Chaotianmen

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Located at the very tip of Yuzhong Peninsular, situated at the junction of the Yangtze and Jialing River in the northeast of Chongqing, Chaotianmen overlooks the two rivers and is surrounded by crags on three sides. It is said to be the best place to start sightseeing, where the muddy, churning waters of the Yangtze meets the transparent water of Jialing River.

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Chaotianmen

It's widely known that Chongqing is an inland port. As an opening door to the outside world of Chongqing, the commercial port with a long history is well known both at home and abroad. It's provided with comprehensive trading market, which covers an area of 270,000 km, with over 7,000 traders and 400 millions RMB of turnover annually. A visit to Chaotianmen Docks gives a glimpse of the life of this modern industrial city mixes with its past.

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Chaotianmen at night

Chaotianmen Square is the gate or facade of the peninsula metropolis. Built in the summer of 1998 and covering an area of 800,000 square meters, the ship-shaped square is one of the largest roof squares in China, and it serves the purposes of sightseeing, transport and river bank protection and has become a landmark which stands for a young, energetic Chongqing. Its name was inscribed by President Jiang Zemin. More than a million people visit the square each year.

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In the first three quarters of 2000, for 26 times important guests form China and abroad were received here.Today Chaotianmen Dock and the recently built Chaotianmen Square are ideal places to view the ever changing river scene and the variety of water crafts that ply the rivers.

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Chaotianmen Wharf

Surrounded by mountains and on the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, the ships, steamers and tugboats of this busy port jostle along the wharf. Chaotianmen Wharf is the place where you start your Yangtze Cruise and Three Gorges Dam tour. Nearby streets are narrow noisy affairs full of market stalls, food stalls and commerce. For a view of the docks and city, within walking distance are the two cable cars crossing the Jialing and the Ship-shaped Chaotian GateYangtze and providing stunning views of Chongqing's surroundings.

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Chaotianmen Wharf

Take the cable car across the river from Cangbei Lu or Wanglongmen . Here you can watch the boats and get a real sense of modern river life. During the summer locals swim off of the thrust of land that juts into the rivers. In the winter, when the low water exposes wide mudflats, the only way to get to the ships is on the shoulders of laborers.

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