Chongqing

Chongqing
Chongqing, municipal abbreviation "Yu", it is a famous ancient city with a verifiable history of over 3000years. And it is also the largest and most populous of China's four provincial-level municipalities, and the only one in the less densely populated western region of China. It is situated in the southeast of the Sichuan Basin and the confluence between the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. Before 14 March 1997, Chongqing was a sub-provincial city within Sichuan Province. The boundaries of Chongqing municipality reach much further into the city's hinterland than the boundaries of the other three provincial level municipalities (Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin), and much of the municipality, which spans over 80 000 km2, is rural.

Chaotianmen
Chongqing is known as a "Mountain City", it was constructed on the mountain slopes and along the riversides. It has a long history and numerous scenic spots and historic sites. Because the city is very hilly it is the only major metropolitan area in China without significant numbers of bicycles. It is renowned in particular for gardens with unique beauty.