Chongqing is a fast-growing port city in western inland China located at the confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers.
One of four directly controlled municipalities in China - along with Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin – Chongqing has benefited from a government policy to revitalise the western part of the country and address the inequalities between the rich eastern coastline and the poor western interior.
Since the beginning of the 21st century, Chongqing has experienced extraordinary growth. Its famous Three Gorges Dam is the world’s biggest hydroelectric project.
Chongqing produces more motorcycles than any other city in China, is one of China’s biggest car manufacturers and is a centre for iron, steel and aluminium. The area is also rich in natural resources, with large deposits of coal, natural gas and other minerals.
As the city grows in size and importance, a shift to high technology and knowledge-driven industries is taking place. Chongqing aims to produce one-third of the world’s notebook computers by 2015, funded by foreign direct investment.
Chongqing is by no means a ‘new’ city. Founded 3,000 years ago, it got its current name in the Qin Dynasty (221-206 BC) and it is known as the cradle of Bayu culture. It served as the wartime capital during the Second Sino-Japanese War of 1937-1945.
Historically and culturally, Chongqing is part of the Sichuan province and retains a penchant for hot and spicy food.
When to go:
The best time to visit Chongqing is from March to May and from September to October.
Adjacent to the Ronghui Hot Springs and at the base of Gele Mountain, the Radisson Blu Chongqing Shapingba hotel's chic, modern rooms and suites make for a comfortable stay. In addition to free high-speed, wireless Internet access, this property also offers a fully equipped spa and hot springs centre, four on-site restaurants and meeting room space for up to 2,000 guests.
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