I for one welcome our new Asian overlords
Shanghai is also a city with a fair distance between the downtown and the coast, somewhat ironically given its name, and the urban area has only stretched all the way to the coast since its explosive growth in the 2000s. And Tianjin is the same situation, among many others.
Very few major historic Chinese cities lie directly along the coast. There are a number of historical reasons for that. The "coastal" metropolises are in most cases sited at least twenty or thirty kilometers up from the shore, and often more.
Chengdu - the capital of Sichuan province and famous for its panda breeding centre, it is the largest city of Western China. Its name and location have remained unchanged for thousands of years, and during the Warring States Period it was the capital of the Shu Kingdom, before conquest by the Qin.
Chongqing - sits in its own municipality, which has been split off from Sichuan (on a map quiz, you can use the borders to distinguish it from Chengdu). As a municipality it has a status among Chinese cities only shared by Beijing, Shanghai and Tianjin. It sits on the Yangtze River and for that reason served as temporary capital during WWII, after the fall of Nanjing. I often think of it in terms of the string of major cities along the river - starting at the sea: Shanghai, Nanjing, Wuhan, Chongqing. Visually, it has a striking skyline tightly enclosed in a loop of the Yangtze.
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