January 17, 2013
Chongqing – My Lovely City It’s absurd that how we never try to get to know our own city, where we grew up, where we’ve been living in forever. People know very few about their own cities, and they don’t even realize that. Sometimes you meet the visitors from other places, and they tell you about all those sights in your city they have been to and all those surprising facts about your city that you’ve never heard before. A man should be always be proud of he come from, but can he be proud of it if he doesn’t even really know about it? The city I come from is called Chongqing, a famous historical and cultural city in China, has a history of more than 3,000 years and a glorious revolutionary tradition. In the fourth century BC, Chongqing (then called Yuzhou) was the capital of the State of Ba, whose men were renowned for their prowess in battle and their military successes. In the Southern Song dynasty (1127--1279) the city's name was changed to Chongqing—meaning ‘double celebration' -- to mark the princedom and enthronement of Emperor Guangzhong in 1189. He was himself a native of the city (History of Chongqing). Being sandwiched by Yangtze and Jialing rivers and built on the mountains, Chongqing is known as a “city on rivers” and a “mountain city” (Chongqing). Unlike other cities in China, very few people rides bicycle as a means of transport. It’s an extremely strenuous process to go through all the ups and downs just to somewhere. Because of the special topographical features Chongqing has, people there fortunately enjoy the unique scenery of mountains, rivers, forests, waterfalls, gorges, and caves. It also got a great night scene. When the nights come, the city starts to glow, with millions of light and their reflection on the rivers. I remember being a kid and walking along the riverside while all the illuminations shine brightly across the river....