Chongqing, 2017

Chongqing, 2017

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 Central Jiefangbei is just one of many newly prosperous districts in the city. Industry in Chongqing is rich and varied, with a major focus on manufacturing and finance attracting young rural workers to the city with promises of higher wages, financial independence and adventure.

Central Jiefangbei is just one of many newly prosperous districts in the city. Industry in Chongqing is rich and varied, with a major focus on manufacturing and finance attracting young rural workers to the city with promises of higher wages, financial independence and adventure.

 "There's a lot of of opportunity here. I've been here for six months, selling tickets for the tourists who want to go upriver."  Song Yuen, Chongqing February 2017

"There's a lot of of opportunity here. I've been here for six months, selling tickets for the tourists who want to go upriver."

Song Yuen, Chongqing February 2017

 From Chaotianmen tourist boats will head out to the Three Gorges Dam, one of the great (and controversial) modern engineering feats of contemporary China. Business is thriving, and at night the boats will light up the river with fluorescent lanterns. It will take around three days to reach their destination, a monolithic structure of steel and concrete 600 kilometres upriver that has come to represent much of the ambition, chutzpah and contradictions of modern China.  Chongqing, February 2017

From Chaotianmen tourist boats will head out to the Three Gorges Dam, one of the great (and controversial) modern engineering feats of contemporary China. Business is thriving, and at night the boats will light up the river with fluorescent lanterns. It will take around three days to reach their destination, a monolithic structure of steel and concrete 600 kilometres upriver that has come to represent much of the ambition, chutzpah and contradictions of modern China.

Chongqing, February 2017

 Chongqing's skyline is rapidly rising and new skyscrapers are built every year.   Chongqing, January 2017

Chongqing's skyline is rapidly rising and new skyscrapers are built every year. 

Chongqing, January 2017

 "I worked in a few different factories before I came here, but I’m much happier here. Back there each day was routine. Here I can use my skills. The money's better as well, the harder I work the more I can earn."  Bai Jintao (left) Chongqing February 2017

"I worked in a few different factories before I came here, but I’m much happier here. Back there each day was routine. Here I can use my skills. The money's better as well, the harder I work the more I can earn."

Bai Jintao (left) Chongqing February 2017

 The urban centre of Chongqing receives around half a million new residents annually with conservative estimates placing the central urban population at around 8.5 million - though this figure varies dramatically from different sources up to around double that. In recent years the population of the surrounding Chongqing municipality has almost doubled in size since 1996, from 15.3 million to 30.1 million in 2015, with this figure occasionally leading observers to utilize the misnomer “the largest city in the world.”  Chongqing, February 2017

The urban centre of Chongqing receives around half a million new residents annually with conservative estimates placing the central urban population at around 8.5 million - though this figure varies dramatically from different sources up to around double that. In recent years the population of the surrounding Chongqing municipality has almost doubled in size since 1996, from 15.3 million to 30.1 million in 2015, with this figure occasionally leading observers to utilize the misnomer “the largest city in the world.”

Chongqing, February 2017

 "Our customers come from all over the world"  Barbera, Chongqing February 2017  Since Chongqing Municipality status was designated in 1997, the area has been separated from the adjacent Sichuan Province and given significant bureaucratic, economic and political independence from Beijing. Used as a site for a series of ambitious and sometimes controversial experiments in city planning, internationally focused commerce and social engineering, the skyline is now dominated by high rise apartment blocks, the dynamic business district and skyscraper hotels like the one where Barbara works, just one in a chain of a global high end brand.

"Our customers come from all over the world"

Barbera, Chongqing February 2017

Since Chongqing Municipality status was designated in 1997, the area has been separated from the adjacent Sichuan Province and given significant bureaucratic, economic and political independence from Beijing. Used as a site for a series of ambitious and sometimes controversial experiments in city planning, internationally focused commerce and social engineering, the skyline is now dominated by high rise apartment blocks, the dynamic business district and skyscraper hotels like the one where Barbara works, just one in a chain of a global high end brand.

