Jiefangbei, or the People’s Liberation Monument, is one of the landmarks of Chongqing. The monument was originally a wooden structure and called the Soul Castle. It was opened to the public in March 12, 1940, which was the date commemorating the death of Dr. Sun Yat-sen. After China’s victory of the Anti-Japanese War in 1945, the monument was rebuilt and finally named People’s Liberation Monument.
Why the Liberation Monument is special
Standing in the most prosperous downtown of Chongqing, the Liberation Monument is not only the symbol of civilization but also the evidence of the half century’s history. Today, it is also the center of the city marked as Chongqing’s commercial heart. Since 2006, Liberation Monument CBD continuous accessed as "China's top 10 landmarks business district ", "national characteristics and culture of place", and so on.
Liberation Monument highlights
Liberation Monument Commercial Pedestrian Street
The Liberation Monument shopping square, completed at the end of 1997, is 400 meters from east to west, and 350 meters from north to south. The area covers an area of 24,400 square meters. The Liberation Monument Commercial Pedestrian Street centers this well-known shopping area. Clusters of modern shopping malls and exclusive shops line the roadsides. Banks, theatres, KTV clubs, bookstores, hotels, bars and pubs are also quite easy to find. Some of the main buildings worth seeing include Chongqing Department Store, New Century Department Store, Commercial Mansion, Friendship Shopping Center, Carrefour Supermarket and New Oriental Women Plaza.
The Chaotianmen Market, located on East Jiefang Road, is the biggest market in Chongqing. It is reported that goods traded in the market come from or are sold to more than 200 counties in Sichuan, Hubei and Hunan provinces. Shoppers can expect to find stylish clothes and very reasonable prices. Still, bargaining with the vendors in most stalls and shops will ensure a great deal.