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Chongqing had been transliterated as Chungking, and is a large city in southwest China, and one of the five national central cities of the People's Republic of China, created in 1997 and one of the cities that exist in this part of the country that has a fabulous culture and history, and is now the economic center of the Upper Yangtze region, a transportation center for the southwest region of China and a modern manufacturing hub. It is associated with the semi-legendary State of Ba that the Ba people had established in the 11th century BC, but by the 4th century BC, it would be overrun by the State of Qin. With this kind of history, there are many fascinating architectural structures that are thousands of years old and very interesting to those that have never visited the Far East before.

some eight railroad lines that either begin or end here, with a bigger number of highways. The main way for foreigners coming here would be traveling by air and they would land at the Chongqing Jiangbei International Airport that is just north of the city and offers links to the rest of China and other countries; welcoming some 10 million plus visitors or travelers passing through it. The three modes of public transportation are the rapid transit, the bus system and intercity railway, with a huge expansion in the rail system that goes into the year 2050.

Tourism is one of the newest and fastest growing ventures in the city that includes the People's Liberation Monument, the Renmin Hotel, the Chongqing Museum, Luohan Si, a Ming dynasty temple, General Joseph W. Stilwell Museum that is dedicated to General "Vinegar Joe" Stilwell, the Great Hall of the People and the Red Rock Village Museum. Other attractions include the Wuxi County that has become a major tourist area in the city, the city's zoo with national and regional animals that include the giant panda and the extremely rare South China tiger, Dazu rock carvings that are a number of religious carvings and sculptures that date back to the 7th century AD and listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, where there are over 50,000 statues, and more than 100,000 Chinese characters forming epigraphs and inscriptions, Xueyu Cave that is the only example of a pure white, jade like karst cave in the country, the Three Natural Bridges and Furong Cave in Wulong Karst National Geology Park that is also listed on the World Heritage Site list, Ciqikou that is a thousand year old town, and the Fishing town that is known as the Oriental Mecca and the Place that broke God's whip since it is one of the three great battlefields of China that is well known for its resistance to the Mongol armies that attacked it in the 12th century.

The cuisine located in the eating establishments located here can be state in two word, spicy and numbing; with the local specialty being the fare called hot pot. The hotpot restaurants here usually have a central pot or vat where the food is ordered by clientele, and boiled in a spicy broth. Other foods include lotus, beef, pork and various vegetables and items like pig's kidney, brain, duck's bowels and cow's stomach. Hot pot ingredients are usually thinly sliced meats, leafy veggies, egg dumplings, mushrooms and seafood, and eaten with a dipping sauce. This dish has a history of over a thousand years