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Chittagong

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[[Image:Chittagong Faisal.jpg|thumb|200px|Chittagong in early morning]]
'''Chittagong''' is the capital of [[Chittagong Division]] in south-eastern [[Bangladesh]].
==Understand==
Chittagong is a fairly big, spread out town, and the second largest international seaport in the country. Like Dhaka the streets are filled with masses of rickshaws, though the city puts in a little more effort to keep its streets and sidewalks clean. Foreigners will notice a distinct increase in nuisance from beggars in certain intersections, for example, New Market Circle and the central Railway Station. Majority of the beggars are from other parts of the country such as Greater Mymensingh Region and Greater Noakhali area. This is due to the fact that Chittagonian people are more prone to charity relative to other parts of the country.
The busiest part of town is the area around the train station and Station Road, while things get a little more bearable as you move further north. GEC Circle is the intersection of Zakir Hossain Rd, O. R. Nizam Rd and CDA Avenue, about 3 km north of the train station, and is the center of middle to upper class life with a variety of shady restaurants and shopping.
===By air===
'''Shah Amanat International Airport''' ({{ICAO|CGP}}) is modern and clean and serves as Chittagong's international airport besides domestic services to and from [[Dhaka]] and [[Sylhet]]. It is the 2nd busiest in Bangladesh. Situated in Patenga, it has international services to destinations such as [[Abu Dhabi]], [[Dubai]][[Kolkata]], [[Sharjah]], [[Muscat]], [[Jeddah]] and [[Kuwait]]. Formerly known as MA Hannan International Airport, but was renamed on April 2, 2005 by the Government of Bangladesh. Major airlines that serve the airport include [http://www.bimanairbiman-airlines.com/ Biman Bangladesh Airlines], [http://www.gmgairlines.com/ GMG Airlines], [http://www.airarabia.com/ Air Arabia], [http://www.kuwaitairwaysomanair.comaero/ Kuwait AirwaysOman Air], [http://www.omanairflyregent.aerocom/ Oman AirRegent Airways], and [http://www.uabdl.com/ United Airways (BD)], Best Air, and Royal Bengal Airlines.
===By train===
==Get around==
Transport in Chittagong is similar to that of the country's capital Dhaka. There are various bus systems, taxis, and as well as smaller 'Baby' or 'CNG' taxis which are basically tricycle-structured motor vehicles. Also, there are the traditional manual rickshaws which are very common.
* '''Cycle-rickshaws''' are the natural choice, and cost around Tk 5 12-15 per kilometer.
* '''Walking''' is also a possibility as the town isn't ''too'' confusing, but keep and eye out as the streets can be very busy, especially around Station Rd and Jubilee Rd.
There are several bus transportation system in Chittagong. Even they it sometimes gets little crowd, but it is one of the cheapest way to travel.
==See==
*'''World War II Cemetery:''' In this well-preserved cemetery at quiet and picturesque place lie buried over 700 soldiers from Commonwealth countries and Japan. The War Cemetery is located in a hillside sloping place, in the south-western corner of Chittagong Medical College Hospital, beside the Badshah Mia Road of the city. The total area of this cemetery is eight acres, which is protected and supervised by the Commonwealth Graves Commission.
*'''Ethnological Museum:''' Shows a mix of tribal artifacts. The Ethnological Museum of Chittagong was established in the first half of nineteen sixties. The museum contains four galleries and a small hall. It is a little dark. Some sections contain mock ups of 'village life' for the different tribal areas with life size dolls. These are reminiscent of the museum in the film 'Planet of the Apes'.
*'''Chittagong Medical College:''' One of best medical college in Bangladesh and only specialized govt. hospital in Chittagong.It was established in 1958.
*'''Baitul Falah''' The largest mosque in [[Chittagong]].
*'''Chandanpura Mosque:''' Situated in the old city, the multi-domed mosque is an architectural sight to behold.
