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Chongqing ( ; Postal map spelling: Chungking; Wade-Giles: Ch'ung-ch'ing) is the largest and most populated municipality of the People's Republic of Chinamarker's four provincial-level municipalities. It is also the only one of these municipalities in the western region of China. Formerly (until 14 March 1997) a sub-provincial city within Sichuanmarker Province, the municipality of Chongqing has a registered population of 31,442,300 (2005). The boundaries of Chongqing municipality reach much farther into the city's hinterland than the boundaries of the other three provincial level municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjinmarker), and much of the municipality, which spans over 80 000 km², is rural. The population of the urban area of Chongqing proper was 5.09 million (2000).

The municipal abbreviation, 渝 (Yú), was approved by the State Council on 18 April 1997. Chongqing was also a municipality of the old Republic of Chinamarker. Its abbreviated name is derived from the old name of a part of the Jialing River that runs through Chongqing and feeds the Yangtze Rivermarker.


Chongqing is said to be the semi-mythical State of Ba that the Ba people supposedly established during the eleventh century BCE. By 316 BCE, however, it had been overrun by the State of Qin. The Qin emperor ordered a new city to be constructed, which was called Jiang (江州) and Chu Prefecture (楚州).

Chongqing was subsequently renamed in 581 CE (Sui Dynasty) and 1102, to Yu Prefecture (渝州) and then Gong Prefecture (恭州). It received its current name in 1189, after Prince Zhao Dun of the Southern Song Dynasty described his crowning as king and then Emperor Guangzong as a "double/repeated happy celebration" ( ). Hence, Yu Prefecture became Chongqing subprefecture to mark the occasion.

In 1362, (Yuan Dynastymarker), Ming Yuzhen, a peasant rebelling leader, established the Daxia Kingdom (大夏) at Chongqing for a short time.

In 1621 (Ming Dynastymarker), another short-lived kingdom of Daliang (大梁) was established by She Chongming (奢崇明) in Chongqing as its capital.

Between 1627-1645, with the fall of the Ming Dynasty, Chongqing, together with Sichuan, were captured by the Revolts who overthrew the Ming Dynasty across the nation. Later during the Qing Dynasty, immigration to Chongqing and Sichuan took place with the support of Qing emperor.

In 1891, Chongqing became the first inland commerce port open to foreigners.

From 1929, Chongqing became a municipality of the Republic of Chinamarker. During the Second Sino-Japanese War (1937-1945), it was Generalissimo Chiang Kai-shek's provisional capital and was heavily bombed by the Japanesemarker Air Force. Luckily, due to its mountainous environment, many people were saved from the bombing. Many factories and universities were moved from eastern China to Chongqing during WWII, transforming this city from inland port to a heavily industrialized city. In late November 1949 the Nationalist KMT government fled the city.

In 1954, the municipality was demoted to a provincial city within the Sichuanmarker Province of the People's Republic of China.

On 14 March 1997, the Eighth National People's Congress decided to merge the city with the neighbouring Fuling, Wanxian, and Qianjiangmarker prefecture-level districts that it had governed on behalf of the province since September 1996. The resulting single division was the Chongqing Municipality, containing 30,020,000 people in forty-three former counties (without intermediate political levels). The municipality became the spearhead of China's effort to develop its western regions and coordinate the resettlement of residents from the reservoir areas of the Three Gorges Dammarker project. Its first official ceremony took place on 18 June 1997.

In 2009, Chongqing hosted the Second "Chinese Bridge" Chinese Proficiency Competition For Foreign Secondary School Students, organised by Hanban, from the October 16 to October 31.File:Zh-s-chongqing.jpg|Chinese simple Chongqing(简体中文:重庆)File:Zh-h-chongqing.jpg|Chinese traditional Chongqing(繁体中文:重慶)

Administrative divisions

Administrative map of the Chongqing municipality

Chongqing Municipality is divided into forty county-level subdivisions (three abolished in 1997), consisting of nineteen districts, seventeen counties, and four autonomous counties.
Pinyin name Hanzi Previous

Bananmarker 巴南区 Chongqing Beibei 北碚区 Changshou 长寿区 Dadukou 大渡口区 Fuling 涪陵区 Fuling Hechuanmarker 合川区 Chongqing Jiangbei 江北区 Jiangjinmarker 江津区 Jiulongpo 九龙坡区 Nan'an 南岸区 Nanchuanmarker 南川区 Fuling Qianjiangmarker 黔江区 Qianjiang Shapingba 沙坪坝区 Chongqing Shuangqiao 双桥区 Wansheng 万盛区 Wanzhou 万州区 Wanxian Yubei 渝北区 Chongqing Yongchuanmarker 永川区 Yuzhong 渝中区
Pinyin name Hanzi Previous