 Much of Chongqing's expansion has been tied to its relationship with Chengdu and Xi'an as part of the West Triangle Special Economic Zone established in 2009. The zone's implementation has established a cooperation framework combining and complementing each city’s infrastructure, resources and economic strategy, and strengthening autonomy from Beijing. The zone now contributes nearly 40% of Western China’s GDP.  Chongqing, January 2017

Much of Chongqing's expansion has been tied to its relationship with Chengdu and Xi'an as part of the West Triangle Special Economic Zone established in 2009. The zone's implementation has established a cooperation framework combining and complementing each city’s infrastructure, resources and economic strategy, and strengthening autonomy from Beijing. The zone now contributes nearly 40% of Western China’s GDP.

Chongqing, January 2017

 Chongqing is a city of hills and water. The monorail system - which residents are distinctly proud of - snakes quietly overhead. Riders will be treated to views of a city that clings to the hillsides making up the valleys of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers which flow into one another at the junction where Chongqing's main harbor Chaotianmen is situated.  Chongqing, January 2017

Chongqing is a city of hills and water. The monorail system - which residents are distinctly proud of - snakes quietly overhead. Riders will be treated to views of a city that clings to the hillsides making up the valleys of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers which flow into one another at the junction where Chongqing's main harbor Chaotianmen is situated.

Chongqing, January 2017

 "Pollution is a sacrifice we have made for development"   Li Chunbo, Chongqing February 2017

"Pollution is a sacrifice we have made for development" 

Li Chunbo, Chongqing February 2017

 As old buildings are torn down, new ones spring up to replace them.  Chongqing, February 2017

As old buildings are torn down, new ones spring up to replace them.

Chongqing, February 2017

 "The government moved us on a few years ago and relocated us about fifteen minutes walk away. We're lucky it's so close. This was home but life is better where we are."  Jiao Shi, Chongqing February 2017

"The government moved us on a few years ago and relocated us about fifteen minutes walk away. We're lucky it's so close. This was home but life is better where we are."

Jiao Shi, Chongqing February 2017

 Shibati, meaning "Eighteen Steps" is one of Chongqing's oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods. Recent years have seen the urban village torn down for redevelopment.  Chongqing, January 2017

Shibati, meaning "Eighteen Steps" is one of Chongqing's oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods. Recent years have seen the urban village torn down for redevelopment.

Chongqing, January 2017

 For now, Shibati acts as a laissez-faire tourist hub where street hawkers sell nostalgic paraphernalia and visitors take photographs among the ruins that will soon be replaced with tower blocks.   Chongqing, January 2017

For now, Shibati acts as a laissez-faire tourist hub where street hawkers sell nostalgic paraphernalia and visitors take photographs among the ruins that will soon be replaced with tower blocks. 

Chongqing, January 2017

 Chongqing, February 2017

Chongqing, February 2017

  "For now at least, I'll be staying here. Everything just works better in the city, employment, healthcare provision, education. For me to go back would require huge developments like this in the countryside."  Qing Gumao, Chongqing February 2017

 "For now at least, I'll be staying here. Everything just works better in the city, employment, healthcare provision, education. For me to go back would require huge developments like this in the countryside."

Qing Gumao, Chongqing February 2017

 Commuters overlook the Jialing river, lit up at night with neon.  Chongqing, February 2017

Commuters overlook the Jialing river, lit up at night with neon.

Chongqing, February 2017

 The city is expanding rapidly in a real estate boom that is rapidly changing how and where Chinese society makes its home. Many of the new buildings will be purchased but remain uninhabited for several years.  Chongqing, January 2017

The city is expanding rapidly in a real estate boom that is rapidly changing how and where Chinese society makes its home. Many of the new buildings will be purchased but remain uninhabited for several years.

Chongqing, January 2017

 Central Chongqing at night.  Chongqing, January 2017

Central Chongqing at night.

Chongqing, January 2017

 Chongqing Train Station is a major transport hub from which a multitude of  workers will arrive to the city every year.   Chongqing, February 2017

Chongqing Train Station is a major transport hub from which a multitude of  workers will arrive to the city every year. 