*'''Mohsin College:'''Situated beside Chittagong college. The College area covers almost 31 acres of land decked with beautiful landscape. The college Campus wears a garb of natural panoramic beauty. It is housed in eight metalled/pucca buildings on an extensive beautiful campus in the lap of nature. A beautiful play ground a stretches to the south of college gate, supplying the students a great scope to participate in different games and sports. The college campus upholds the ancient architectural beauty in the shape of a building built by the Portuguese.
*'''Court Building:''' Situated on the Fairy Hill, this building commands a magnificent bird's eye view of Chittagong city, particularly at night. The Court building was built immediately after the East India Company conquered and declared Chittagong as a separate administrative area in 1773. The building is huge, over 250 thousand square feet and has hundreds of rooms.
*'''Red-light district:'''The Red light district is situated near the Railway station at Kadamtoli. Opposite to the railway stations (basically there are two in Chittagong, one is the new one and another is the British built old one) a number of Hotels cater women and girls ranging from a cheap to quite a high price. Foreigners can sometimes request the room boys in their hotels for girls depending on what hotels they are staying. Some cheap hotels also offer quickies. A vast collection of porn CDs, VDVs, and books in local language are sold openly on road-side near the rail stations. This is an awsome site! At night and in evening you might even see girls standing nearby looking for customers. The place is quite crowded and looks like a typical bangkok brothel area.
 
*'''Kattali Beach'''. Natural beach with mangrove forest west of Halishahar and south of Kattali.
*'''Biplobi Uddan (2 number gate,Chittagong)'''
*'''Jatisongho Park (Panchlaish, Chittagong)'''
*'''War cemetery (Badsha Mia Road, Dampara, Chittagong)'''
*'''Butterfly Park (Patenga, Chittagong)'''
*<do name="Shitakunda Eco Park" alt="" address="Shitakunda" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">unites beautiful hills and lake......splendid place to see indeed</do>
==Buy==
* '''Aarong Handicrafts''' has a large branch on 1-2,CDA Ave just north of GEC Circle. It is well stocked with men's and women's clothing and housewares at medium to expensive pricesAvenue,Biman Bhaban(2nd Floor),Sholashahar, Nasirabad, Chittagong.*<buy name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long=""></buy> 
==Eat==
* <eat name="Ambrosia" alt="" address="Jiban Bima Bhaban (Ground Floor), 1053, Sk. Mujib Road" directions="Next to Radio Station &amp; Opposite to Standard Chartered Chittagong Main Branch" phone="+880 31 2513576" url="http://www.ambrosiabd.com/" hours="Buffet Lunch: 12-4PM; Dinner: 6-11PM" price="" lat="" long="" email="" fax="+880 31 2513460"> The largest and the latest international standard restaurant in town with a Karaoke corner, seats up to 500 people across 2 floors. Has a huge menu of Continental, Indian, Thai, Chinese, Indonesian and Bangladeshi dishes. Fully air conditioned and very smart. </eat>
* <eat name="Bonanza" alt="" address="Above Aarong and opposite to the Meridian (GEC circle)" directions="" phone="" url="" hours="" price="Mains Tk 500600" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">The best restaurant in town which is of international standard. Bonanza has a huge menu. Recommended for foreigners who need a break from an upset stomach.</eat>* <eat name="The Meridian" alt="" address="Opposite to Bonanza (GEC circle)" directions="" phone="Don't know" email="" faxurl="" hours="" price="Mains Tk 300450" lat="" urllong="" email="" fax="">The Meridian has an excellent lunch buffet for around 350 taka. The rest of the menu used to be pretty good but as of late it is better to stick to the buffet.</eat>
* <eat name="Shaad Snacks" address="Station Road, across the street from New Market" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="~Tk 10" url="">A friendly place serving the usual fast food snacks - rolls and buns filled with chicken, beef or vegetables, microwaved to a spongy perfection as you order. They've got a good range of sweets as well. (the food at these snack places is not healthy for foreigners)</eat>
