Chongqing and Philadelphia

In day 3 we find a unique mixture of two cities that are not quite as well known to their foreign  counterparts despite being highly populated cities steeped in history.  Just as Philadelphia was the capital of the US during the Revolutionary War, Chongqing was the capital of China during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War.  We have matched these cities primarily for the reasons mentioned above, but also for the history in heavy industry but also for their openness to adaptation.  As Chongqing shifts to a focus on tourism, foreign trade, foreign direct investment and consumer markets, Philadelphia has pushed for a shift to focus on biotechnology, life sciences and health care.  


  • Population - 11.8 million
  • Location - Located in Central China intersected by the Jialing and Yangtze Rivers.
  • Fun Fact - In 1929 it became a municipality of the Republic of China and during the 2nd Sino-Japanese War it was attached heavily by the Japanese Air Force.  However, much fo the city was protected from damage because of its rugged, mountainous terrain.  As a result of this natural protection, many of China's factories were moved to Chongqing.


  • Population - 1.55 million
  • Location - Located in the North Eastern US at the confluence of the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers.
  • Fun Fact - Philadelphia has been home to the first library in the US (founded by Benjamin Franklin) and the first art museum and art school and still has more public art than any city in the country.