Chongqing is one of four municipalities directly under the central government. Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, it is also an industrial city with an active port. Chongqing has lots of picturesque scenery since there are so many mountains. With the improved economy, and so many scenic spots, Chongqing has become an important tourist destination. There have been many ancient poems written about her natural beauty.
Lying in a subtropical monsoon climate zone, Chongqing is warm in winter and hot in summer. It is famous as a “foggy city,” with ten more foggy days per annum than London. The best time to come to Chongqing is between March and June, or from September to November.
Different from flourishing Shanghai and traditional Beijing, Chongqing has its own character. Life here is slower and more leisurely. Every day, many people can be seen drinking tea with friends along the riverbank, or playing Mahjong. Strangely, many people who live in this city have hot tempers, and a straight forward, open character. While they often speak loudly, they are very warm-hearted and are always happy to help others. The character of the locals probably has something to do with the spicy Chongqing food. From hotpot to snacks, it can be said that Chongqing people cannot eat a meal without chili.
Chongqing is a big international city, with more and more foreign companies setting up here. Life in Chongqing is very convenient, as you can buy everything you need, and you go anywhere you want by subway, bus or taxis. At night you can enjoy the amazing nightlife, with bars, street barbeques and snack markets busy until dawn.