June 20, 2019

Inland Ports - Chongqing, China

The time has come in my inland port series to present the most special inland port in Asia. It is very far inland - closer to Mount Everest than the ocean. It is the inland port of Chongqing in China.

The location is just as spectacular as Manaus in South America in that it is very far inland. Chongqing can't take substantial ships like Manaus, but this does not mean that Chongqing is not an important inland port.

Approaching Chongqing on the river Yangtze with all the buildings of Chongqing in front of you is amazing and a sight I'll never forget. It looks like going to Brooklyn, New York, when going towards Manhattan.

Chongqing can be considered the largest city of the world, if you include the entire municipality of Chongqing.

The name Chongqing means double-blessed. It is the principal river port and industrial centre of southwestern China. It is located at the confluence of the Yangtze River and the Jialing River, 2300km from the East China Sea.

Shielded by the mountains in the north from the colder winds, it has mild winters and hot summers.

The foundations of modern industry in Chongqing were laid between 1938 and 1945. It is a focal point for manufacturing and chemical industries for the surrounding Provinces. The city today boasts a multitude of architectural modern buildings alongside older traditional buildings.

Chongqing is a truly amazing inland port in the heart of southern China.