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Preface

06-12-2007

  Over 3000 years in history and local culture,
  The youngest municipality of China,
  The largest inland city of rivers and mountains on the planet,
  The city of miracles,
  This is new Chongqing,
  The economic center of the upper Yangtze,
  Prepared to embrace the rest of the world.
 
    This is Chongqing, one of the four Chinese cities identified on the world map at the UN General Assembly Hall.
 
    Chongqing is famous for the towering mountains and roaring rivers, which have witnessed the local civilization of over 3000 years.
 
    Chongqing maintains its regional importance in defense, politics, trade, and logistics for long; its glories and growth marked the history of China. In the recent 100 years, Chongqing was first the commercial and trade center of the region, then the wartime capital of then China and now on the path for greater prospect. It was an ancient military fort and now the hub connecting China's vast west and eastern coast as well as the rest of the world. It was China's ancient regional trade center and now the economic center of the upper Yangtze. It was a town specialized in entrepot trade and now the largest industrial & commercial city of the region. It was a port city based in the Sichuan Basin and now a municipality opened to the whole world. 
 
    Chongqing is now at a new momentum, a momentum for broader achievements. This attributes to three unprecedented opportunities: the construction of the Three Gorges Dam Project and the migration of residents in the Three Gorges Reservoir Region, the establishment of the municipality directly under the central government, and China's Go West Strategy. This brings new vigor, new vision to Chongqing and turns a new folio on Chongqing's history.
 
    Welcome to Chongqing, a vigorous and vibrant city, irresistibly attractive and charming!
   

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