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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 29th 2018

Chongqing the leading river port, transportation hub and commercial and Industrial center of the upper Yangtze river ( Chang jiang) basin, located 1400 miles from the sea, at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. During the Sino Japanese war (1937-45) it was the capitol of Nationalist China. The city named Chongqing ( double blessed) in 1189 under song dynasty (1127-1279). At that time the city occupied a commanding position between Shunging and Pengshui. Chongqing since 1997 a municipal level under the direct administration of the central government , the fourth one after Beijing, shabghai and Tianjin. Both the city and the municipality have experienced quick development since then. The city is 82 square Km's population 29 Million. The climate is shielded from the Northern Cold with no less than 8 deg in winter but ... read more
Great hall
The city
Skyline chongging

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 28th 2018

Shibaozhal "Precious stone Fortress" is a hill along the banks of the Yangtze river in Zhong county, Chongging. The rocky and craggy hill has extremely steep sides and is about 200 meters tall. on the river side of the hill is a red pavilion which leans against the side of the hill providing a walkway to the temple at the top of the hill. In the year 1819, the 9 story pavilion was constructed adjacent to the cliff aid people in getting to the top of the hill. Prior to the construction of the Pavilion, visitors to the temple were hoisted to the top using a system of chains. In 1956, three more stories were added at the top of the structure. On the top of the Pagoda is a Buddhist temple. We are at sail ... read more
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Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing March 7th 2018

Die Zeit seit dem letzten Bericht war getrübt durch das Wetter und Leiden. Doch der Reihe nach: Unsere erste Zugfahrt in China mit dem HRC-Zug verlief problemlos, es gibt nur 1 Wagenklasse mit total 5 Sitzen pro Reihe, die Abteile für das Gepäck sind etwas knapp, aber der Zug fährt auch bei 300 km/h schön ruhig. In Chongqing - der grössten Stadt der Welt mit 39 Mio Einwohnern - wurden wir abgeholt für eine Besichtigung der Altstadt am Hügel und eines Parkes mit schöner Aussicht auf den einen Fluss und die Stadt (sie liegt am Zusammenfluss des Yangtse und des Nebenflusses von min. Rhein - Grösse). Wetter: tiefer Hochnebel - wie an 200 Tagen im Jahr! Vor dem Einschiffen auf der Victoria Selina gab es noch einen Bummel im hochmodernen Stadtzentrum. Das Schiff lief dann um ... read more
In der Altstadt von Chongqing
Strassenküche in Chongqing
Fussgängerzone im neuen Chongqing, mit der Säule zur Erinnerung an die Gefallenen in der Zeit der Republik

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing April 14th 2017

Another alarming fact we read before we left for China was about unreliable air travel. In fact many guide books recommend getting the train over flying, but for budget travellers you have to go with the cheapest option and this meant braving a flight from Beijing to Chongqing. Having read the horror stories we decided it would be best to overnight in Chongqing before picking up a Yangtze River Cruise, just in case our fight was delayed or worst still, cancelled. Of course our flight was fine so we found ourselves with 24 hours to kill in Chongqing. After four days of running around Beijing it was lovely to find ourselves in a city without a massive hit list of sights to see. After arriving at our hotel we had a wander out to get some ... read more
Dilapidated Residential High Rises
People's Liberation Monument
Bright lights

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing February 23rd 2016

Am Morgen von Neujahr wurde ich geweckt, weil neun Uhr wohl zu lang war, und man überreichte mir ein rotes Papiertäschchen. Wie ich später herausgefunden habe, waren darin 200 Yuen. Zum Frühstück gab es Tang Yuan, die ich auch erstmal selber machen durfte. Das war aber total simpel. Tang Yuan sind kleine, runde Bällchen mit schwarzer Sesam Füllung. Doch der Teig ist weiß und total glitschig, weil er hauptsächlich aus Reismehl und Wasser besteht. Und ursprünglich wurden diese Tang Yuan zum Anfang und zum Ende des Frühlingsfest gegessen. Doch das wird heute nicht mehr so eng gesehen. Joakim wollte dann gerne mit mir Tischtennis spielen und ich war gar nicht schlecht. Dann gab's Badminton und dann Essen. Das war jetzt nicht so spannend, aber ich hab mich mal bewegt. Und nach dem Mittagessen sind wir gemeinsam ... read more
Hochhausschlucht
Great People's Hall
Die Klippenstadt

