Located in China's less developed west, with 31 million inhabitants Chongqing is the largest of the four provincial-level municipalities in China under direct administration by the central government. The city of Chongqing itself has 12 million inhabitants. Despite being a very old city with a history dating back to the 11th century BC, not many old buildings or structures are visible nowadays in Chongqing - in fact skyscrapers and modern buildings are everywhere. This is probably due to the heavy bombardment the city experienced during WW II or the urge of the Chinese to replace old buildings with new.
Currently Chongqing is undergoing a rapid development phase with $1 billion/month being invested in new infrastructure, as the aim is to have Chongqing ignite the economy of the less developed western region as Chicago did for the USA in the last century. As a consequence of this rapid development, but also because Chongqing is surrounded by hills blocking the exchange of air, the air in Chongqing is very heavily polluted with a thick layer of smog almost permanently covering the city. For most tourists Chongqing is the starting point for cruises on the Yangtze river through the famous Three Gorges region.
01 Pavement and billboards 02 Skyscrapers 03 Skyscrapers 04 Shopping complex and billboards 05 Street and skyscrapers 06 Liberation monument and lampposts
07 Square and skyscrapers 08 Pedestrian area and skyscrapers 09 People Liberation monument 10 Billboards and skyscrapers 11 Billboards 12 Square and skyscrapers
13 Christian church clock tower 01 Elevated road along river and ship 02 Elevated road and riverbank with buildings 03 Cargo ships along riverbank and elevated road 04 Skyline and cable car
05 Cargo ships 06 Skyline, cable railway and freighters 07 Skyline with skyscrapers and ships 08 Skyline and skyscrapers 01 Woman with handbag and skirt
02 People walking in pedestrian area 03 Chinese women shopping 04 People walking in pedestrian area 05 People walking in pedestrian area 06 People walking in pedestrian area 07 Staircase, stalls and people
08 Nuts stall and seller 09 Nuts seller 10 Nuts stall with red lamps 11 Pedestrians 01 Street, pavement and skyscrapers 02 Metropolitan plaza building entrance
03 Dried shark fin shop 04 Luohan Chinese temple 05 Residential building rear facade 06 Cable railway station on Yangtze river 07 Stock exchange building with bull and bear statues 08 Skyscrapers and Parkson department store
09 Yellow taxis and skyscrapers 10 Yellow taxis on street 11 Kings shopping mall and signboards 12 Underground station 01 Exhibition hall with steel glass facade
02 Exhibition hall with steel glass facade and square 03 Exhibition hall with steel glass facade 04 Exhibition hall with steel glass facade
05 Frontal view of steel glass 06 Frontal view of steel glass
07 Monument 08 Exhibition hall with steel glass facade 09 Convention hall building 01 Marriott hotel 02 Baleno fashion store
03 Baleno fashion store 04 Pedestrian area around People Liberation Square 05 People liberation monument 06 Shops and coloured neon lights 07 Pedestrian area around People Liberation Square 08 Shops and coloured neon lights
09 Shops and coloured neon lights 10 People liberation monument square 11 People liberation monument 12 People Liberation Square
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