On Monday, Chongqing celebrated the tenth anniversary of the its establishment as a municipality. Approved on March 18, 1997, the city became China’s fourth centrally-administered municipality after Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin.
Chongqing has been called “the megalopolis you’ve never heard of,” which is probably true for most people outside China. Designated a municipality in 1997, the area was brought under direct control of Beijing to spearhead and manage the Three Gorges Dam project. Its population of 31 million make it the world’s largest city by some definitions, although the metropolitan area has only about 12 million people – expected to rise to 20 million in 10 years. Located in a rugged valley and bisected by the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, it has for centuries been a strategically important city for trade in and out of China.
Chongqing GDP and growth statistics:
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Chongqing has massively improved it’s previously dreadful air quality by changing all public transport – buses, mini-buses and taxis – over to natural gas power. The effect of the air quality has been remarkable, and the only other Asian city I know of to have taken this step is Delhi. Again, a significant improvement.
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