Chongqing

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Introduction:Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. It is situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Riv..

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Chongqing Introduction

Chongqing is a port city with the largest municipal area and population in China. It is situated in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers in southwest China. With an area of 82,400 square kilometers (31, 800 square miles), Chongqing shares borders with the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. Besides the Han who form the majority of its total population of 30.9 million, numerous ethnic groups reside in Chongqing, including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, You and Tujia.
  With a history of over 3,000 years, Chongqing, the birthplace of Ba and Yu culture is o­ne of the least well known but most important historical cities in all of China. Today, little of this interesting past is visible and the city is essentially an industrial mass. Much of it is dirty and seedy but there is a lively atmosphere prevalent about the place that often goes hand in hand with the more "hardcore" cities in China.
The area known as Chongqing became the capital of the Ba State in the 11 century BC under the mythical King of the Yu. By the 12th Century AD, this small city had grown in size and was renamed Chongqing, meaning "Double happiness" in Chinese.Despite the name, the city in fact has a rather turbulent past, and the residents here have spent much of their history keeping invaders out. In 1242 Chongqing put up a defence against the Mongols and in 1937, the Kuomingtang fled here from the Japanese. The city withstood attack and was o­ne of the last Kuomingtang bastions. In 1997, Chongqing separated from Sichuan to become an independent prefecture in its own right. Today, this vast southwestern dynamo is known as Chongqing Municipality
Today, Chongqing is a modern city, China's fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. The focal point of the unique Yangtze Three Gorges Dam, Chongqing is a tourist attraction as well as a commercial city.
Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and other tourist attractions. The city is the starting point for the Yangtze River Cruise, which explores the stunning scenery of the Three Gorges. Other attractions include the Dazu Rock Carvings , valuable works of art carved during the Ninth Century, Gold Buddhist Mountain, a rich repository of diverse animals and plants; and Fishing Town, o­ne of three ancient battlefields in China. Ancient Ci Qi Kou village lures tourists to linger in its streets to buy handicraft souvenirs.
Chongqing is famous for its hot Sichuan cuisine and world-famous hotpot dishes. Street vendors as well as restaurants feature exciting spicy delicacies for the adventurers.

Chongqing Traffic

By Air
Currently, Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport (CKG) has 58 domestic and foreign city connections and 70 foreign and domestic airlines operate scheduled flights to Chongqing. Except for Hohhot in Inner Mongolia, all the capital cities of China's provinces have connections to Chongqing. With flights between Chongqing and foreign cities such as Seoul, Tokyo, Nagoya, Bangkok, Munich, and Dusseldorf, tourists can easily reach Chongqing by plane.
To buy plane tickets, it's best to go to the ticket office at No.161, Zhong Shan San Road. They're open from 07:30 to 20:00 each day. Many hotels also offer a ticket booking service.
The main airport Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport is in a northeast suburb of Chongqing, 21kilometers (13 miles) away from the city center. Outside the terminal building you will find airport buses and taxis. All of them shuttle between the airport and the city center every day. A o­ne way ticket for the shuttle bus is CNY 15 per person. They run every 30 minutes from the terminal in the city center located in front of the air ticket center of the Chongqing Civil Aviation at Shangqing Temple (Shangqing Si). If you choose a taxi, the fare is approximately CNY 100, but you need to bargain with the driver before leaving to get the best price.
By Train
There are now three large railway stations in Chongqing: o­ne is Chongqing Railway Station (Caiyuanba Railway Station) which is close to Jiefangbei downtown area; the second is Shapingba Railway Station which is located in the Shapingba District; the third is Chongqing North Railway Station which is a newly built station located near Longtou Temple in Yubei District. So pay attention to the station name when buying a train ticket and make sure know how to get there.
Chongqing Railway Station is the center of railway transportation in the Chongqing area. It is at the junction of three main national trunk lines: the Chuan-Qian Railroad (from Chongqing in the north to Guiyang in the south), the Cheng-Yu Railroad (from Chengdu in the west to Chongqing in the east) and the Xiang-Yu Railroad (from Xiangfan, Hubei in the east to Chongqing in the west). o­n these three lines, travelers can go to most cities in China, including Beijing, Shanghai, Xian, and Chengdu. Although the Chongqing North Railway Station is a bit far from the downtown area, the bus transportation from outside this station is very convenient: There are four bus lines 105, 168, 202, 421 which take passengers from right outside the station to the city zone and another two bus lines 119 and 869 which are just 500 meters (about a quarter of a mile) away from the station. Moreover, Longtou Temple Temporary Coach Station which is located at the left outside of the station operates from 08:00 and 17:00 each day and has services going to destinations such as Dazu, Rongchang, Chengdu, Zizhong, Neijiang, Yibin, Zigong, Dazhou, Yuechi, Guang'an.
By Water
The Chongqing Chaotianmen Dock, at the junction of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, is o­ne of the busiest ports in China. Chongqing is the best starting point for a Yangtze River Cruise. Taking a cruise ship from Chongqing down the Yangtze River to Wuhan Yichang is now a popular tourist trip. Choose a deluxe cruise ship so that you can have a pleasant and memorable experience o­n the Yangtze River. There are four categories of ships: the star-rated ship, the foreign tourist ship, the domestic tourist ship, and the common passenger ship
Road
There are over 10 long distance bus station in Chongqing: Chongqing bus station, Shapingba Bus station,Chong north bus station, Jiefangbei bus station, Kaixuan road bus station, Chongqing yingbin bus station and so o­n. The stations operate services to places around chongqing and cities in Sichuang.
Chongqing bus stations Tel :023-63873196
Shapingba District Bus Terminal Tel :023-65336881
Chongqing north bus station Tel :023-67853898
Chongqing yingbin bus station Tel :023-63736778
By City Bus
Public transportation in town is very convenient within nearly 300 bus lines operating. Normally, buses run from 05:30 to 21:00 and the ticket fare is CNY 1 or 2. There are other options such as minibuses, air conditioned buses, and tourist routes. A word of warning: city buses are very crowded during rush hours, so try to avoid them at these times.
By Taxi
The taxis in Chongqing are yellow. Normally the base price is CNY 5 for the beginning 3 kilometers (about 2 miles) and CNY1.8 for each additional kilometer. Like many cities around the world, time while stationary and moving at low speeds is also metered, CNY 5 toll should be paid when you cross the Yangtze River Bridge or the Jialing River Bridge. The rate from 22:00 to 06:00 is slightly higher. Usually, a short journey within 10 kilometers (about 6.miles) costs no more than CNY 20.
By Escalator
Believe it or not, escalators are part of the transportation system in Chongqing due to its rugged terrain. The escalator near Chongqing Railway Station is said to be the longest in Asia. There is also o­ne o­n Kaixuan Road. A small fare is charged for taking the escalators.
By Cableway
The Jialing River and the Yangtze River at Chongqing can be crossed by cable car. The Jialing River Cableway spans the Jialing River and connects Cangbai Road in the Yuzhong District and Jinsha Street in the Jiangbei District. The Yangtze River Cableway o­n Xinhua Road crosses the Yangtze River. They run from 07:00 to 21:00. It costs CNY 1.5 per person and takes four to five minutes o­ne-way to cross the cableways.
By Light Rail
Chongqing has plans to build ten rail lines. The first city rail line in western China, light rail line No. 2, went into operation o­n June 18, 2005. It runs between the east Jiaochangkou of Jiefangbei (Liberation Monument) Commercial Circle and Xinshan Village of Gaodukou District, passing through Linjiang Men, Huanghua Yuan, Zengjiayan, Niujiaotuo, Daping, Xiejiawan and the zoo. The fare varies from CNY 2 to 4.

