Chongqing, also known as Mountain City, lies at the confluence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers in southwest China. It is best known for its food culture and its natural beauty – green capped hills, rivers, and the Three Gorges downstream. While economic development has leapfrogged, the municipality’s natural beauty including the huge, alluring river valleys and natural hot springs remains largely well preserved. The pedestrian People’s Square lies at the heart of the city, with a large domed Great Hall of the People complex at its center, and the Three Gorges Museum on one side featuring ancient art and artefacts from the construction of the Three Gorges dam. Chongqing’s port is a common starting point of the popular Yangtze River cruise, which sails to the magnificent Three Gorges. The famous Chongqing hotpot is a big draw for tourists, characterized by its spicy chili pepper tripe broth, the popularity of which has led to an official set of guidelines on how to serve the delicacy!