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing February 8th 2016

In Chongqing wurde ich um 12 Uhr von meinem Gastbruder Joakim am Bahnhof abgeholt. Ich war total erschöpft und habe gestunken. Das hat Joakim auch bemerkt, nachdem ich im Auto seines Vaters saß. Er sagte: "Bei uns zuhause kannst du auch duschen." Und das war ein Zitat, denn er sprach sehr gutes Deutsch. Er ist sechzehn Jahre alt und hat sich in der Freizeit Deutsch beigebracht, damit er in zwei Jahren in Aachen Informatik studieren kann. Nach vierzig Minuten Fahrt aus der Innenstadt sind wir bei einer "Gated Community" angekommen, sprich: ein Wohnbezirk, der komplett von Mauern umgeben ist und in den man nur reinkommt, wenn man Anwohner ist. Die Wohnung lag im zehnten Stock und war wirklich groß. Mein Gastvater, der Ingenieur ist, hat sogar eine zweite Decke gezogen und teilweise gab es einen zweiten ... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing October 21st 2015

SATURDAY 17/10/215 Leisurely morning this morning, pick up 9.30a.m. and 1 hour to Beijing Railway Station for a 1.50p.m. departure for Yichang on the Yangtze River. Security checks, passports, tickets etc checked and double checked, one our of guys had bought a toy gun for his grand child, NO GO!!! Bags searched etc so throw that one away. Learnt this morning that one of group had died, we hadn’t seen them since the first day of arrival as he wasn’t feeling well…how horrible! His poor wife, they were from Tyabb. Like a sheep shed down at this railway station, thousands of people boarding trains to all over China, got away on time at 1.50p.m, lots of shananigans on the train, we have a very unusual family from Coffs Harbour, mother, son maybe 30-35 and the mums ... read more
YANGTZE RIVER
THREE GORGES PROJECT
MV VICTORIA KATARINA

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing June 27th 2015

It seemed pretty close on the map, and was supposed to be just a quick 2h high speed train ride away, but Chengdu to Chongqing took a whole lot longer than I'd anticipated. Pretty much my own fault though. First, thanks to these confusing large Chinese cities, I'd gone to the wrong train station, then when I finally got to the correct one, the tickets were sold out, so I had to opt for the slower bus ride instead. But the bus wasn't going directly to Chongqing, but rather one of the smaller towns on the outskirts. Somehow though, there was an opportunity to transfer midway through the journey to a Chongqing bound bus. And so what was supposed to be a pretty straightforward and short journey ended up taking almost the entire day. And what ... read more
A river runs through it
Old Chongqing
Chongqing aunties dyeing their hair in front of the mall

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing May 24th 2015

Left our home of 4 days today and are back on dry land .... at Chongqing. This is the largest city in China and I have never heard of it. We stay overnight and catch our flight home at 11.45pm tomorrow so arrive in Sydney around midday on Tuesday. Haven't really had time to explore ourselves today but have seen the pandas at the zoo, went to another old "Chinatown" (I think every city in China has one) and a beautiful park. We have a free morning tomorrow so will go exploring (hopefully not get lost) before heading out to the airport. Cruise was better than expected. The rooms and the food were ok and we had the option of tours morning and afternoon. Beautiful scenery again and went through the "ship lock" around half way ... read more

Asia » China » Chongqing » Chongqing November 14th 2014

8 Days with Shu Fey-Wednesday: Chongqing and the Pandas Before leaving Xi’an we took a quick trip to the Flying Goose Pagoda. Originally this pagoda was built to house precious Buddhist texts brought back from India by Xi’an’s most celebrated pilgrim, Xunzang in 645AD. He translated his stack of holy books from Sanskrit to Chinese. This Buddhist temple was in the best part of Xi’an and ended up being the cleanest, best kept temple we have visited. Since many of its patrons are well off, even when there was a fire 10 years ago, they were able to raise funds to rebuild without any problem. Even though it was smack dab in the middle of the city, with a Starbucks right outside the gate, it was as we have found at every one, a very peaceful, ... read more
Red Panda
Baby Giant Panda up a tree
Giant Panda with Bamboo Shoots




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