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The capital of the Chongqing Municipality is located in the Southeast of the Sichuan Basin at the confluence between the Yangtze River and the Jialing River. During the Shang Dynasty (17 – 11 B.C.) Chongqing was the capital of the once influential and powerful Ba Kingdom. Despite the distance of time, some legacies of the Ba culture are still visible today; like the Hand-Waving Dance of the Tujia, the largest Minority in the Municipality, which derived from Ba war dances.
During the second Chinese-Japanese War (1937-45) Chongqing served as provisional capital for Chang Kai Sheks Kuomintang Government and was heavily bombed by the Japanese Air Force.
In March 1997, during the Eighth National People's Congress (NPC), Chongqing was removed from Sichuan province and merged with Wanxian, Fuling and Qianjing. It was promoted to the status of one new Municipality like Beijing, Tianjin and Shanghai. Today, with breathtaking speed, Chongqing has turned into a modern metropolis and has become, (partially because it is the biggest Inland River Port in Western China) the largest industrial and commercial City in this part of China.
Chongqing is also the gateway for the famous Yangtze 3 Gorges River Cruises. The climate is a subtropical monsoonal climate with very hot, humid summers, early springs, short autumns and wet but relatively mild winters. Chongqing is a fascinating place to visit and an ideal gateway to South-West China and the Three Gorges area.