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Surrounded by water on 3 sides, Chongqing is situated at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. With beautiful hills and mountains the “Mountain City” has long been reputed for its wonderful scenery. Chongqing is one of the major cosmopolitan centres of inland China, the most economically important city in the southwest, and one of the biggest cities in the world. In 1997 the city and the surrounding region became a municipality in its own right, one of only four in China, a fact that the Chongqing people are fiercely proud of. The region receives relatively large numbers of international tourists and investment. In spite of this, life here is more casual, relaxed, and intimate than you would find living in major metropolitan areas elsewhere, due to the laid back nature of the Sichuan people.

The city is the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, which explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges. Other attractions include the UNSECO recognized Dazu Rock Carvings and the Gold Buddhist Mountain, a rich repository of diverse animals and plants. Ancient Ciqikou village lies within city limits and offers an opportunity to explore rustic streets, buy local handicrafts, and sample authentic Sichuan street food.

The climate is sub-tropical, with the two-season monsoonal variations typical of South Asia. Known as one of the “three furnaces” of China, (the other two being Wuhan and Nanjing), the summers are famously hot and the temperature can be as high as 40C (102F), but with great heat comes great air conditioning keeping the both the living and working conditions comfortable. Winter brings wet and mild weather. Snow is a true rarity and most days see the sky shift between fog and sunshine. The annual average temperature here is 18C, (64F), with lows of 6 to 8C, (42-46F) in winter and highs of 27 to 29C, (80-84F) in summer.

The city’s transport system is constantly improving, with the new bullet train to Chengdu or the new subway lines currently being built. Chongqing’s airport, bus, rail, and ferry service provide numerous ways to get in or out of the city and travel onwards throughout China. The international airport has daily flights to both domestic and international destinations. Most travelers arrive in Chongqing via bus or rail but a good portion depart via the Yangtze River on a scenic cruise to Wuhan or further points east. Chengdu is now 2 hours to the west (using the new bullet train) and Guiyang is 8 hours on an overnight train to the south.

The city itself is broken up into a number of districts by its winding rivers and mountainous topography. Each district is relatively autonomous from the others, and it is possible to live comfortably without vehicular transportation. If you need to move faster, you can catch a taxi, starting at just five yuan. For longer distances, take the bus or metro line for even less than a taxi.

China is the place for food, goes an old saying, but Sichuan is the place for flavor. Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hot pot dishes. Street vendors and restaurants alike feature exciting and spicy delicacies. Geography, climate, and the uniqueness of Sichuan’s people have given this region a unique style of cooking all its own. You will quickly notice abundant usage of homemade noodles, ginger, garlic, and various forms of chilies. The food here is usually spicy and very flavorful, and many find it to be among the most interesting cuisines of Asia. If you come to China in search of food, you’re looking at the right place.




March Semester 2014
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