Chongqing 重庆市

China is characteristic of a variety of traditions and cultural peculiarities, which greatly differ from region to region. Chongqing, formerly romanized as Chungking is a major city in Southwest China and one of the five national central cities in the People´s Republic of China (PRC). Chongqing has long been a staging post for river journeys and a gateway to China's wild west. With its steep hills, raging rivers and spicy food, there's something for everyone. Overlooking the confluence of the Yangtze and the Jialing Rivers, Chongqing is known throughout China as the "Mountain City. Many of city's hills are so precipitous that bicycles are scarce and motorcycles a far more common sight. Largely determined by its mountainous topography, Chongqing's districts are spread over a series of hilltops and separated by major rivers.

To gain experienced pilots the salaries for foreign specialists are an average of 30% higher than the ones paid for Chinese specialists. The trend is monitored industry-wide and while competing for new employees local carriers are offering them relatively similar remuneration packages. Under such circumstances it is only natural that foreign specialists tend to consider a variety of secondary factors before choosing the next base in their career. Renowned as the Mountain City, Chongqing attracts visitors from home and abroad for its cultural heritage and tourist attractions. Its landform is uneven and the buildings there distribute in an intriguing way. In Chongqing, there are many karst caves, hot springs and gorges. Picturesque landscapes are so enchanting as to make tourists forget to return.

One of the main reasons why pilots are increasingly opting for Chongqing as their next place to live is a much slower pace of life as compared to other Chinese cities. Considering the already tense working conditions and occupational stress, pilots will find Chongqing to be a relaxing place to live with breath-taking landscapes. Unlike such metropolitan cities as Shanghai or Beijing, Chongqing is considerably less polluted and crowded meaning that the pilots choosing to reside in the city are subject to less health-threatening conditions and rarely have to deal with highly stressful rush hours.

Chongqing is situated at the transitional area between the Qinghai-Tibet Plateau and the plain on the middle and lower reaches of the Yangtze River in the sub-tropical climate zone often swept by moist monsoons. It often rains at night in late spring and early summer, and thus the city is famous for its "night rain in the Ba Mountains. The municipality reaches a maximum width of 470 kilometer’s from east to west, and a maximum length of 450 km from north to south


Chongqing is as well a cheap major city in China when it comes to food and transportation costs. Chongqing´s food is largely a hybrid of Sichuan cuisine and local specialty dishes. Chongqing's city centre has many restaurants and food stalls where meals often cost less than RMB 10. Local specialties here include dumplings and pickled vegetables and, different from many other Chinese cuisines, Chongqing dishes are suitable for the solo diner as they often served in small individual sized portions.

Yet, unlike many other multimillion Chinese cities, Chongqing offers less stressful and more comfortable living conditions, which is certainly a major factor for anyone moving to China.






ca. 316 BCE



 - County-level

 - Township-level


21 districts, 17 counties

1259 towns, townships, and subdistricts




 • Type





 • Municipality

82,403 km2 (31,816 sq mi)


 • Urban

5,472.8 km2 (2,113.1 sq mi)



237 m (778 ft)


Population (2010)


 • Municipality



 • Urban






Time zone

China Standard (UTC+8)


Postal code

4000 00 - 4099 00


Area code(s)






 - Total

CNY 1.27 trillion

US$ 207.18 billion (23rd)


 - Per capita

CNY 43,197

US$ 7,047 (13th)


HDI (2010)

0.689 (17th) — medium


City flower



City tree

Ficus lacor






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