Political Status

Independent municipality reporting to the Central Government (19 districts, 17 counties, and 4 autonomous counties)

Location Southwest China on the Yangtze (Changjiang) and Jialing rivers
Climate/ Terrain Subtropical / Mountainous
Area 82,400 square km — about the size of Austria

31.5 million in the entire municipal jurisdiction
6.2 million in city of Chongqing urban core
10 million in city of Chongqing metropolitan area


Focus of China’s “Go West” development initiative
Industrial, commercial, and transportation hub and river port


automobiles and motorcycles • chemicals and pharmaceuticals construction and building materials • food processing • tourism high tech: IT • bioengineering • environmental technology

Agriculture rice • grains • vegetable oils • fruits/citrus • medicinal plants • tea
Resources abundant in:  coal • natural gas • minerals
Education 34 universities and colleges • 1000 specialized institutions

Dazu Buddhist Stone Carvings (a UNESCO World Heritage Site)
China Yangtze Three Gorges Museum (antiquities, art, folk art)
Sichuan Fine Arts Institute (among top four in China)
Sichuan Opera Troupe • Chongqing Acrobatic Troupe
Tongliang Dragon Dance Team (famous across China)
49 minority groups totaling 1.75 million people

City Names The Mountain City and The River City
Official Botanicals Camellia flower • Banyan (huangge) tree (Ficus lacor)          

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