Bishanmarker 璧山县 Chongqing Chengkou 城口县 Wanxian Dazumarker 大足县 Chongqing Dianjiang 垫江县 Fuling Fengdu 丰都县 Fengjiemarker 奉节县 Wanxian Kai 开县 Liangping 梁平县 Qijiangmarker 綦江县 Chongqing Rongchang 荣昌县 Tongliang 铜梁县 Tongnanmarker 潼南县 Wulongmarker 武隆县 Fuling Wushanmarker 巫山县 Wanxian Wuxi 巫溪县 Yunyang 云阳县 Zhong 忠县
Autonomous counties
Pinyin name Hanzi Previous

Pengshui Miao and Tujia 彭水苗族土家族自治县 Qianjiang
Shizhu Tujiamarker 石柱土家族自治县
Xiushan Tujia and Miao 秀山土家族苗族自治县
Youyang Tujia and Miao 酉阳土家族苗族自治县

The urban area of Chongqing Municipality (重庆主城区市区) includes the following districts:

  • Yuzhong (渝中区, or "Central Chongqing District"), the central and most densely populated district, where government and international business offices are located.
  • Nan'an (南岸区, or "Southern Bank District")
  • Jiangbei (江北区, or "North of the River District")
  • Shapingba (沙坪坝区)
  • Jiulongpo (九龙坡区)
  • BaNan (巴南区)
  • Dadukou (大渡口区)
  • Yubei (渝北区,the northern district of Chongqing)
  • Beibu (北部新区, the new district at Northern Chongqing)


The politics of Chongqing is structured in a dual party-government system like all other governing institutions in the People's Republic of China.

The Mayor of Chongqing is the highest ranking official in the People's Government of Chongqing. Since Chongqing is a centrally administered municipality, the mayor occupies the same level in the order of precedence as provincial governors. However, in the city's dual party-government governing system, the mayor has less power than the Chongqing Communist Party of China Municipal Committee Secretary, colloquially termed the "Chongqing CPC Party Chief".

Chongqing also has the distinction of being the wartime capital of China during the Second Sino-Japanese war, and for a brief period being the seat of administration for the Republic of China government before its departure to Taiwanmarker.


Chongqing commercial skyscrapers
Geographic coordinates
105°17'-110°11' East, 28°10'-32°13' North
Annual average temperature
18°C (64°F)
Temperature range
0°C - 43°C (32 F - 109 F)
Total annual hours of sunshine
1000 to 1200
Annual precipitation
1000 to 1400 mm (39 in - 47 in)
Neighboring provinces
Hubeimarker (east), Hunanmarker (southeast), Guizhoumarker (south), Sichuanmarker (west), Shaanximarker (north)

Located on the edge of the Yungui Plateaumarker, Chongqing is intersected by the Jialing River and the upper reaches of the Yangtzemarker. It contains Daba Shan in the north, Wu Shan in the east, Wuling Shan in the southeast, and Dalou Mountain to the south.

The city is very hilly and is the only major metropolitan area in China without significant numbers of bicycles.


Chongqing has a humid subtropical climate, with the two-season monsoonal variations typical of South Asia.

As one of the "Three Furnaces" (三大火炉), Chongqing's summers are among the hottest in China. The temperature can be as high as 43°C, with an average high of 35°C in August. Yet even in the hottest weather the wind is often cold, making such high temperatures more bearable. Winters are fairly mild, but damp and overcast; average January highs are 9°C. Chongqing has one of the lowest sunshine totals annually in China.

Chongqing is known for its fog and suffers from very heavy air pollution. Foggy weather is most prevalent during spring and winter days, which gives this city a nickname of "the Fog Capital" ( ). This special weather once protected Chongqing from being overrun by the Imperial Japanese Army during World War II. However, the city government has been aggressively trying to improve its air quality in recent years . The so called "blue sky days" (days with air quality within or better than slight pollution) number have been on the rise.


Commercial skyscrapers and high-rise buildings around the People's Liberation Monument in downtown Jeifangbei.
Chongqing was separated from Sichuanmarker province and made into a municipality in its own right in March 1997 in order to accelerate its development and subsequently China's relatively poorer western areas (see China Western Development strategy). An important industrial area in western China, Chongqing is also rapidly urbanizing. For instance, statistics suggest that new construction added approximately 137,000 square meters (1.5 million square feet) daily of usable floor space to satisfy demands for residential, commercial and factory space. In addition, more than 1,300 people moved into the city daily, adding almost 100 million yuan (US$15 million) to the local economy.

