Trùng Khánh has a large area with an area of up to 8243 km2, which is much larger than many countries in the world and equal to 1/4 of our country's area. This city also has a population of about 32 million people, making it one of the largest cities in China. However, it is important to understand that Trùng Khánh is a centrally-administered unit, a centrally-administered city of China. This city is located in the southwest of China, on the banks of the Yangtze River and the Gia Lang River, a strategically important location connecting the developed economic regions in the east and the slower developing regions in the west of China. Formerly, Trùng Khánh belonged to Sichuan.

Why is it called Trùng Khánh?

The name Trùng Khánh has a special and interesting meaning. "Trùng" means duplicate, while "Khánh" means festival or celebration. Combined, Trùng Khánh can be understood as double joy or joy of planting essence. This name originates from the time of the Song dynasty when Emperor Song Quang Tông ascended the throne. Before becoming emperor, he was appointed as a prince in this region. When he ascended the throne, he named this region Trùng Khánh to commemorate two significant events in his life: being appointed as a prince and becoming emperor.

Trùng Khánh plays a very important role in China

This is one of the four centrally-administered cities of China along with Beijing, Shanghai, and Tianjin, serving as an important economic, industrial, commercial, and transportation center. The city is also one of the fastest-growing areas in China, with a continuously growing GDP. Trùng Khánh's GDP is estimated at around 400 billion US dollars, which is almost equal to that of our Vietnam. Trùng Khánh is a major automobile production center in China, with an annual production of over 3 million vehicles. When it comes to automobiles, the transportation system of Trùng Khánh must be mentioned. With a modern transportation system including an international airport, subway system, and high-speed rail lines, Trùng Khánh serves as a major transportation hub connecting western China with other regions.

Interesting facts

This city is famous for its hilly terrain and many bridges, earning it the title of the city of bridges. The hilly terrain has created steep roads and unique landscapes in Trùng Khánh. Trùng Khánh has hot and humid summers, cold winters, and is often referred to as the "oven" of China due to high temperatures in the summer.

Specialties and culture

When it comes to Trùng Khánh, this city is famous for its specialties such as spicy hotpot, a part of the traditional Sichuan hotpot. This is one of the typical dishes of China. Trùng Khánh hotpot has a strong spicy flavor and is often served with a variety of vegetables, meats, and seafood. From Trùng Khánh, there is also a gateway to Tam Hiep on the Yangtze River, one of China's famous wonders. Visitors can take boat trips on the river to admire the magnificent scenery.

Why is transportation in Trùng Khánh complex?

The complex transportation system is due to the complex terrain. Trùng Khánh is located on the plateau in the southwest of China, formerly part of Sichuan, to give an idea of this mountainous region. The city is surrounded by mountain ranges and has many hills within the urban area. The central area of the city has a very large height difference, ranging from about 160 meters to over 1400 meters to the suburbs. This is one of the main reasons that make infrastructure construction complex and costly. Statistics show that about 70% of Trùng Khánh's area is hilly, with high mountain peaks and deep valleys creating an uneven and rugged terrain.

Yangtze River and Gia Lang River

The Yangtze River, a famous long river in the world, passes through Trùng Khánh with a length of about 665 km within the city. This river also creates many deep valleys and serves as a major natural barrier, requiring bridges to cross. The Gia Lang River, about 119 km long, also flows through Trùng Khánh and plays an important role in the city's hydrological system. The presence of these two large rivers creates many low-lying areas and mountainous alleys, making it difficult to build and develop the ground transportation system. The complex terrain of Trùng Khánh, combined with a population of over 30 million people, requires the construction of multi-level transportation systems, efficient use of space, and ensuring smooth traffic flow, making it a city not suitable for the directionally challenged.

City of bridges

This city has more than 20,000 different bridges, more than any other city in the world. The bridges here not only cross rivers but also connect various parts of the city together. The city also has a nearly 7 km long tunnel, one of the longest urban tunnels in China, helping reduce traffic pressure on the ground and connect important urban areas.

City of electric trains

Trùng Khánh is famous for its electric train system. Trùng Khánh's electric train system consists of nine lines with a total length of over 370 km and more than 200 stations. This is one of the fastest-developing electric train systems in China, with both underground and elevated trains. Line two of Trùng Khánh is the first elevated train line in China, spanning 31.4 km with 25 stations, running along hillsides and crossing many overpasses, and notably, the trains in Trùng Khánh even pass through buildings.

Specifically, an electric train station in Trùng Khánh passes through a 19-story apartment building, a characteristic feature of this city. Surrounded by rivers and mountains, day or night, this place is always a hot check-in spot for tourists. Chinese railway engineers came up with a clever solution when building a train line through a 19-story building instead of going around it, ensuring that the structure remains intact while residents can easily catch the train.

Buses and trams

Bus and tram

As for the public transportation system, Trung Khanh has more than 8000 buses operating on 500 routes serving tens of millions of passengers every day. The system is designed to easily navigate through hilly and mountainous areas. If the numbers and information above are not enough to impress you about the complex transportation in Trung Khanh, then consider a specific example. An intersection in Trung Khanh Intersection consists of multiple levels and exits and is not suitable for those with poor memory.

Hoang Giac Loan Intersection

Hoang Giac Loan Intersection in Trung Khanh is not only a technical marvel but also a modern art masterpiece of transportation. Imagine driving on a giant architectural structure like a maze. But instead of walking, you are moving at high speed. Hoang Giac Loan intersection has up to five levels stacked on top of each other like a giant layered birthday cake. The highest level is 37 meters above the ground, while the lowest level is just high enough for you to feel like driving through a park. This intersection is like a supermarket with over 20 road branches, each leading to different destinations inside and outside the city as you wish.

Known as the heart of Trung Khanh's traffic, Hoang Giac Loan connects every corner of the city. It is not only a place for transportation but also a bridge between the rapidly developing areas of Trung Khanh and neighboring provinces. One can drive from this intersection to famous tourist destinations, bustling industrial zones, or even other major cities in China. Have you ever watched science fiction movies with super intelligent transportation systems? That's what you will see at Hoang Giac Loan, where the traffic management system is equipped with AI to monitor and adjust vehicle flow, ensuring no wasted time in commuting.

Surveillance cameras operate 24/7 to make you feel safe and comfortable while driving. Every day, thousands of vehicles from cars, buses to trucks rush through Hoang Giac Loan intersection. This intersection has a total length of 16 km of connecting roads and a total road surface area of 200,000 m2. Therefore, the area of Hoang Giac Loan intersection is equivalent to more than 27 standard football fields. This shows the vast and impressive scale of this intersection.

Looking at this intersection, many people may wonder what happens if they take the wrong turn. In case of a wrong lane, drivers can choose another lane within 10 minutes based on very visible signs.

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