With a history of over
3,000 years, Chongqing, the birthplace
of Ba and Yu culture is one of the
least well known but most important
historical cities in all of China.
Today, little of this interesting
past is visible and the city is essentially
an industrial mass. Much of it is
dirty and seedy but there is a lively
atmosphere prevalent about the place
that often goes hand in hand with
the more "hardcore" cities
The area known as
Chongqing became the capital of the
Ba State in the 11 century BC under
the mythical King of the Yu. By the
12th Century AD, this small city had
grown in size and was renamed Chongqing,
meaning "Double happiness"
in Chinese.Despite the name, the city
in fact has a rather turbulent past,
and the residents here have spent
much of their history keeping invaders
out. In 1242 Chongqing put up a defence
against the Mongols and in 1937, the
Kuomingtang fled here from the Japanese.
The city withstood attack and was
one of the last Kuomingtang bastions.
In 1997, Chongqing separated from
Sichuan to become an independent prefecture
in its own right. Today, this vast
southwestern dynamo is known as Chongqing
Chongqing Sights &