Moving past the Three Gorges area we headed to Chongqing, the major direct-controlled municipality in inland China and an economic center of the upstream Yangtze basin. The city is nestled between the Daba, Wu, Wuling, and Dalou mountains – often likened to the landscape and development of Hong Kong. It also lies at the meeting point of the Jialing and Yangtze rivers, displaying an interesting mix of water colors at the tip of the main peninsula. As a major development center the city has seen many building projects in recent years and the cityscape has become a dramatic backdrop of mountains, tall buildings, and cranes.
We explored some new construction sites at the tip of the city to get a first-hand glimpse at the scale of these developments. We then accessed the 55th floor of a nearby roof top where we could really take in the grand expanse of the city.