Chongqing, China. 2013. Chongqing is a major city in the Southwest of China and one of the five national central cities in the PRC. It is one of PRC's four direct-controlled municipalities and was created as such in 1997. It has a population of 28 million people althogh only seven million are considered to be urban. It is considered the capital of the belly of China and has seen very rapid growth over the past ten years.