22.12.2008 - 26.12.2008 10 °C
Chongqing, located in the southwest of China, is one of the most typical cities I have ever been to. Besides the hot pot food and the starting point of Yangtze River cruise, which is widely known through the households in China, I've also found much more impressive things.
What do you think a city of hills looks like? Not a city surrounded by hills as I expected before. The city itself is like a hill. Different from Beijing and Shanghai, or maybe any other cities, in which you can walk always on the flat road no matter where you go, however, here in Chongqing, it seems that you can easily encounter a slop or some steps, steep or smooth, where just stand the local buildings. Often we can find a shop or restaurant is below the steep narrow steps. What we feel strange is just the common life that local people take for granted.
The particular landform created special groups of people who make livings by strong muscle of their arms. They are heavers, nicknamed "Bang Bang Jun" in Chinese, meaning soldiers with sticks. Obviously, sticks are the necessary tools to lift goods. They do not work for any company, instead, they just work for themselves. To some extent, it is private business.
During the short stay in Chongqing, we were often confused about the local accent, although one of my friends, whose grandfather was born in Sichuan, knew more about the local language. No matther when we asked the way to some place or took a taxi, Chinese Mandarin was completely useless.
Besides, unlike the north China, dusty and dry, Chongqing has agreeable climate. We seldom saw the shinning sunshine, but we did feel the gentle rain coming down quietly and the fresh air moistening the skin of our face. We even joked that facial moistening products may have no market in Chongqing^_^
Located at the upper reaches of Yangtze River, Chongqing has a particular traffic tool for local people to commute between the riverbanks, besides bus and metro. It is cableway above the river, which can hold nearly 30 people per time. In order to get a birdview of Chongqing City, we just took it to get to the oppsite bank. The view is totally different, so great!
If you have ever been to Chongqing only for taking the cruiseship to Yichang, it was a shame! You should not have missed so many local specials.