Chongqing is one of China’s five National Central Cities, classified as being at the forefront of urban development in the country. In fact, it has the largest municipal population of any of these cities. Chongqing is therefore a major driving force for the rapid urbanisation of a country that continues to enjoy enormous growth. What also makes this city interesting is its inland location, which sets it apart from the other major urban areas in China. Its production of goods is geared towards providing for national demand, particularly in the automotive, energy and agricultural sectors. That said, it’s still a popular base for many global corporations, too. Booking a hotel in Chongqing places you in one of China’s biggest city economies.
What defines the areas around Chongqing?
The centre of the city is a peninsula between the Jialing and Yangtze rivers. Flanking these waterways are towering skyscrapers and national monuments, easily accessed via its new monorail system. The Jiangbei District is a particular focus for new developments and has been established as one of the city’s main centres for business. The many attractions in Chongqing include the People’s Liberation Monument and ‘Foreigner Street’, where many international businesses are found.
Where am I likely to find the biggest corporate events in town?
The main focal point for large business shows is the Chongqing International Convention & Business Centre. You’ll find it in the Nanan District, another popular commercial zone. As a centre for manufacturing and technology in China, events include the Annual World Congress of Advanced Materials and the World Academic Conference of Chinese Neurosurgery. The city is also a major hub for international companies including Hewlett-Packard, Deloitte and Sony.
Where else should I go when I book my Chongqing hotel?
‘Foreigner Street’ in the north of the city is quite a unique place to visit, with entertainment and shopping venues themed on global destinations. Head form your Chongqing hotel to the centre of town, where you’ll find Xingguang Times Square and Paradise Walk to be particularly good places for a wide selection of retail outlets. Chongqing is also an excellent place to taste the distinctive and popular cuisine of the region, including Kung Pao chicken and Sichuan hotpot. Tao Ran Ju and Wai Po Qiao are two excellent local restaurants. Alternatively, Vito is a particularly well-regarded fine dining Italian restaurant in Chongqing.