Economy of Chongqing



As a significant national defense base and an manufacturing industry, Chongqing enjoys strong processing capacity and comprehensive industrial supporting ability after 60 years’ development.

Today, Chongqing’s R&D and production ranges from heavy truck, light truck, mini car to sedan. Currently, the municipal government is moving toward the goal of making Chongqing a Famous Auto City and the Capital of Motorcycles.

Equipment manufacturing industry enjoys an important position nationwide. Chongqing is an important production base for instruments. The Chongqing-based Silian Corporation is China’s largest automation instruments maker. Chongqing is also the largest base in western China for shipbuilding and relevant R&D. The gear cutting machines made in Chongqing are of highest level in China.

Electronics and IT industry emerges rapidly. International IT companies like HP, Acer, Guanta, and Inventec already have had their presence in Chongqing. The fast-developing IT industry is becoming the new pillar industry of Chongqing.

Chongqing is also China’s important chemical production base. Natural gas chemical industry and fine chemical industry are two characteristic sectors. The municipality also acts as the largest production base of paints in southwest China. And petrochemical is becoming a new growth sector for Chongqing’s economy.

Chongqing has the largest aluminum material processing base in China. For example, Southwest Aluminum (Group) Co, Ltd. is a comprehensive aluminum processing enterprise that has the largest production scale, most advanced equipments and most complete production varieties. Of its more than 10 newly-developed products have reached international leading level. Meanwhile, Chongqing is also one of the three largest glass production centers in China.

Chongqing is also an important medicine industry base as well as a medicine distribution hub. Currently, medicine products from Chongqing are marketed over 60 countries and regions.

In 2012, the total industrial output topped RMB 1.5 trillion yuan, reaching RMB 1525.83 billion, of which 1310.4 billion was from industrial enterprises above designated size.


Information Industry

Currently, a “5+6+700” pattern has been formed in the IT industry. Five brand owners, including HP, Acer, Asus, Toshiba and Cisco, 6 OEM manufactures, including Quanta, Compal, Wistron, Inventec, Foxconn and Pegatron, and around 700 parts and components producers have their operations in Chongqing.

In 2012, 42 million laptops were produced in Chongqing, up 68% year-on-year, and it is safe to say that “one of out five laptops worldwide is made in Chongqing.” In the same year, mass production of printers and monitors was realized, and over 9 million printers and 8 million monitors were produced. The output of communication equipment, computers and other electronic devices  added up to RMB 150.965 billion yuan, up 89.9% year-on-year, contributing to 6.2 percentage points of Chongqing’s industrial output growth and becoming the city’s No. 1 driver of industrial growth.

Post and Telecommunications Industry

Since becoming a municipality, the telecommunications industry of Chongqing has basically completed the transition from stimulation technique to digital technique, from telephone network to information network, from narrow-band network to wide-band network, and from single network to integrated and intelligent network. A modern fundamental network covering the whole municipality has been established, integrating digital transmission and program-controlled exchange. It mainly relies on optical cable and with satellite and digital microwave as supplement. At present, there are nearly 20.69 million mobile phone subscribers, over 5.75 million landline subscribers and 20.99 million Internet subscriber in Chongqing. Chongqing has become an important postal and telecommunication hub in Western China.

Commerce and Trade

Thanks to the prime waterway along the Yangtze River, Chongqing has long been an important commercial center and logistics center along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River and in China’s southwestern regions. In recent years, Chongqing has become more accessible to surrounding regions thanks to the implementation of the strategy to develop prosperous business districts, market areas, and logistic channels and revitalize large companies. In 2012,he total retail sales of consumer goods in Chongqing reached RMB 396.1 billion (2.4 times that of 2007), up 16% over 2011 with a growth rate ranking among the best nationwide; the total sales of goods reached RMB 1214.8 billion (3.1 times that of 2007), up 21.5% year-on-year; the commercial value added reached RMB 100 billion (2.2 times that of 2007), up 10.3%; the turnover of hotels and catering industry reached RMB 79.2 billion (3.4 times that of 2007) with a year-on-year growth of 21.9% and this industry employed 3.7 million people, ranking the top among non-agricultural industries. Chongqing’s network system of commerce, trade and logistics has been largely established, and its capability of ensuring market supply has been constantly strengthened. The city is developing towards the “capitals of shopping, food and convention & exhibition”.