Traditionally, due to its geographical remoteness, Chongqing and neighboring Sichuanmarker are important military bases in weapons research and development. Chongqing's industries have now diversified but unlike eastern China, its export sector is small due to its inland location. Instead, factories producing local-oriented consumer goods such as processed food, autos, chemicals, textiles, machinery, and electronics are common.

Chongqing is China's third-largest center of motor vehicle production and the largest for motorcycles. In 2007, it had an annual output capacity of 1 million automobiles and 8.6 million motorcycles. Leading makers of cars and motor bikes include Changan Automotive Corp - China's fourth biggest automaker and Lifan Hongda Enterprise. The municipality is also one of the 9 largest iron and steel centres in China and one of the three major aluminium producers. Important manufacturers include Chongqing Iron and Steel Company and South West Aluminium - Asia's largest aluminum plant. Agriculture remains significant. Rice and fruits (especially oranges) are the area's main produce. Natural resources are also abundant with large deposits of coal, natural gas, and more than 40 kinds of minerals such as strontium and manganese,Coal reserves ≈ 4.8 billion tonnes. Chuandong Natural Gas Field is China's largest inland gas field with deposits of around 270 billion m³ - more than 1/5 of China's total. Has China's largest reserve of strontium (China has the world's 2nd biggest strontium deposit). Manganese is mined in the Xiushan area. although the mining sector has been criticised for being wasteful, heavily-polluting, and unsafe. Chongqing is also planned to be the site of a 10-million-ton-capacity refinery operated by CNPC (parent company of PetroChina) to process imported crude oil from the Sino-Burma pipelines. The pipeline itself, though not yet finished, will eventually run from Sittwemarker (in Myanmar's western coast) through Kunmingmarker in Yunnanmarker province before reaching Chongqing and it will provide China with fuels sourced from Myanmar, the Middle East, and Africa. Recently, there has been a drive to move up the value chain by shifting towards hi-tech and knowledge-intensive industries resulting in new development zones such as the Chongqing New North Zone (CNNZ). Chongqing's local government is hoping through the promotion of favorable economic policies for the electronics and information technology sectors, that it can create a 400 billion RMB high tech manufacturing hub which will surpass its auto industry and account for 25% of its exports.

The city has also invested heavily in infrastructure to attract investment. The network of roads and railways connecting Chongqing to the rest of China have been expanded and upgraded reducing logistical costs. Furthermore, the nearby Three Gorges Dammarker - the world's largest - will not only supply Chongqing with power once completed but also allows ocean-going ships to reach Chongqing's Yangtze Rivermarker port. These infrastructure improvements have led to the arrivals of several foreign investors in industries ranging from auto to finance and retailing such as Ford, Mazda, HSBC, Standard Chartered Bank, Wal-Martmarker, and Carrefour.

Chongqing's nominal GDP in 2008 reached 509.7 billion yuan (US$73.4 billion) while registering an annual growth of 14.3%. However, its overall economic performance is still lagging behind eastern coastal cities such as Shanghai. For instance, its per capita GDP was 18,025 yuan (US$2,595) - below the national average. Nevertheless, there is a massive government support to transform Chongqing into the region's economic, trade, and financial centre and use the municipality as a platform to open up the country's western interior to further development.

Organised crime

In the first decade of the 21st century, the city became notorious for organised crime and corruption. Gangsters oversaw businesses involving billions of yuan and the corruption reached into the law-enforcement and justice systems. In 2009, city authorities under the auspices of municipal Communist Party secretary Bo Xilai undertook a massive crackdown, arresting 4,893 suspected gangsters, 'outlaws' and corrupt cadres, leading to optimism that the period of gangsterism was over.

Economic and technological development zones

The city includes a number of economic and technological development zones:
  • Chongqing Chemical Industrial Park
  • Chongqing Economic & Technological Development Zone
  • Chongqing Hi-Tech Industry Development Zone
  • Chongqing New North Zone (CNNZ)
  • Chongqing Export Processing Zone
  • Jianqiao Industrial Park (located in Dadukou District)


Chongqing is served by the Chongqing People's Broadcast Station as the largest radio station. The only municipal-level TV network is Chongqing TV station, claimed to be the 4th largest television station. Chongqing Daily is the largest newspaper group, controlling more than 10 newspapers and one website.


