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Chittagong Attractions and Things to See

Chittagong sits in southeastern Bangladesh, on the banks of the Karnaphuli River, with the nation's busiest seaport, and the second biggest city in the nation. It is situated between the Bay of Bengal and the Chittagong Hill Tracts, a significant industrial and commercial center since a majority of the country's imports and exports pass through its port. It is in the preparations to become the transit country between North East India, Southwest China, parts of Burma, Nepal and Bhutan; and considered one of the ten fastest growing cities in the world. Although it is encompassed by hilly areas, it is still experiencing quick urban development that is increasing the congestion. In the early 17th century, it would called Port Grande by the Portuguese, since it was part of the Arakan Kingdom, until it would become part of the Mughal rule in 1666 and later renamed Islamabad. It is an ancient region with an excellent history and outstanding culture.

Since it has been a port city for many years, it has been visited by many different people from around the world, that would leave a lasting impact on the culture, language and religion, creating a diverse and multi-ethnic people that is seen around the city today. Its architecture reflects this various influence, and is showcased in its mosques, buildings, dargah, shrines and other masonry that bear witness to the ancient travelers to those of today. The most revered site in the city is the Dargah or Shrine of Bayazid Bostami, the celebrated saint that was born in Bostam, Iran, along with the dargah sharif, Hazrat Shah Sufi Amanat Khan that is one of the most famous in the city and showcase unusual mosque architecture.

Chittagong has become a major tourist destination in Bangladesh, with its lush green hills, sandy beaches, thick forests and outstanding cool climate that bring visitors from far and wide. It was described by the Chinese poet, Huen Tsang in the 7th century AD as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water", and then given the title of Porto Grande in the 16th century by Portuguese seafarers. Since Tsang's impressive description, it has become mentioned in numerous documents as a seaport of incredible charm and mystical beauty. In fact, the bustle of the harbor is quite a sharp contrast to the interior where the rolling hills and beautiful beaches make it a destination of great interest and intrigue.

Patenga Beach has been a favorite tourist destination, situated just outside the city, near some outstanding landmarks like the Shah Amanat International Airport and the BNS Isha Khan navy base. Sitting at the mouth of the Karnaphuli River, and close to the Bay of Bengal, it has attracted throngs of visitors from around the country and world. Although it is a beach, its width is narrow, and swimming is not recommended, since there are areas with large concrete walls and huge stones that have been placed here to stop erosion, although during the 1990s a number of kiosks and restaurants would grow up here; as well as drug-peddlers that arrive after the sun goes down. But their are many vendors that do come here to offer cold drinks, ice creams and much food to the people that do come here. The majority of these visitors come here for the magnificent sunsets and sunrises that occur regularly and amaze many to see them.

The Chittagong ethnological museum is the country's only one that provides visitors with an outstanding understanding of the heritage and lifestyles of the diverse ethnic groups that live here and have lived here. Another is the Zia Memorial Museum that is located in the old circuit house building. The city has some sports here that include football or soccer, kabaddi and tennis. 

The city has quite a few eating establishments that even includes a Pizza Hut restaurant, with many local eateries that serve local fare, as well as a number of international restaurants that serve Asian, BBQ, German, European, French, Italian and Hawaiian cuisine.