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Chongqing Municipality, one of the four direct-controlled municipalities of China, is situated in the southwest of China and the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It borders province of Hunan to the southeast, Hubei to the east, Guizhou to the south, Sichuan province to the west and Shaanxi to the north. It is abbreviated to Yu.

Geography and climate

Chongqing is known as a "Mountain City” as there are the Dabie Mountains located in the north, the Wu Mountains stand in the east, the Wuling Mountains in the southwest and the Dalou Mountains in the south. The whole Chongqing is characterized by mountains and hills with the terrain declines from the north and the south to the Yangtze River valley. The Yangtze River runs through Chongqing from the west to the east, forming the famous great Three Gorges by cutting through the Wu Mountains at three places. Except the Yangtze River, there are other major rivers in Chongqing, like Jialing River, Wu River, Fu River and so on.

Climate of Chongqing belongs to humid subtropical monsoon climate with abundant rainfall, mild winters and hot summers. Summers in Chongqing are so hot and long, thus it has the name of "Furnace City”. Also Chongqing is called foggy city as there is much fog from the end of autumn to early spring and it is one of the cities that has the shortest sunshine time in China.


Bayu Culture is one of the distinctive national cultures in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It is originated from Chongqing and has been developed as a local traditional culture featured by Chongqing spirits. Chuan Opera is an important part of Chongqing city. It is the popular local operas in Chongqing with fascinating traditional techniques and rich performance styles. Also Chongqing culture is famous for its distinct hot-pot culture, unique Chuanjiang Haozi and its traditional culture of Dazu Rock Carvings.


With a long history and thick culture background, Chongqing is rich with tourist resources in natural beautiful sceneries and cultural relics. There are the Dazu Rock Carvings, Wuxi County, the Three Natural Bridges, the Three Gorges, Fishing Town, Fairy Mountain, Xueyu Cave, Ciqikou, the Chongqing Zoo, Luo han Si, Kuomintang and so on to see and enjoy at Chongqing city.
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