* <eat name="Shangri-La Chinese Restaurant" alt="" address="39, Agrabad" directions="" phone="810210" url="" hours="" price="~Tk 300-400 per person" lat="" long="" email="" fax="">Smart air-conditioned Chinese restaurant. But the place has nose dived recently and other restaurants have opened.</eat>
* <eat name="Pizza Hut" address="GEC circle up the hill towards Welmart" phone="" email="" fax="" hours="" price="~Tk 230-500 per medium pizza" url="">Pizza hut only arrived in Chittagong in 2006. Before that people had to go all the way to Dhaka for pizza.</eat>
* <eat name="Zaman Hotel (there are 13 Zaman hotels in Chittagong)" address="just north of GEC Circle, on west side of street" phone="0189 649 138" email="" fax="" hours="" price="Mains Tk 40-100" url="">The menu contains no foreign dishes and this is not a place where foreigners typically eat, though it falls at the top end of middle class Bangladeshi restaurants. The place is clean, the food is OK, the service is good. You can ponder the wisdom in the quote on the menu: "For super disk with quality food to avoid cooking please step with whose family at Zaman Hotel." There are two restaurants of the same name on the same block - this one is the most southerly, with the huge neon sign on the roof.</eat>
* <eat name="Zaman Hotel (Agrabad)" alt="" address="On the Agrabad circle" phonedirections="Don't know" emailphone="" faxurl="" hours="" price="Tk 50-100 for a meal" urllat="" long="" email="" fax="">The Zaman hotel at the Agrabad circle has the best food of the Zaman hotels. The Chicken Biriyani is particularly good coming with a large piece of chicken, an egg, rice, and a delicious sauce. The environment is more worn than hotel Zaman at the GEC circle. But the food is better. Since there are virtually no good places to eat on a budget in Agrabad it is worth checking this place out.</eat>* <eat name="" alt="" address="" directions="" phone="" email="" fax="" url="" hours="" price=""></eat> * '''KFC''', 5, CDA Avenue, Ispahani Moar, Dampara, Chittagong.Ph: 031-622879, 031-622892. The International fast food chain KFC has recently opened it's first outlet in Chittagong promising to serve high quality fast food in a popular array of complete meals to enrich the consumer’s everyday life.*<eat name="Basmati Restaurant" alt="" address="GEC CIRCLE, Chittagong" directions="" phone="031-651201" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Basmati Restaurant is the only restaurant of its kind in Chittagong. It provides delicious Bangladeshi and Indian food in a classy environment.</eat>*<eat name="Karahi" alt="" address="69 Agrabad C/A" directions="Opposige Ethnological Museum" phone="" url="" hours="" price="" lat="" long="">Designer: Syed Quamrul Ahsan & Architect Abu Yousuf Swapan; Designed a single space inspired by Mughal Architecture, several occasions could be arranged simultaneously, Indian, Chinese & Thai Cousine, Chinese food.</eat>
'''KFC''', 5, CDA Avenue, Ispahani Moar, Dampara, Chittagong.Ph: 031-622879, 031-622892. The International fast food chain KFC has recently opened it's first outlet in Chittagong promising to serve high quality fast food in a popular array of complete meals to enrich the consumer’s everyday life.
==Drink==
Alcoholic beverages are available at five-star hotels in Bangladesh as well as a number of private clubs. Four hotels in Chittagong have bar license; the Agrabad hotel, the Silmoon hotel, The Saint Martin hotel and the Peninsula hotel. While all the hotels are expensive for drinks the Peninsula is the most expensive by far(more than Tk550 for a large can of Heineken).
There are three private clubs in Chittagong. The premiere club is the Chittagong Club which is located at number one Empress Road. The Chittagong club has a bar license and serves foreign alcohol in addition to local gin, vodka and whisky. Chittagong Club membership is closed but foreigners can apply for "temporary membership" for up to two years.