River port

Chongqing is the biggest inland river port in western China. Historically, most of its transportation, especially to eastern China, is via the Yangtze River.


Chongqing is a major rail hub in south central China.

  • Chongqing-Chengdu (Sichuanmarker province) railway
  • Chongqing-Guiyang (Guizhoumarker province) railway
  • Chongqing-Xiangfan (Hubeimarker province) railway
  • Chongqing-Huaihua (Hunanmarker province) railway
  • Chongqing-Suining (Sichuanmarker province) express railway
  • Chongqing Wanzhou-Yichang (Hubeimarker province) railway (under construction)
  • Chongqing-Lanzhou (Gansumarker province) railway (under construction)


  • Chongqing-Chengdu highway
  • Chongqing-Wanzhou-Yichang highway (Wanzhou-Yichang section under construction)
  • Chongqing-Guiyang highway
  • Chongqing-Dazhou-Xi'a highway (Dazhou-Xi'an section under construction)
  • Chongqing-Suining highway
  • Chongqing-Nanchong Expressway
  • China National Highway 210
  • China National Highway 212


Chongqing Jiangbei International Airportmarker, located in Yubei district, north of Chongqing, provides links to most parts of China and to other countries. In year 2007, a total of 10,355,730 person-time transporting volume was reported, which ranks this airport as the 10th largest one in China and the third largest one in southwest China.

Public transportation

The three main forms of public transport in Chongqing are metro and light rail rapid transit, and intercity railway, alongside the ubiquitous bus system.

According to the Chongqing Municipal Government's ambitious plan in May 2007, Chongqing is going to invest 150 billion RMB over 13 years to finish a system that combines underground metro lines with light rail. By 2020 this network will consist of 6 straight lines and 1 circular line; Line 1 will be an underground metro while Lines 2 and 3 will be light rail. These improvements will add 363.5 kilometers of road and railway to the existing transportation infrastructure and 93 new train stations will be added to the 111 stations that are already in place. only one rail line, the 19 km long Chongqing light rail line 2 (project 1), had been finished.

By 2050 Chongqing is planned to have ten railway lines, totaling 513 kilometres, with 270 stations.

Culture & Tourism

Chongqing has a number of tourist attractions.

As the provisional Capital of China for almost ten years (1937 to 1945), it was also known as one of the three headquarters of the Allies. Chongqing has many historical World War II buildings or sites(unfortunately some of them were destroyed):
  • The People's Liberation Monument, located in the center of Chongqing city, attracts many visitors. It was the highest building in the area but currently is surrounded and dwarfed by numerous shopping centres. Actually this monument tower was originally named as "Monument for the victory over Axis armies" and it is the only building in whole China area for that purpose. Even today, the monument serves as the symbol for the city.
  • Chongqing Museum
  • Stilwell Museum for General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell.
  • Great Hall of the People -based on the one in Beijingmarker
  • Renmin Hotel
  • Luohan Si -Ming-era temple
  • The cemetery for world war II air forces (空军坟)in Nanshan area (南山)in memory of those air force heroes who sacrificed their lives to help China during the Japanese invasion;
  • The former sites for embassies of major countries during 1940s since Chungking was Capital at that time and many residence buildings/sites for the celebrities at that time (Chiang Kai-shek, H.H. Kong, 老舍Lao She, 梁实秋Liang Shiqiu et al.);
  • Red Rock Village Museum is a diplomatic site for the Communist Party in Chongqing led by Zhou Enlai during World War II. It's where Mao Zedong signed the "Double 10 (October 10th) peace agreement" with the Kuomingtang.

Besides those historical places, Chongqing also has many other attractions:

