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Chongqing in May 2006

In May 2006, I made my first of many trips to China. It's a country that is changing fast, and every year it seems different from the last. It is probably interesting to compare the photos I took of Chongqing in 2006 (below) with my more recent photos of the city; not only is it one of the biggest cities in the world, but it is modernising and beautifying itself quickly.

Anyway, the photos below are of my first visit to the Chinese city of Chongqing in May 2006, where I spent my time (when not working) wandering around the campus, visiting the liberation monument, witnessing the confluence of the Jialing river and Yangtze river, seeing the wonderful city hall (aka the municipal building), and visiting the Dazu stone carvings (after a 2 hour minibus ride through the Chinese countryside). There are more recent photos of Chongqing in other albums on this website.

The view from Chongqing City Hall (Municipal Building)
The view from Chongqing City Hall (Municipal Building)
Me standing in front of a view of the Chinese Countryside near Dazu.
Me standing in front of a view of the Chinese Countryside near Dazu.
An illuminated skyline of Chongqing, taken from the river
An illuminated skyline of Chongqing, taken from the river
People looking up at the painted carvings on the cliffs at Dazu.
People looking up at the painted carvings on the cliffs at Dazu.
An abandoned factory by the river in Chongqing
An abandoned factory by the river in Chongqing
A crowd of shoppers in downtown Chongqing
A crowd of shoppers in downtown Chongqing
The Literature Department at Chongqing University
The Literature Department at Chongqing University
A stylised male lion statue outside Chongqing University Literature department
A stylised male lion statue outside Chongqing University Literature department
Traffic on a hot but rainy day in Chongqing
Traffic on a hot but rainy day in Chongqing
Me standing next to a statue of Chairman Mao in Chongqing University
Me standing next to a statue of Chairman Mao in Chongqing University
The entrance to the Chongqing University campus
The entrance to the Chongqing University campus
Busts of several successful Chongqing University alumni
Busts of several successful Chongqing University alumni
The football pitch in Chongqing University campus, on a hot, humid day.
The football pitch in Chongqing University campus, on a hot, humid day.
The basketball courts in Chongqing University campus
The basketball courts in Chongqing University campus
Me, unprepared, in front of an illuminated skyline, on a hot night in Chongqing
Me, unprepared, in front of an illuminated skyline, on a hot night in Chongqing
The hotel I stayed at in downtown Chongqing
The hotel I stayed at in downtown Chongqing
Another statue in the Chongqing University campus
Another statue in the Chongqing University campus
Accommodation units overlooking the Chongqing University campus
Accommodation units overlooking the Chongqing University campus
One of many exotic trees in the Chongqing University campus
One of many exotic trees in the Chongqing University campus
Another bust in the Chongqing University campus
Another bust in the Chongqing University campus
One of the lakes in the Chongqing University campus
One of the lakes in the Chongqing University campus
Another calm lake in the Chongqing University campus
Another calm lake in the Chongqing University campus
Lillies in a pond at Chongqing University
Lillies in a pond at Chongqing University
Me next to a lake in the Chongqing University campus
Me next to a lake in the Chongqing University campus
A pagoda framed with trees, at Chongqing University
A pagoda framed with trees, at Chongqing University
A department building in Chongqing University
A department building in Chongqing University
The main clock in Chongqing University campus
The main clock in Chongqing University campus
Chongqing city hall (Municipal Building)
Chongqing city hall (Municipal Building)
Me standing in front of the Chongqing city hall Municipal Building
Me standing in front of the Chongqing city hall Municipal Building
Another view of Chongqing City Hall
Another view of Chongqing City Hall
Me facing away from Chongqing city hall
Me facing away from Chongqing city hall
A building with traditional lanterns in downtown Chongqing
A building with traditional lanterns in downtown Chongqing
A new but traditional style building in downtown Chongqing
A new but traditional style building in downtown Chongqing
The confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze rivers
The confluence of the Jialing and Yangtze rivers
A misty view of Chongqing from the river confluence
A misty view of Chongqing from the river confluence
One of the innumerable skyscrapers in Chongqing
One of the innumerable skyscrapers in Chongqing
Another view of shoppers in downtown Chongqing
Another view of shoppers in downtown Chongqing
A copy of the Empire State Building in downtown Chongqing
A copy of the Empire State Building in downtown Chongqing
An impressive statue in Chongqing, taken from a moving taxi
An impressive statue in Chongqing, taken from a moving taxi
Another view of the city lights of Chongqing at night, taken from One Tree
Another view of the city lights of Chongqing at night, taken from One Tree
Chongqing at night, taken from One Tree
Chongqing at night, taken from One Tree
The One Tree viewing platform, at night in Chongqing
The One Tree viewing platform, at night in Chongqing
People looking out over the illuminated Chongqing skyline at night. At One Tree.
People looking out over the illuminated Chongqing skyline at night. At One Tree.
Me standing next to the One Tree sign.
Me standing next to the One Tree sign.
The view of Chongqing from my hotel room window
The view of Chongqing from my hotel room window
A building amongst the trees in Dazu
A building amongst the trees in Dazu
Me on a hot but rainy day, near the Dazu stone carvings
Me on a hot but rainy day, near the Dazu stone carvings
Some of the innumerable stone carvings at Dazu
Some of the innumerable stone carvings at Dazu
Our tour guide at the Dazu Stone Carvings
Our tour guide at the Dazu Stone Carvings
All of these statues are carved out of the cliff itself. At Dazu.
All of these statues are carved out of the cliff itself. At Dazu.
A carving of a bull with some drunks. At Dazu.
A carving of a bull with some drunks. At Dazu.
A slightly strange carving of a tiger at Dazu.
A slightly strange carving of a tiger at Dazu.
A carving of the Buddhist Wheel of Life, at Dazu.
A carving of the Buddhist Wheel of Life, at Dazu.
A traditional building near the Dazu Stone Carvings.
A traditional building near the Dazu Stone Carvings.
Statue of a Buddha with 1007 arms, at Dazu.
Statue of a Buddha with 1007 arms, at Dazu.
Some more of the 1007 arms that the Buddha statue has, at Dazu.
Some more of the 1007 arms that the Buddha statue has, at Dazu.
A giant carving showing Buddha reaching Nirvana. At Dazu.
A giant carving showing Buddha reaching Nirvana. At Dazu.
Looking through the trees near the Dazu stone carvings.
Looking through the trees near the Dazu stone carvings.
Me standing in front of stone carvings at Dazu.
Me standing in front of stone carvings at Dazu.
More painted stone carvings at Dazu.
More painted stone carvings at Dazu.
The very famous carving of a girl in Hell. At the Dazu stone carvings.
The very famous carving of a girl in Hell. At the Dazu stone carvings.
A closer view of some of the painted carvings at Dazu.
A closer view of some of the painted carvings at Dazu.
One last look at some of the innumerable carvings at Dazu. Carved into the cliff.
One last look at some of the innumerable carvings at Dazu. Carved into the cliff.
A green pool in the forest near Dazu stone carvings.
A green pool in the forest near Dazu stone carvings.
Paddy fields out in the Chinese countryside near Dazu.
Paddy fields out in the Chinese countryside near Dazu.
Another view of the Chinese countryside near Dazu.
Another view of the Chinese countryside near Dazu.
Farmers plowing a field with an Ox, near Chongqing.
Farmers plowing a field with an Ox, near Chongqing.
A factory in the countryside, on the way back to Chongqing.
A factory in the countryside, on the way back to Chongqing.
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