CHITTAGONG


Chittagong is the Commercial Capital City of Bangladesh. The surrounding mountains and rivers make the city attractive. Karnaphuli River falls in Chittagong. The largest land port of the country, “Chittagong Port”, situated in Chittagong. That’s why Chittagong is the city for export and import. Most of the large industries of Bangladesh are situated in Chittagong. Chittagong division is one of seven administrative divisions of Bangladesh. It is geographically the largest division of our country. It said that the commercial capital and the largest international seaport of Bangladesh. It also said that the healthy city (declared by UNESCO). Chittagong division is located in a picturesque hinterland of large hill forests and lakes. It shares the most South-eastern areas of the country.

Subdivisions: - Anwara Upazila, Banshkhali Upazila, Boalkhali Upazila, Chandanaish Upazila, Fatikchhari Upazila, Hathazari Upazila, Lohagara Upazila, Mirsharai Upazila, Patiya Upazila, Rangunia Upazila, Raozan Upazila, Sandwip Upazila, Satkania Upazila, Sitakunda Upazila.

Transport in Chittagong is similar to that of the capital, Dhaka. Large avenues and roads are present throughout the metropolis. There are various bus systems, taxis, and as well as smaller 'baby' or 'CNG' taxis, which are basically tricycle-structured motor vehicles. There are also traditional manual rickshaws, which are very common. As the population of the city began to grow extensively, the Chittagong Development Authority (CDA) has undertaken some transportation master plans to ease the traffic congestion in Chittagong. Under this plan the CDA along with the Chittagong City corporation have constructed some flyovers and expanded the existing roads within the city. There are also some other major expressways and flyovers under-construction, most notably the Chittagong City Outer Ring Road along the coast of Chittagong city. This ring road includes a marine drive along with five feeder roads and is also meant to strengthen the embankment of the coast. The government has also approved the construction of a 3.4 km under-water expressway tunnel under the Karnaphuli river to ensure better connectivity between the northern and southern parts of Chittagong, which is going to be the first of its kind in Bangladesh.

Tourism- The city of Chittagong is a major tourist attraction in Bangladesh. Its green hills and forests, its broad sandy beaches and its fine cool climate always attract the holiday-makers. Described by the Chinese traveller poet, Huen Tsang (7th century AD) as "a sleeping beauty emerging from mists and water" and given the title of "Porto Grande" by the 16th-century Portuguese seafarers. Chittagong is filled with dense green forests, endless rolling hills, a moderate climate and breathtaking beaches. Since the 7th century, Chittagong has been mentioned in many documents as a seaport of mystical beauty and magnificent charm. The bustling harbour stands in stark contrast to the tranquillity and peaceful surroundings of the city.

Patenga Beach- is one of the popular tourist spots for visitors in Chittagong. The beach lies approximately twenty-two kilometres away from the city of Chittagong, and is reachable by a straight, long road through a beautiful forest. It is located near landmarks which include the Shah Amanat International Airport and the BNS Isha Khan Naval Base. Patenga Beach is located at the 'Karnaphuli' River mouth and stretches across the Bay of Bengal. Another tourist attraction near Patenga beach is the Butterfly Park.

Foys Lake- is a human-made lake in Chittagong, Bangladesh. The lake was once just a lake and spillway constructed by Assam-Bengal Railway engineer. It was dug in 1924 and was named after the English engineer Mr. Foy. The lake is next to Batali Hill, the highest hill in Chittagong Metropolitan area. An amusement park, managed by the Concord Group, is located here which features usual theme park rides and attractions as well as boat rides on the lake, landscaping, restaurants, concerts with floating stages, scenic walking trails and many other fun activities. It also features a resort and a water park.

Batali Hill- is the highest hill in the city of Chittagong, Bangladesh. It is located near the Tiger Pass crossing, about 1 kilometres from the center of the city, and falls under the Pahartoli Thana. The hill is about 280 feet high. Foy's Lake, the largest man-made lake in Chittagong city, is situated next to the hill.

Bayazid Bostami- was a famous Persian Sufi born in Bostam, Iran. In Bayazid area of Chittagong, there is a shrine to his name, known as Bayazid Bostami Dargah Sharif, considered to be a holy place and attracted by a large number of visitors and pilgrims daily. It is a complex consists of a tomb surrounded by brick made structure along with an old mosque and a large pond. The large pond houses a large number of black soft-shelled turtles known as Bostami Turtle or Bostami Kachim (locally called Mazari) which are a very rare and critically endangered species. As of 2002, the IUCN classified the species as Extinct in the Wild.

The city has experienced many hotels and guesthouses coming in recent years. Many high end private hotels such as Hotel Agrabad, Hotel Well Park Residence, The Peninsula Chittagong, Hotel Harbour View, Hotel Meridian, Avenue Hotels and Suites etc. In the recent years more than 20+ hotels have launched operation in the port city to meet standards of foreign businessman, clients, dealers and tourists. Most of these hotels are located in Agrabad Commercial Area, Nasirabad, CDA Avenue etc.

The Chittagong Port- is the main seaport of Bangladesh handling import-export trade of the country. As such its importance in the national economy is paramount. The Chittagong Port Authority {CPA} is a basic services provider. Its objective focuses mainly on providing necessary services and facilities to the port users efficiently and effectively at competitive price.

Modern Chittagong is regarded as the commercial and industrial capital of Bangladesh. It is the main international maritime gateway of the country and hosts the headquarters of numerous Bangladeshi companies. The city accounts for 12% of the national economy and its industrial zones are among the world's most competitive manufacturing hubs. It has been eyed as a potential economic hub of the wider South Asian region, with the potential hinterland of its port extending across landlocked southern Asia. Bangladesh has planned various infrastructure development schemes for the region, including the construction of a massive deep water port. Chittagong is also a diverse melting pot of religious and ethnic communities in Bangladesh, including Muslims, Hindus, Buddhists Christians and others.

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