The mountain city of Chongqing, China today’s Video of the Day from the European Space Agency features Chongqing, the largest municipality in China. The district spans an area of over 80,000 square kilometers, which is about the size of Austria.
Chongqing is surrounded by mountains, including the Daba Mountains in the north, the Wu Mountains in the east, the Wuling Mountains in the southeast, and the Dalou Mountains in the south.
The city lies at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers, and is known as a “mountain city” due to its rugged landscape with steep gorges.
According to ESA, Chongqing is a major manufacturing and transportation center, and has become the biggest automobile manufacturing base in China. The Old City of Chongqing (formerly surrounded by a city wall and gates, of which only two gates now remain) occupies the eastern third of the rocky promontory and covers an area of about 28 square miles (73 square km). The southern and eastern slopes, facing the waterfront, form the “lower city,” while the remainder is the “upper city .” This sprawling metropolis is home to spicy food, friendly locals, and a rich cultural history. Positioned alongside the Yangtze River, Chongqing offers plenty of attractions for travelers, including delicious cuisine, cultural museums, and even UNESCO World Heritage Sites.
Video Credit: European Space Agency