Chongqing and Chengdu are “sister cities,” but they are as dissimilar as apples and beefsteak. They have different histories, different personalities and wildly different trajectories and through it all they manage to come together over a steaming vat of hot pot.
Traveling between Chengdu and Chongqing is easier than ever before, with the “He Xie” bullet train delivering passengers in style. The trip costs just 97 yuan one way and I took it recently for the second time.
Only a few hours away from Chengdu in the sprawling metropolis of Chongqing, the former police chief has been sentenced to death. Wen Qiang, 55, was found guilty of protecting five organized gangs, accepting bribes, rape and property scams.
As I gazed out my office window into the grey smog covering Chongqing, a city district of 30+ million people in central China, I began to think about the Westward expansion of this economy. Here are my thoughts.