Chongqing enjoys all-round development in all fields of agriculture, forestry, animal husbandry and fishery.

Chongqing is one of the key production bases of pork and breeding pig. Rongchang pig ranks first among the three famous breeding pigs in China, and therefore it is recognized as “national treasure”.

Chongqing is also one of the largest citrus producers on the upper and middle reaches of the Yangtze River. The citrus production reached 2.03 million tons in 2012, ranking 8th nationwide. And fruits such as Fengjie navel orange, Hechuan red orange, Kai County glorious orange, Jiangjin sweet orange, Liangping shaddock and Wansheng kiwifruit sell well all over China.

Pickled mustard root, one of the three famous preserv   ed vegetables worldwide, originates from Fuling, Chongqing. It has a history of more than 100 years. Furthermore, the Wujiang Pickled Mustard Root has been registered by its producer in over 20 countries, including the U.S., Japan, France, etc.

Flue-cured tobacco, another important industrial crop in mountainous areas, is mainly produced in the southeastern part of Chongqing, especially in Qianjiang and Wulong. The tobacco is greatly similar to the Yunnan-Guizhou type. Chongqing is also recognized by the State Tobacco Administration as one of the national production bases of fine quality tobacco.

Chongqing also has a long history of tea production. It boasts many kinds of famous tea. For instance, Xiuya Tea of Yongchuan is the favorite of customers; Black Tea of Nanchuan has won the golden prize of Worldwide Food Exposition in Brussels. And the Longzhu Tea of Kai County was listed as tribute tea in the Tang Dynasty.

Financial Industry

Chongqing is actively making efforts to become the financial center along the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. It leads China’s west in terms of concentration of financial resources. In 2012, the value added of financial industry grew by 20.8% and accounted for 8% of the city’s GDP; the total value of financial assets exceeded RMB 3 trillion yuan, with deposits and loans topping RMB 1.9 trillion and 1.5 trillion respectively; there were over 700 financial institutions and innovative institutions, and the capitals held by incorporated institutions added up to over RMB 120 billion yuan; 10 types of innovative institutions, including auto finance firms, financial firms and micro-credit firms have gradually taken shape. Chongqing also ranks first in China’s west in terms of the capability to offer financing services. In 2012, the ratio of loans to GDP was close to 1.4:1, and RMB 360 billion yuan was raised from financial institutions, of which 30% was raised from non-banking institutions. In term of innovation, Chongqing is also leading China’s west. The financial elements market has been running well, with a cumulative trading value exceeding RMB 360 billion yuan, and Chongqing has already embarked on the path of cross-regional development. The amount of offshore financial clearing was over USD 80 billion, an increase of 1.1 times year-on-year; Chongqing has been the pilot for various major financial innovation programs of the country. It was one of the places to pilot a number of innovative products, including SME private placement bonds, regional leader joint bond and publish housing private notes; the rural “Three Rights”mortgage financing and micro-firm start-up financing are well under progress. In addition, Chongqing also ranks among the best nationwide in terms of financial assets quality with the NPL ratio being 0.47%.



Thoroughfare Everywhere

Chongqing has a length of highways of more than 119,000 km in operation, of which 1,909 kilometers are expressways, shaping a skeleton network of “two rings and eight-direction expressways” with the density of expressway network ranking first in China’s west. The goal of “4 hours from anywhere of Chongqing to downtown Chongqing and 8 hours from surrounding capital cities to downtown Chongqing” has largely been realized. A number of new expressways totaling a length of 1,000 km are well under construction. The length of inter-county highways is 3,000 km and all counties in Chongqing can be accessed by high-grade highways.