The Chittagong Institute is a far smaller club but it does maintain a bar. It is located in Jamal Khan road.
The Catholic club opens membership to all persons for a small fee but membership applications are only accepted once a year (I think during December?). It maintains a small bar serving local drinks. Here you can buy Bangladeshi local branded (KARREW AND CO, Darshona) alcohol(Vodka,Ram,Malted,Whiskey,Gen) from licensed ware houses situated in Shadar ghat (Kazi & co.), BRTC,near railway station (Foreign Liqueur)and from Dewan Hat.If you want to go Bar, then you can go Hotel Shahjahan at Shadarghat, it is well furnished bar and here also a BAR at BRTC bus stand adjacent to foreign liqueur shop.
It is possible to buy alcoholic beverages, ranging from local brews to smuggled beer and counterfeit brand alcohol. Local booze is available legally at government licensed shops. There is one in Agrabad on Sheik Mujib Rahman road. It is tucked into an alley way a short distance from the first floor "Siemens" showroom. Counterfeit branded alcohol is available from illegal traders in Kulshie and other area. Deaths have been reported from consumption of adulterated liquor. Headaches and illness are more common. Smuggled booze is sometimes available from the sea beach.
*'''Hotel Golden Inn''', Station Road. A 2-star hotel situated on.
*'''Hotel Saint Martin''': Hotel Saint Martin is a 3-star hotel situated in the commercial district of Chittagong on Sheik Mujib road.
*'''Hotel Favour Inn International''': Station Road. A 2-star hotel situated on. Website: http://www.hotelfavourinninternational.com/
===Splurge===
* '''<sleep name="Hotel Agrabad''', " alt="" address="Agrabad Commercial Area, " directions="" phone="+880-31-713311, [mailto:[email protected]], info" email="hasan@agrabadhotels.com],[" fax="" url="http://www.agrabadhotels.com]. Online Booking Accepted. " checkin="" checkout="" price="$165-$700">A 4-star business hotel in the heart of the commercial area, easy airport access, district; restaurants and a swimming pool. $154-581. Hotel Agrabad is 4-star hotel situated in the commercial district of ChittagongOnline booking available. </sleep>
* <sleep name="The Peninsula Chittagong" alt="" address="486/B, OR Nizam Road, CDA Avenue" directions="near the G.E.C Circle" phone="+880 31-616722" email="[email protected]" fax="+880 31-624385" url="http://www.peninsulactg.com" checkin="" checkout="" price="$100-$150">4-star hotel. The roof of the building contains a swimming pool and offers a view of the entire city.</sleep>
* '''The Peninsula Chittagong'''<sleep name="Well Park Residence" alt="" address="Road # 1, ''Best Business Hotel in Town''Plot # 2, 486/B, OR O.R. Nizam Road, CDA AvenueNasirabad,Chittagong, BANGLADESH, PABX: +88-031-285-0860-69 (10 lines), Tel: 4000" directions="near the G.E.C Circle" phone="+88-031880 31-616722 or 619850, Fax: +88-031-624385 or 632506 [mailto:[email protected] 2557035" email="[email protected]peninsulactgwellparkbd.com], [" url="http://www.peninsulactgwellparkbd.com www.peninsulactg.com]. Situated in the prestigious GEC circle of the Port City, The Peninsula Chittagong provides superior services combining western sophistication and Chittagonian hospitality in a scenic and convenient location. Discover this unique retreat for business or pleasure just minutes from the commercial center surrounded by famous retail shops, restaurants and corporate offices. Tariff: " checkin="" checkout="" price="$100-$150. The Peninsula Chittagong is a 500">4-Star Hotel situated in the center of the city near the G.E.C Circlestar hotel. The roof of top resturant have trendy with the building contains a swimming pool and offers a view touch of the entire city.nature</sleep>
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