Chongqing 重庆, China PRC

I was born and raised in Chongqing, a major city in the southwest China.

Chongqing is acknowledged as a "city on rivers". The Yangtze River runs through the whole area from west to east, and the Jialing River joins it at the center of the city (image left). There are 20 bridges on Yangtze RIver and 28 bridges on Jialing River in the urban area of Chongqing (until 2014), which gains this city the title "Bridge Capital of China" (image right: Caiyuanba Yangtze River Bridge ).

Chongqing is also known as a "mountain city" because it is not only surrounded by mountains, but also built on mountains. The whole city slopes down from north and south towards the Yangtze River valley with sharp rises and falls, which gives this city unique geographical sceneries. For instance, the monorail train might run through an apartment building (image left). Enormous overpasses with many layers and ramps are also widely built in the city to accommodate the landscape (image right).

The history of Chongqing can be dated back to 314 BC, when the Stae of Qin controlled this area and established the Jiangzhou City, which marks the birth of Chongqing as an official city in history. It had then been ruled by several governments and obtained several names, until 1189 AD, when Emperor Guangzong renamed the city as "Chongqing" (literal meaning: double celebrations), to celebrate that he was promoted as the king and the emperor during the time he governed here. (Image left: a map of the city in 1886; Image right: the Dazu Rock Carvings in Chongqing, which dates back to the 7th century AD).

People of Chongqing are know to enjoy a relaxed lifestyle. Their favorite way to dine is to have Hot Pot (火锅) with friends and families (image left), which is prepared with a simmering pot of hot soup, and ingredients are placed and cooked in the pot. In their leisure time, they would most likely play Mahjong (麻将), which is a tile-based board game that requires strategy and a degree of chance. It is also a nice way of keeping yourself cool during the summer in Chongqing, which can be incredibly hot and humid, if you set the table in the water (image right).