Chinese City Fact: Chongqing

Chongqing has long been highlighted by the Chinese government as a centre for growth in Western China. This is apparent in it’s recent population growth to 32 million inhabitants in the greater urban area with neighbouring provinces and cities making up a population of 300 million in the region! The average growth in GDP has been in excess of 14% since 2000.

Chongqing Skylinephoto © 2006 David Schroeter | more info (via: Wylio)

Chongqing is one of the places that China hopes will become a Silicon Valley in China turning the economy there from a “made in China” to an “invented in China” economy. Software and high-tech business growth was 200% in 2009.

Less known is that Chongqing is called the “Chicago of China” because it acts as a gateway to the Western wilderness. It is a major transportation hub where roads, railways and rivers converge in the many valleys that make up the city. It is also known as the “Furnace of the Yangtze” both for it’s fiery food (most famously it’s hot pot) and for it’s industrial activity and summertime temperatures.

鸳鸯火锅 Spicy and Plain Hotpot - Ba Yu Ren Jia Chongqing Hotpotphoto © 2008 Alpha | more info (via: Wylio)

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