Location: Located on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and straddling the region which connects the middle and western parts of China
Area: 82,400 sq km
Climate: temperature is 24-25ºC, the average highest temp. 29-29.7ºC, the average lowest temp. 20.6-21.4ºC and the precipitation in the daytime 27-40%(light rain) during June 7-11 in the urban areas of Chongqing.
Provincial Capital: Chongqing
Map of Chongqing
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Population: 30.90 millions (March 2001)
Ethnic Groups: Han, Tibetan, Miao and other ethnic groups.
Agriculture: Chongqing has abundant produces and is an important production base of commodity grain, pork, silkworm cocoons, oranges, tangerines and leaf tobacco.
Industry: Chongqing is one of the old industrial bases in China, where three mainstay industries have taken shape, i. e., machine-building industry with automobile and motorcycle manufacture as the principal part, chemical industry laying emphasis on natural gas chemistry and pharmaceutical chemistry, and metallurgical industry represented by quality steels and aluminum materials, in addition to another four preponderant sectors, namely electronic information, foodstuff, building material and daily-use chemical product sectors, which have been fostered.
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.