Chongqing. Real estate agents advertising the selling of some new apartments in Luneng Xing Cheng area. Chongqing is growing at an incredible rate, due to the special status of municipality it acquired on 1997, to manage the huge displacement of people ge
Chongqing. Real estate agents advertising the selling of some new apartments in Luneng Xing Cheng area. Chongqing is growing at an incredible rate, due to the special status of municipality it acquired on 1997, to manage the huge displacement of people ge
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Yangtze's Megalopolis


Visual Exploration - Chongqing, December 2014.



With over 33 million people living in a 85.000 km2 area, Chongqing is the fastest growing city of the Chinese hinterland. Located on the banks of the Yangtze river, Chongqing has been chosen as the new Chinese’s engine of growth, earning the special status of municipality in 1997. In the last two decades the city turned into an extremely densely populated metropolis, attracting millions of citizens from the surrounding farmlands. The success of Chongqing is the result of a combination of factors: great investments in infrastructures, the copious amounts of Foreign Direct Investments attracted, the subsidies given to foreign businesses and the low corporate tax rates that allowed a rapid development and the creation of a multitude of experimental projects. This model allowed Chongqing to expand, allowing migrating farmers to receive residential land rights and social housings (reform of the Hukou system). Those farmer are now employed in the booming construction industry, often in poor conditions, in temporary dwellings located on the constructions sites and the whole city looks like a permanent building place.

The city skyline on one of the bridges of Chongqing, crossing the mighty river Yangtze.
The city skyline on one of the bridges of Chongqing, crossing the mighty river Yangtze.
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Fisherman throwing his cigarette on the river, while waiting for a fish to bite
Fisherman throwing his cigarette on the river, while waiting for a fish to bite
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Several traffic circles and the Huangshaxi road connections at the shore of the Yangtze river, in the proximity of Egongyan bridge.
Several traffic circles and the Huangshaxi road connections at the shore of the Yangtze river, in the proximity of Egongyan bridge.
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Young couple on the

Young couple on the Yangtze

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People arriving from one of the main station in Chonngqing. Since 1997, an ever-increasing amount of people have left the villages located in the Three Gorges Dam area to inhabit the new metropolis, 10 millions of them obtain the urban hukou system status
People arriving from one of the main station in Chonngqing. Since 1997, an ever-increasing amount of people have left the villages located in the Three Gorges Dam area to inhabit the new metropolis, 10 millions of them obtain the urban hukou system status
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One school's football field located near Huangshaxi road
One school's football field located near Huangshaxi road
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Workers of the construction site of Wulidianlijiao building having dinner and resting after a whole day working.
Workers of the construction site of Wulidianlijiao building having dinner and resting after a whole day working.
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Skyscrapers in the backgroung of a thousands years old temples
Skyscrapers in the backgroung of a thousands years old temples
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People crossing the Yangtze on the funicular
People crossing the Yangtze on the funicular
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Worker commuting through funicular across the Yangtze

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Chongqing, located on the Yangtze river, the longest river of Asia, at sunset.

Sunset on thr Yangtze river, the longest river of Asia

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One of the worker at the construction site of a new bridge Wulidianlijiao, on the Yangtze river. The most of the migrants who moved to Chongqing found occupation in the booming construction sector.
One of the worker at the construction site of a new bridge Wulidianlijiao, on the Yangtze river. The most of the migrants who moved to Chongqing found occupation in the booming construction sector.
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Workers of the construction site of Wulidianlijiao building having dinner and resting after a whole day working.
Workers of the construction site of Wulidianlijiao building having dinner and resting after a whole day working.
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One worker of the Wulidianlijiao construction site, preparing to go to sleep in its habitation-container. He has been living since one year in the construction site and he is keeping his working material under and over its bed.
One worker of the Wulidianlijiao construction site, preparing to go to sleep in its habitation-container. He has been living since one year in the construction site and he is keeping his working material under and over its bed.
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The temporary habitation-containers, where the workers of the construction site of the Wulidianlijiao new bridge site sleep at night.
The temporary habitation-containers, where the workers of the construction site of the Wulidianlijiao new bridge site sleep at night.
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Woman going back from home by bus after one day at work.
The container where workers live in the period of time they are employed in the construction project
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A group of porters, traditional profession that exist since decades in Chongqing, resting and waiting to get some new working commissions at the side of the street.
Street cleaner taking some minutes of rest
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Banbang transporting goods on the hilly streets of the city center

Woman going back from home by bus after one day at work.

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An Hong Kong's engineer photographing the development of a residential area that he is constructing. Chongqing is in part following the model of development of Honk Kong, attracting many of its engineers and architects to realize its infrastructures.

A man in an unusually deserted escalator

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A swimming pool amid a series of residential buildings in Na'an district of Chongqing, one of the nine main urban areas of the young metropolis.
A swimming pool amid a series of residential buildings in Na'an district of Chongqing, one of the nine main urban areas of the young metropolis.
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Young chefs of a restaurant in the touristic area of Wulidian
Young chefs of a restaurant in the touristic area of Wulidian
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Employees of a restaurant eating the traditional spicy 'hot pot' of Chongqing


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Chongqing's citizens, mainly students, on the subway line that connects the city center with the university citadels, located in one of the mountains sorrounding the city center, on a Sunday afternoon.
Chongqing's citizens, mainly students, on the subway line that connects the city center with the university citadels, located in one of the mountains sorrounding the city center, on a Sunday afternoon.
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A couple of porters, traditional profession that exist since decades in Chongqing, preparing to go home after a day at work.

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Father carrying his daugther on one green spot of Chonqging alongside the river Yangtze. Surprisingly, some areas of the city still llooks like they were before 1997.
Father carrying his daugther on one green spot of Chonqging alongside the river Yangtze. Surprisingly, some areas of the city still llooks like they were before 1997.
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Man making the hairstyle of his dog in a city-street
Man making the hairstyle of his dog in a city-street
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Men drying up after swimming in the Yangtze in December

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An Hong Kong's engineer photographing the development of a residential area that he is constructing. Chongqing is in part following the model of development of Honk Kong, attracting many of its engineers and architects to realize its infrastructures.
An Hong Kong's engineer photographing the development of a residential area that he is constructing. Chongqing is in part following the model of development of Honk Kong, attracting many of its engineers and architects to realize its infrastructures.
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Man watering his vegetables in a green area nearby one of the main bridges in Chongqing. While urbanizing quickly, some parts of the city are still used for agriculture purpose.
Man watering his vegetables in a green area nearby one of the main bridges in Chongqing. While urbanizing quickly, some parts of the city are still used for agriculture purpose.
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Street worker and infront of a panel which promote the "building of a beautiful moutain and water city together"
Street worker and infront of a panel which promote the "building of a beautiful moutain and water city together"
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Men talking under a series of building in Chongqing, China
Men talking under a series of building in Chongqing, China
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