Chongqing is one of the largest cities in western China and is the youngest municipality with a population of 33 million. The city has been the historical capital during the war with Japan and houses the Peoples Liberation Monument in Jiefangbei Square dedicated to fighters of the war with Japan. The video documentary is about the changing phases of the area surrounding Jiefangbei square and the transition of visual elements of the location and the colours, the perception of people about the monument and the location, and what has the location changed in the minds of the local people. It analyses the visual changes in terms of the development phase that it has gone through, the people that have come and become residents, the local people and their view of the location of the earlier times and the current periods. The location is a universally important one and has multiple emotional attachments of people with it indicated by the love and care they give to the place.
The city must grow gradually and consider nature as an integral part of growth so that it is complementing it by building along with it. Not disturbing nature, not using natural resources for personal gain, using designs of houses and offices which do not have to destroy nature are ways which can be best opportunity for the future development. It must do more for safeguarding nature as it is the sole provider for the livelihood of the city residents. The city can built more self-reliant cities which are not dependent on foreign capital and are independent of their survival and existence.
Jeifangbei in Chongqing is a monumental city and has been rich in its heritage and culture which off late has been deeply influenced by the western world. The city’s sites have seen major change of development and the colours and sizes of houses have changed significantly which has been accepted by some and rejected by others. The city residents have an emotional connection with the monument as they have lived the fear and deaths in the war with Japan. The city has developed into a major financial district and has capitalism as its main flavour. Accessibility ease of travelling and facilities are advantages, while poor quality air and water, scarcity of food, rising pollution, and stress on natural resources are disadvantages. The city must use sustainable policies which makes the city more self-reliant and does not depend on outside money and support. It needs to introduce policies which are environment friendly, and also try to keep the richness of culture alive for the coming generation.