  • The Dazu Rock Carvingsmarker (Chinese: 大足石刻; pinyin: Dàzú Shíkè), in Dazu county, are a series of Chinese religious sculptures and carvings, dating back as far as the 7th century A.D., depicting and influenced by Buddhist, Confucian and Taoist beliefs. Listed as a UNESCOmarker World cultural Heritage Site, the Dazu Rock Carvings are made up of 75 protected sites containing some 50,000 statues, with over 100,000 Chinese characters forming inscriptions and epigraphs.
  • The natural bridges (天生三桥)and Furong Cave in Wulong were listed as a World natural Heritage site (part of South China Karst).
  • Ciqikou is an ancient 1000-year-old town in the Shapingba District of Chongqing. It is otherwise known as Small Chongqing. The town, located at the lower reaches of the Jialing River, was at one time an important source of chinawares and used to be a busy commercial dock during the Ming and Qing Dynasty.
  • Fishing Town or Fishing City (Simplified Chinese: 钓鱼城; Traditional Chinese: 釣魚城; Pinyin: diàoyúchéng), also called the “Oriental Mecca” and “the Place That Broke God's Whip”, is one of the three great ancient battlefields of China. It is famous for its resistance to the Mongol armies in the latter half of the Song Dynasty. One of the most notable events was the death of Mongol leader Mongke Khan by cannon shot, which forced the immediate withdrawal of Mongol troops from Europe and Asia and prevented the Mongolian Empire from expanding towards Africa and Western Europe.
  • Hot pot is Chongqing's local culinary specialty. Tables in hotpot restaurants usually have a central vat (or pot) where food ordered by the customers is boiled in a very spicy broth. As well as beef, pork, lotus and other vegetables, items such as pig's kidney, brain, duck's bowels, and cow's stomach are often consumed.
  • The city is home to one of the largest public assembly buildings in China, the Great Hall of the People which, though built in modern times, emulates traditional architectural styles. It is adjacent to the densely populated and hilly central district, with narrow streets and pedestrian only walkways.
  • A modern and well stocked zoo exhibits many national and regional animals, including the Giant Panda and the extremely rare South China Tiger.


Colleges and universities

Chongqing University 重庆大学 founded in 1929 Southwest University 西南大学 founded in 1906 Chongqing Institute of Technology 重庆理工大学 founded in 1941 Chongqing Jiaotong University 重庆交通大学 Chongqing Normal University 重庆师范大学 Chongqing Technology and Business University 重庆工商大学 Chongqing Three Gorges University 重庆三峡学院 Chongqing University of Posts and Telecommunications 重庆邮电大学 Yangtze Normal University 长江师范学院 founded in 1931 Sichuan Fine Arts Institute 四川美术学院 Sichuan International Studies University 四川外语学院 founded in 1950 Southwest University of Political Science and Law 西南政法大学 Third Military Medical University 第三军医大学 Chongqing University of Arts and Sciences 重庆文理学院 Chongqing Medical University 重庆医科大学 Chongqing University of Science and Technology 重庆科技学院 Logistical Engineering University 后勤工程学院 founded in 1961

International Schools


Professional sports teams in Chongqing include:

International relations

Twin towns — Sister cities

Chongqing is twinned with:

Chongqing Municipality has a Memorandum of Understanding (a form of twinning arrangement) with Walesmarker, UKmarker and became a 'sister region' of Wales in March 2008.

In June 2007, a twinning agreement between Chongqing and Sør-Trøndelagmarker was signed.


Chongqing area's dialect is somewhat different from Standard Mandarin, as it is a Southwest Mandarin dialect. Most differences are phonological, though some lexical differences are observed as well. A significant difference is the velar nasal initial, ŋ- in the words 澳, 咬, 硬, 我, 爱, 安, which are [ŋao], [ŋao], [ŋən], [ŋo], [ŋai], [ŋan], respectively. Chongqing dialect itself has influences from dialects all over Southern China, such as Min Nan or Wu.

Other dialects are also spoken in Chongqing as well: The second most spoken dialect is Wu, at 11%. The third and fourth most spoken dialects in Chongqing are Xiang at 6%, and Hakka at 5.5%.

See also


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  9. BBC NEWS | Business | China's west seeks to impress investors
  10. A survey in 2005 by China’s State Environmental Protection Administration (SEPA) found 13 firms in the manganese triangle had breached targets on the release of hexavalent chromium and ammonia-nitrogen – in the worst case, by a factor of 180. The clean-up ordered by SEPA resulted in firms closing and the expenditure of 280 million yuan.
  11. Asia Times Online :: China Business News : China-Myanmar pipeline projects on track
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  13. The China Perspective :: China Business News : HP Foxcom Setup Laptop Plants in Chongqing
  14. Chongqing Investment Zone Profiles
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  16. Ford weighs third China plant to meet demand | Reuters
  17. Innovative City in West China Chongqing (PDF) - Jon Sigurdson and Krystyna Palonka of Stockholm School of Economics, EIJS - retrieved on February 1, 2009.
  18. Chongqing on the mend after crackdown on criminal gangs, SCMP, Oct 05, 2009
  19. Chongqing Daily (23 March 2008)
  20. Why Chongqing? Wales Week The Trade Mission Chongqing, 1 – 8 March
  21. Chongqing Municipality and Sør-Trøndelag county signs Twinning-Agreement (Norway - the official site in China)


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