An Overview of Chongqing

Chongqing is the largest municipality located in southwest China. It is a port city in the upper reaches of the Yangtze River at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers. With an area of 82,400 square kilometers (31, 800 square miles), Chongqing is the famous ‘mountain city’ sharing border with the provinces of Hubei, Hunan, Guizhou, Sichuan, and Shaanxi. Besides the Han who form the majority of its total population of 28.8 million, numerous ethnic groups reside in Chongqing, including Yi, Tibetan, Miao, Qiang, You and Tujia.

Since its founding 3,000 years ago, Chongqing has been called Jiangzhou, Yuzhou, and Gongzhou, before getting its present name nearly 800 years ago. Since the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-206 BC), many dynasties have set up administrative institutions that have endowed the city with brilliant cultures. Perched beside the Yangtze, the “Golden River,” Chongqing symbolizes Yangtze River civilizations and is the cradle of Bayu culture.

Today, Chongqing is a modern city, China’s fourth municipality after Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin. Within its borders Chongqing encompasses a wealth of water reserves, mineral resources, dense forests, and abundant flora and fauna. The focal point of the unique Yangtze Three Gorges Dam, Chongqing is a tourist attraction as well as a commercial city (source).

Religion in Chongqing

Chongqing has over 1.2 million religious believers, accounting for 4% of the population in this city. Among them, there are 600,000 Buddhist believers, 20,000 Taoist believers, 280,000 Catholic believers, 270,000 Christianity believers and 10,000 Muslims. As a major city in West China, Chongqing has a lot of famous religious sites, such as Arhat Temple, Ciyun Temple, Huayan Temple, Laojun Cave, Chongqing Mosque, Joseph Church and Shejiao Church. Most of the religious sites enjoy great reputation in China (source).

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