attractions, among which the most famous are Dazu Rock Carvings (The world cultural heritage), Chongqing Wulong Karst Landscape (The world natural heritage) and Jinfo Mountain (The world natural heritage). Other attractions in Chongqing include Ciqikou Ancient Town, Hongya Cave, Yangtze River Cableway, etc. 
  • Bayu Culture: Bayu culture is one of the most distinctive national cultures in the upper reaches of the Yangtze river. Bayu culture originated from Ba culture, which refers to the regional culture formed in the historical development of Ba ethnic group and Ba kingdom. The representatives of Bayu culture include Chongqing Cuisine, Dragon Tongue(龙门阵), Chongqing dialect, the provisional capital culture, Sichuan opera, Paoge culture(袍哥文化), Chongqing dock culture, working song on Chuanjiang, Shu embroidery and so on.
  • Pradise for Food Lovers: The biggest characteristic of Chongqing food is spicy and hot, and the representative food is hot pot and Chongqing spicy noodle. No matter the food streets at Jiefengbei, Hongya Cave and Ciqikou, or the eating houses in the depth of streets, are good places to taste local food. 

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