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Chungjing is located in the center of China and is a city of central importance. It is one of the countrys largest administrative units.

The history of the city is more than three thousand years old. In the beginning, the present city was originally the city of Bà – it was in the sixteenth century – 221 A.D. From that time until 220 A.D. (Yin – Eastern Han era) the structure of Ba appears here, changing from 581 to 907 to the province of Yi with a single city. At the time of the North Sunn, it changes and becomes the Huynh Province. An important period in the history of the territory is the era of the Ming and Qing dynasties, during which Chongqing served as an important transportation hub for the merchant caravans.

In 1891 a port was established in the city, and trade, shipping, processing industry and finance all flourished – the city became an open port. As time passed, the city also began to play another role – that of connecting the uppermost part of China and the Southwest of China with the outside world.

Chinas official status as a city was granted to Hongyong in 1929, and eight years later all of Chinas government agencies moved there because of Japanese occupation. After only two years, the city is not under the jurisdiction of the Chinese government. During World War II, Chongqing was the second capital of the country, and in 1946 the government of Homingdang returned to Nanking, but Chongqing remained in its charge. From 1949 to 1954, Chongqing was, one might say, the capital of Southwest China. In the middle of the 20th century, after the restoration of the administrative system, the city was under the jurisdiction of the province of Sichuan. In the 1990s, the city pursued a strategy of active development in the Yenisei Basin and was soon to be declared an open city.

The city is best known to tourists by its unofficial name, City in the Mountains. Traveling through its remote areas, one can first go to the jungle, then to the «stone forest» and, finally, to the Uluva Caves. In addition to wildlife, there are many historical monuments, including: The Han Qayshi, Han Jiechun, and Qun Xiangyu; the Hui Yongxi Memorial Complex; and the Hui Yongyuan Museum; The chained barstools of Dyayouzou; the crèche of «Dyayouzou; the Hichuan; and other many other places of interest.

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  • Air quality: 95 US AQI Moderate. Air quality is acceptable. However, there may be a risk for some people, particularly those who are unusually sensitive to air pollution.
  • Tap water: No, not drinkable
  • Religious government: Non-religious
  • Population: 30,000,000 people
  • Population density: busy: 11x11m 121m per person
  • GDP: $8,126 / year
  • Power outlets: 230V50Hz
  • Internet: 2 Mbps Internet in Chongqing is fast averaging 16 Mbps but the Great Firewall slows down speeds to foreign websites by 8x to 2 Mbps.
  • Best wireless: China Unicom
  • Pay without cash: No, cash only esp. for foreigners because WeChat is very hard to set up
  • Tipping: Tipping in China is generally uncommon and can even be considered rude or embarrassing in some circumstances. Seriously. Leaving money on a table in an authentic restaurant may confuse a staff member or cause them stress. … Even worse, gratuity is illegal in airports and some establishments.
  • Apartment listings: Somerset
  • Apartments: Airbnb
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  • Best coffee 24/7: Lavazza Coffee
  • Best taxi: Didi
  • Best hospital: Huaxi Hospital
  • Best short-haul air carrier: EVA Air
  • Best intl air carrier: Air China
  • Monthly costs for expat: $650
  • Monthly costs for family: $1000
  • Monthly costs for local: $290
  • Meal: $1.7
  • Small Cola: $0.3
  • Beer 1 Pint: $0.9
  • Coffee: $0.6

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