Chongqing was taken out of Sichuan to become a separate municipality as a was of promoting the development of the West of China. The food is spicy, locals pretend even spicier than in Chengdu. The city is mainly built on hills which means that bicycles and motorbikes are very few, leaving place to cars. The confluence of the Jialing and Yangtse rivers is a good place to walk around, do some shopping and enjoy some Western luxuries. A visit to the town of Dazu is to be recommended, it is known for Buddhist rock carvings.