Chongqing Xpress: Part 3

October and November have been wet, cold, and grey. You can count the number of clear days on one hand. Below are some sites on a rare clear-ish day from the areas around the 菜园坝长江大桥.

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Just behind the Chongqing Railway Station there’s a massive collection of blue roofs. Under them lie of mixture of homes, shops, and markets. Pictured in the bottom, those living on the banks of the Yangtze have literally been pushed to the edge, with nowhere else to go as the city’s urbanization outpaces all who cannot afford to keep abreast.

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The banks of the Yangtze are always alive with activity. Stairways that disappear into the river serves as fishing perches, picnic spots, and stoops to wash clothing.

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People like to say that Chongqing has 35 million people. However, the urban areas of Chongqing only have about 8 million. And yes, in certain areas the flow of people is unending. But it’s actually quite easy to find quite places. For instance, walk over almost any bridge and you’ll find it oddly peaceful, despite the cars whizzing by.

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At sunset, the haze that typically casts a grey film across the city does indeed turn the sky, for all but a couple minutes, into a burnt orange veil. On those rare days when the sky is kind enough to break open and give a glimpse of its blueness, the fade of blue into orange can be quite stunning.

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