Chongqing is a major city in the central-western region of China, and has long been one of the most important economical and administrative cities for the entire country. In the course of its history it has been a municipality under the Republic of China, as well as a wartime capital during the second Sino-Japanese War. It is a major starting point for trips down the Yangtze River, as it straddles the Jialing River just upstream from where it converges with the Yangtze, at the edge of the Yungui Plateau. It is an extremely humid region, with summers that are notoriously muggy to the point that travelers who have respiratory problems are generally warned about going during the summer months.
Chongqing is a massive city, making for an extremely confusing trip for some travelers, an issue that is only made worse by the fact that the two rivers dissecting the city join efforts with the various hills and valleys which the city is built on top of, earning it the nickname of “the mountain city” over the years and creating a dizzying array of streets and junctions that can leave the unwary traveler woefully lost. Thankfully, public transportation is relatively inexpensive, and as long as you pay close attention you won’t have too many problems.
Most of Chongqing’s beauty comes from the surrounding countryside, with the city itself being built into the hills and mountains rising up from the rivers. Since it is a major city it boasts all the modern amenities that a traveler could want, which is one of the reasons why this is such a popular place for travelers looking to explore the surrounding regions and rivers. It might look a little grungy and rundown at first glance, but just like you can't judge a book by its cover, you shouldn't judge Chongqing by its exterior. This is the beating heart of the region, and easily one of the best non-touristy places to visit in China.