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Chongqing (formerly Chungking) is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in China. Administratively, it is one of China’s four direct-controlled municipalities (the other three are Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and the only such municipality in inland China.

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Known as the Mountain City, Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions.

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Picturesque landscapes that is breathtaking leaving you wanting more.

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Chongqing food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local speciality dishes.

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Chongqing’s city centre has many restaurants and food stalls. Local specialities here include dumplings and pickled vegetables and, different from many other Chinese cuisines, Chongqing dishes are suitable for the solo diner as they often served in small individual sized portions.

White King Town

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Baidicheng, known as the “White King Town”, is located on the northern bank of the Yangtze River and stands at the entrance to Qutang Gorge.

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The Ba Kingdom began here over 2,000 years ago and according to the legend, Gongsun Shu started to build the town and came across a well.

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There was a white vapour that came out of the well that he regarded as a flying white dragon. This is where the name of the town came from.

Yunyang Glass Gallery Bridge

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Yunyang Glass Gallery Bridge is the longest glass bridge in the world. The bridge was built in Yunyang Longgang National Geological Park, which is located in Chongqing, China.

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The park is famous for its unique mountains and oddly-shaped rocks, which is a typical Karst landscape. The glass bridge is built on a cliff of 1010 meters’ altitude. It is 26.68 meters’ long, which is even 5 meters longer than the bridge in the Grand Canyon of America.

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There is not any shade or support under the glass bridge. It is earthquake-resistant up to 8 on the Richter scale.

Huayan Temple

Huayan Temple lies at the foot of Dalaoshan (Big and Old Mountain) in the west of Chongqing. The temple was built around a cave in the mountain cliff. Water from the mountain stream splashes all year round just like scattering flowers–the image is rooted in the ancient Chinese word for flower, which is hua–and thus the temple is named Huayan Temple.

Yangtze River Cableway

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The cableway across the Yangtze River was put into operation in 1987 to increase the efficiency of transport between the Yuzhong and Nan’an districts in Chongqing without building expensive new bridges.

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With a span of 1,166 meters (3800 feet), it is much longer than its sister cableway across the Jialing River (1982-2011), but this latter is already no longer in operation. Huge bridges will soon carry the CRT Line 6 over the Jialing River leading to Jiefangbai and finally over the Yangtze River, so there is concern that the Yangtze Cableway will be abandoned.

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Isabel Claudet
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