Chongqing, February 2017

 Chongqing, 2017
Rivers.jpg
 Central Jiefangbei is just one of many newly prosperous districts in the city. Industry in Chongqing is rich and varied, with a major focus on manufacturing and finance attracting young rural workers to the city with promises of higher wages, financial independence and adventure.
 "There's a lot of of opportunity here. I've been here for six months, selling tickets for the tourists who want to go upriver."  Song Yuen, Chongqing February 2017
 From Chaotianmen tourist boats will head out to the Three Gorges Dam, one of the great (and controversial) modern engineering feats of contemporary China. Business is thriving, and at night the boats will light up the river with fluorescent lanterns. It will take around three days to reach their destination, a monolithic structure of steel and concrete 600 kilometres upriver that has come to represent much of the ambition, chutzpah and contradictions of modern China.  Chongqing, February 2017
 Chongqing's skyline is rapidly rising and new skyscrapers are built every year.   Chongqing, January 2017
 "I worked in a few different factories before I came here, but I’m much happier here. Back there each day was routine. Here I can use my skills. The money's better as well, the harder I work the more I can earn."  Bai Jintao (left) Chongqing February 2017
 The urban centre of Chongqing receives around half a million new residents annually with conservative estimates placing the central urban population at around 8.5 million - though this figure varies dramatically from different sources up to around double that. In recent years the population of the surrounding Chongqing municipality has almost doubled in size since 1996, from 15.3 million to 30.1 million in 2015, with this figure occasionally leading observers to utilize the misnomer “the largest city in the world.”  Chongqing, February 2017
 "Our customers come from all over the world"  Barbera, Chongqing February 2017  Since Chongqing Municipality status was designated in 1997, the area has been separated from the adjacent Sichuan Province and given significant bureaucratic, economic and political independence from Beijing. Used as a site for a series of ambitious and sometimes controversial experiments in city planning, internationally focused commerce and social engineering, the skyline is now dominated by high rise apartment blocks, the dynamic business district and skyscraper hotels like the one where Barbara works, just one in a chain of a global high end brand.
 Much of Chongqing's expansion has been tied to its relationship with Chengdu and Xi'an as part of the West Triangle Special Economic Zone established in 2009. The zone's implementation has established a cooperation framework combining and complementing each city’s infrastructure, resources and economic strategy, and strengthening autonomy from Beijing. The zone now contributes nearly 40% of Western China’s GDP.  Chongqing, January 2017
 Chongqing is a city of hills and water. The monorail system - which residents are distinctly proud of - snakes quietly overhead. Riders will be treated to views of a city that clings to the hillsides making up the valleys of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers which flow into one another at the junction where Chongqing's main harbor Chaotianmen is situated.  Chongqing, January 2017
 "Pollution is a sacrifice we have made for development"   Li Chunbo, Chongqing February 2017
 As old buildings are torn down, new ones spring up to replace them.  Chongqing, February 2017
 "The government moved us on a few years ago and relocated us about fifteen minutes walk away. We're lucky it's so close. This was home but life is better where we are."  Jiao Shi, Chongqing February 2017
 Shibati, meaning "Eighteen Steps" is one of Chongqing's oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods. Recent years have seen the urban village torn down for redevelopment.  Chongqing, January 2017
 For now, Shibati acts as a laissez-faire tourist hub where street hawkers sell nostalgic paraphernalia and visitors take photographs among the ruins that will soon be replaced with tower blocks.   Chongqing, January 2017
 Chongqing, February 2017
  "For now at least, I'll be staying here. Everything just works better in the city, employment, healthcare provision, education. For me to go back would require huge developments like this in the countryside."  Qing Gumao, Chongqing February 2017
 Commuters overlook the Jialing river, lit up at night with neon.  Chongqing, February 2017
 The city is expanding rapidly in a real estate boom that is rapidly changing how and where Chinese society makes its home. Many of the new buildings will be purchased but remain uninhabited for several years.  Chongqing, January 2017
 Central Chongqing at night.  Chongqing, January 2017
 Chongqing Train Station is a major transport hub from which a multitude of  workers will arrive to the city every year.   Chongqing, February 2017

Chongqing, 2017

Central Jiefangbei is just one of many newly prosperous districts in the city. Industry in Chongqing is rich and varied, with a major focus on manufacturing and finance attracting young rural workers to the city with promises of higher wages, financial independence and adventure.

