Each workday, Li Yingmu rides his motorcycle on the 10-minute commute to his job at a factory in Chongqing's Liangjiang New Area. It's a short trip for Li, but a far cry from the challenging life he led not so long ago as a corn and wheat farmer in the nearby fields.
Editor's note: Chongqing lies at the convergence of the Yangtze and Jialing rivers and its position has allowed it to act as a crossroads for inland trade. But the municipality's ambitions extend beyond its borders. China Daily recently explored the municipality and its focus on becoming a major international trade hub.
In September 2011, the two governments signed an agreement to launch the Sino-Korean Industrial Park in Chongqing Liangjiang (Two Rivers) New Area
The economic focus is shifting from China's east to west.
"When I leave the apartment, I will always remember to turn off the gas," said Xu Chaohui in a serious voice.
Stoyan Atsarov from Bulgaria was delighted after signing a cooperation agreement with a business partner in Yiwu, Zhejiang province, where his company plans to build its first factory in China. The Bulgarian company will produce rose-oil candy for Chinese costumers.
Chinese and European senior officials urged further cooperation through the Sino-Euro railway on Wednesday.
Sitting on the south bank of the Jialingjiang River, the ancient buildings of Hongyadong - famous for its resemblance to the bathhouse in the Oscar-winning animation Spirited Away - are a must-see landmark in Chongqing.
Zhang Ke moved to Chongqing a year ago, after spending two years in Beijing.
Chongqing is one of more than 20 provincial areas or cities across China that have devised plans to explore the general aviation industry.