Home to 30 million people, Chongqing is perched high on cliffs overlooking the confluence of the Yangtze and the Jialing rivers. Historically, Chongqing has been Sichuan’s trading outlet for the rest of China. Now, the city has become an important industrial and mineral centre. Chongqing also attracts many tourists, as it is a likely point of departure or finish for any China tour package including a cruise through the Yangtze Gorges. NanwenquanPark (South Hot Springs) is located about 25 kilometres south of the city. Tourists can also take a picturesque boat ride along the Flowery Creek to the Caves of the Fairies.