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40 counties, 4 cities

28.08 million inhabitants

82,400 km²

341 inhabitants per km2

On June 18, 1997, the city of Chongqing and its surroundings were removed from Sichuan province and elevated to the status of a directly-controlled municipality, of which the actual city only occupies a small part. Among China's cities with the status of a directly-level municipality Chongqing is number one in terms of land area and population. The region shares borders with the provinces of Sichuan, Shaanxi, Hubei, Hunan, and Guizhou. Th…

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Lijian, Hong, “Chongqing”, in: Brill’s Encyclopedia of China, Managing Editor English Edition: Daniel Leese. Consulted online on 02 December 2023 <>
First published online: 2008
First print edition: ISBN: 9789004168633, 20121018

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