New Silk Road –

Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe Railway Corridor

Chongqing has a number of railways, including Chengdu-Chongqing, Xiangfan-Chongqing, Chongqing-Guiyang, Chongqing-Huaihua and Nanchuan-Fuling railways, connected to the nationwide railway network. As of end-2012,the length of railways in Chongqing was 1,450 kilometers.Currently, the Lanzhou-Chongqing railway, Chongqing-Lichuan railway, Chengdu-Chongqing Passenger railway, new Chongqing-Guiyang railway, second Chongqing-Huaihua railway,  and Sanjiang-Wansheng-Nanchuan railway are well under construction. The Chongqing-Zhengzhou and Qianjiang-Zhangjiajie-Changde railways are under preliminary phase. After completion of these projects, the length of railways in Chongqing will reach 3,200 km, and the goal of “getting to the neighboring areas within 4 hours and the sea within eight hours” will then be fulfilled. By then, Chongqing will have the largest passenger train station and container marshalling station in China’s west.

Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway is a new strategic corridor for transporting goods from China to Europe and is therefore reputed as the New Silk Road or Third Eurasian Continental Bridge.

The total length of the railway is 10,769 kilometers, running from  Chongqing to Dazhou, Ankang, Xi’an, Lanzhou, Urumqi and Alataw pass, and then enters Kazakhstan, Russia, Belarus, Poland and finally Duisburg Germany. This corridor for railway transport was created under the joint coordination of the railway departments and customs of six countries. It is a new strategic corridor for sending Chongqing-made computers, machinery and electric products and automotive spare parts to Europe. It is characterized by “one customs clearance”, rapidness, safety and stability. “One customs clearance” means that after the goods are loaded under the supervision of Chongqing Customs, there is no customs check until the train arrives at the destination; “rapidness” means the total travel time from Chongqing to Duisburg is 16 days; “safety” means that the train is subject to whole-way GPS tracking; and “stability” means the domestic section of the Chongqing-Xinjiang-Europe railway has been included in the Ministry of Railway’s “100 Fast High-Value Goods Trains and 1,000 Direct Commodities Trains” Strategic Program.  

Water Transportation

The largest inland port city in western China

Chongqing is the largest inland port city in western China and on the upper reaches of the Yangtze River. The Yangtze River, Jialing River, Wujiang River and their tributaries have formed a Chongqing-centered “one-river, two-tributary” water transportation network. There are a number of important ports and passenger-cargo docks along the rivers such as Chongqing Port, Wanzhou Port and Fuling Port, which have developed the combined land and sea transport from Chongqing to overseas via Shanghai and made the channel available to the 10,000t vessels. By 2012, the water way mileage in Chongqing amounts to 4,451 km, including 1,057 km of courses at Level 4 or above. The annual cargo throughput capacity of the ports in Chongqing reached 145 million tons, including 3 million TEU containers. Chongqing has essentially become the water transportation hub of the upper reaches of the Yangtze River.

Air Transportation

One of top ten airports in China and one of top 100 airports in the world

There are one large airport, i.e Jianbein International Airport, and two small ones, i.e. Wanzhou Airport and Qianjiang Airport in Chongqing. in 2012, these airports added to a throughput of 22.42 million passengers and 270,000-ton cargo and mail. Among the others, Jiangbei Airport achieved a passenger throughput of 22.06 million, up 15.8%, ranking 9th nationwide and a cargo & mail throughput of 269,000 tons, with a growth rate of 13.1% that ranked 1st among the top 10 airports in China. Jiangbei Airport accommodates flights to 120 cities, including 88 in China and 32 overseas. In 2012, the Airport launched new international flight routes, e.g. from Chongqing to Helsinki, and new international freighter routes to Luxemburg, Sydney, Chicago, etc. So far, Jiangbei Airport operates altogether 15 international (regional) passenger routes and 18 international (regional) freighter routes.