A porter carries stereos through Chongqing's streets on a bamboo pole called a "bang-bang". The city is so hilly, narrow streets often turn to stairs, often making brute strength more useful that the wheel for transport.
Its easy to describe the city of Chongqing: its the departure city for the cruise through the Three Gorges, its built on the peninsula at the junction of the Jialing and Yangze rivers, it has developed so fast, it was separated from Sichuan and made into its own municipality in 1997, and has grown into the biggest city in Southwest China.
A girl steps out onto 18 Stairs, one of Chongqing's few remaining old streets
A butcher washes her cleaver in a shop on 18 Stairs. The steep narrow street, which changes to stairs in many places, is one of Chongqing's oldest. It is being destroyed in 2012.
Neon lights from a nearby shopping center castes a pink glow over old street 18 Stairs in Chongqing
Rollerskate is a popular Chongqing passtime, and the city has many outdoor skating rinks
A man sells ducks on the street in Chongqing
A man and his Chihuahua
A bang-bang porter emerges from a store after dropping off a delivery
Gaiwanr Cha, or Lid-bowl tea, is a Chongqing specialty
Once an important mode of transport over the Yangze and Jialing rivers, Chongqing's two cable car lines have been rendered obsolete by several new bridges. The city, concerned over the safety of the old cable lines, will cease operating the lines soon.
The Jialing, on the left, meets the Yangze River
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