Chongqing, tucked in the mountains of central China, is a gigantic metropolis that no one seems to know about.
With 18 million people calling the city home, its difficult to understand why Chongqing isn’t on the global radar, but perhaps its better that way. The cost of living here is unparalleled anywhere. Modern apartments are stylish, clean and cheap. Public transportation is easy and affordable. Eating out every night isn’t an expense – it’s a budget-friendly luxury.
There’s a real sense of “something exciting is happening here” wherever you go in the city. In recent years, the city has boomed from a gate city to Western China to one of the most important cities in Asia.
Cosmopolitan flavor is everywhere. Nightclubs teem with people any night of the week dancing to the hottest music in the world. New restaurants open on a daily basis to great fanfare. The residents are diverse – people from all over the world are moving here to experience Chongqing, China’s best kept-secret.
- Population: 30 million
- Public Transportation: 1 international airport, 2 major train stations (with two additional stations currently undergoing extensive renovations), 8 subway lines, thousands of bus routes & taxis
- Language: Mandarin, local dialects
- Climate: Subtropical, with four seasons – hot summers and mild winters
- EF Chongqing Flagship opened in 2001
- Teach English in Chongqing at one of our 15 schools
What Makes Chongqing Unique?
- Located at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing Rivers, the city has a unique landscape thanks to the waterways’ division of the city
- Chongqing is located next the mountainous Sichuan province, making it ideal for hikers. There are several sites to see nearby such as the Dazu Rock Carvings & Ciqikou, an ancient Chongqing preserved town
- During World War II, Chongqing was the capital of China. There are several monuments that date back to that time as well as former residences that people can visit. In addition, there are several modern attractions like the Jiefangbei Pedestrian Street and Liziba Park
- The culinary scene is spectacular here. From the famed spicy hot pot to sweet and sour fish and everything in between, its impossible to go wrong when ordering
- Chongqing is one of the few cities in China with a cable car. It crosses the Yangtze River and offers wonderful views of the city