"There's a lot of of opportunity here. I've been here for six months, selling tickets for the tourists who want to go upriver."

Song Yuen, Chongqing February 2017

From Chaotianmen tourist boats will head out to the Three Gorges Dam, one of the great (and controversial) modern engineering feats of contemporary China. Business is thriving, and at night the boats will light up the river with fluorescent lanterns. It will take around three days to reach their destination, a monolithic structure of steel and concrete 600 kilometres upriver that has come to represent much of the ambition, chutzpah and contradictions of modern China.

Chongqing, February 2017

Chongqing's skyline is rapidly rising and new skyscrapers are built every year. 

Chongqing, January 2017

"I worked in a few different factories before I came here, but I’m much happier here. Back there each day was routine. Here I can use my skills. The money's better as well, the harder I work the more I can earn."

Bai Jintao (left) Chongqing February 2017

The urban centre of Chongqing receives around half a million new residents annually with conservative estimates placing the central urban population at around 8.5 million - though this figure varies dramatically from different sources up to around double that. In recent years the population of the surrounding Chongqing municipality has almost doubled in size since 1996, from 15.3 million to 30.1 million in 2015, with this figure occasionally leading observers to utilize the misnomer “the largest city in the world.”

Chongqing, February 2017

"Our customers come from all over the world"

Barbera, Chongqing February 2017

Since Chongqing Municipality status was designated in 1997, the area has been separated from the adjacent Sichuan Province and given significant bureaucratic, economic and political independence from Beijing. Used as a site for a series of ambitious and sometimes controversial experiments in city planning, internationally focused commerce and social engineering, the skyline is now dominated by high rise apartment blocks, the dynamic business district and skyscraper hotels like the one where Barbara works, just one in a chain of a global high end brand.

Much of Chongqing's expansion has been tied to its relationship with Chengdu and Xi'an as part of the West Triangle Special Economic Zone established in 2009. The zone's implementation has established a cooperation framework combining and complementing each city’s infrastructure, resources and economic strategy, and strengthening autonomy from Beijing. The zone now contributes nearly 40% of Western China’s GDP.

Chongqing, January 2017

Chongqing is a city of hills and water. The monorail system - which residents are distinctly proud of - snakes quietly overhead. Riders will be treated to views of a city that clings to the hillsides making up the valleys of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers which flow into one another at the junction where Chongqing's main harbor Chaotianmen is situated.

Chongqing, January 2017

"Pollution is a sacrifice we have made for development" 

Li Chunbo, Chongqing February 2017

As old buildings are torn down, new ones spring up to replace them.

Chongqing, February 2017

"The government moved us on a few years ago and relocated us about fifteen minutes walk away. We're lucky it's so close. This was home but life is better where we are."

Jiao Shi, Chongqing February 2017

Shibati, meaning "Eighteen Steps" is one of Chongqing's oldest and most traditional neighbourhoods. Recent years have seen the urban village torn down for redevelopment.

Chongqing, January 2017

For now, Shibati acts as a laissez-faire tourist hub where street hawkers sell nostalgic paraphernalia and visitors take photographs among the ruins that will soon be replaced with tower blocks. 

Chongqing, January 2017

Chongqing, February 2017

 "For now at least, I'll be staying here. Everything just works better in the city, employment, healthcare provision, education. For me to go back would require huge developments like this in the countryside."

Qing Gumao, Chongqing February 2017

Commuters overlook the Jialing river, lit up at night with neon.

Chongqing, February 2017

The city is expanding rapidly in a real estate boom that is rapidly changing how and where Chinese society makes its home. Many of the new buildings will be purchased but remain uninhabited for several years.

Chongqing, January 2017

Central Chongqing at night.

Chongqing, January 2017

Chongqing Train Station is a major transport hub from which a multitude of  workers will arrive to the city every year. 

Chongqing, February 2017

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