Chongqing Festivals

The Mid-Autumn Festival: it falls o­n the 15th day of the 8th lunar month, usually in October in Gregorian calendar.people will enjoy the full moon and eat moon cakes o­n that day.The moon looks extremely round, big and bright o­n the 15th day of each lunar month. People selected the August 15 to celebrate because it is a season when crops and fruits are all ripe and weather pleasant. o­n the Mid-Autumn Festival, all family members or friends meet outside, putting food o­n tables and looking up at the sky while talking about life. How splendid a moment it is!
The Lantern Festival:
it was the 15th day of the first lunar month--Yuanxiao Jie, known as the lantern Festival. Each year, there is an exhibition of coloured lanterns at night. Every family hangs red lanterns over their gates. Children carry all kinds of coloured laternns and in streets and squares, coloured lantern sheds are built for lantern exhibition. Everyone goes out to see the lanterns. The city of Quanzhou in southern Fujian is shaped like a carp. The main street, five kilometres in length, runs across the city. o­n the eve of the Lantern Festival, thousands of colourful lanterns decorate the buildings along the street.
The Dragon Boat Festival :
The Dragon Boat Festival, the 5th day of the 5th lunar month, has had a history of more than 2,000 years. It is usually in June in the Gregorian calendar. Zongzi is an essential food of the Dragon Boat Festival. It is said that people ate them in the Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 BC). In early times, it was o­nly glutinous rice dumplings wrapped in reed or other plant leaves and tied with colored thread, but now the fillings are more diversified, including jujube and bean paste, fresh meat, and ham and egg yolk. If time permits, people will soak glutinous rice, wash reed leaves and wrap up zongzi themselves. Otherwise, they will go to shops to buy whatever stuff they want.On Dragon Boat Festival, parents also need to dress their children up with a perfume pouch. They first sew little bags with colorful silk cloth, then fill the bags with perfumes or herbal medicines, and finally string them with silk threads. The perfume pouch will be hung around the neck or tied to the front of a garment as an ornament. They are said to be able to ward off evil.
The Chongqing Three Gorges International Tourist Festival
Time June
Place Chongqing
Activities
A grand opening ceremony and theatrical performances. Local-style food and delicacies are offered. Sightseeing, investigations of places of scenic value and historic interest, and investment negotiations are orgzanized.
Haozi Festival: the festival is o­n March 3rd , o­n that day , people always eat haozi ,so it is called haozi festival. o­n the festival, people will hang osier branches o­n their doors and hang up a colourful flag made of silk, paper before the tombs to scrafice their ancestors.

Chongqing Service Telephones

Chongqing tourism quality supervision and management
Hours :8:30-11 :30,14:00-17: 00
Complaints Phone: (023) 63890134
Fax: (023) 3851448
Address: dongzi lanyazheng street 63, yuzhong district, chongqing city

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Complaints Phone: (010) 65275315
Fax: (010) 65201522,65122096
Address: Jianguomen street 9,Beijing city
Zip Code: 100740

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