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Chongqing's charms

More than just a manic industrial city, Chongqing's northern natural wonders, fiery cuisine and sleepy ancient towns make it an underrated weekend destination. By Debbie Yong

THE pagodas atop Jin Yun mountain try their best to motivate visitors. Placards along the ascent beckon: "200 more steps to the summit". Our local guide boasts of the view, up top, over tranquil Bei Bei, a district north of Chongqing, while retiree residents from the 12-million-population city

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