Chongqing is located in the southwest of the interior of China, in the southwest of the Sichuan Basin and at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers. With an area of 82,000 sq km, and a population of 32.35 million, Chongqing became one of the four municipalities directly under the central government in 1997.
Known as a city in the mountains, Chongqing is skirted by waters on three sides, and by the mountains on four sides. It has moist climate, with many cloudy days and less frost and snow. In spring and autumn, the city is often enveloped by heavy fog, hence the name "Capital of Fog".
Chongqing boasts beautiful landscapes, fascinating night scenes, well-known cultural sites of the Three Kingdoms Period, beautiful Dazu Rock Carvings, the precipotous Three Gorges on the Yangtze River and many other places of scenic and historical interest, which attract numerous domestic and foreign tourists all the year round.