A mountain city known for hotpot and wonders

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Name: Chongqing

Population: 32,054,159 (2020)

Area: 82,403 square kilometers

Chongqing is in the connecting zone between the Tibetan Plateau and the plain of the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River. The city borders Hubei and Hunan provinces to the east, Guizhou province to the south, Sichuan province to the west, and Shaanxi province to the north.

Chongqing enjoys a Mid-Asian subtropical zone humid monsoon climate, with an average annual rainfall above 1,000 mm and an average annual temperature of 16-18 Celsius. The city is hot in the summer and warm in the winter. It has a long frost-free season.

As the cradle of Bayu culture, Chongqing boasts a written history of over 3,000 years. It also possesses a large number of tangible and intangible heritages. The city became China's first inland port open for foreign trade in 1891 and functioned as a Far East command center during World War II.

With part of the Three Gorges in its territory, Chongqing is a famous tourist city known for Wulong Karst, Dazu Rock Carvings, and Jinfo Mountain. Chongqing is also famed around the world for its spicy delicacies, featuring fire-breathing hotpot and plenty of other cuisine the city cooks up.

In 2018, Chongqing's GDP came at around 2.04 trillion yuan ($299 billion), up 6 percent from the previous year. The added value of tertiary industries was 1.07 trillion yuan, up 9.1 percent year-on-year. The import-export volume climbed 15.9 percent year-on-year to 522.26 billion yuan. Chongqing's urban residents averaged a disposable income of 34,889 yuan, up 8.4 percent year-on-year.

Administrative divisions
Chongqing consists of 26 districts including, Jiangbei, Jiulongpo, Nan'an, Beibei, Yubei, Jiangjin, and Wulong, as well as 12 counties, including Chengkou, Fengdu, Yunyang, Wushan, and Youyang Tujia and Miao autonomous counties.

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