Ci Qi Kou, Chongqing

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  • Address: 14 km W of Chongqing, Chongqing 400030,China
  • Timings: 24-hrs Details
  • Time Required: 05:00 Hrs
  • Tags: Outdoors, River, Ancient Ruin, Family And Kids, Nature
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About Ci Qi Kou, Chongqing

Showing a reflection of what Chongqing must have looked like centuries ago is this ancient little town of Ci Qi Kou. The town got its name, literally translating to the porcelain village, due its significance for porcelain production in the Ming and Qing dynasties. Situated at the banks of Jia Ling River, today this lovely little town is bursting with colours and is full of experiences.

With its 12 alleys showcasing ancient architecture and a bustling marketplace feel to it, Ci Qi Kou is much loved by tourists and has quite a few attractions. Landmarks of Ci Qi Kou include –

  • The Compund of Zhong which stands for more than 120 years
  • The Bayu Dwellings Collection
  • The Bao Lun Buddhist Temple built about 600 years ago
  • The ancient Han Lin Academy

Culturally, Ci Qi Kou puts on display the best of Chongqing. One must not miss-

  • The various tea bars, each with their own distinct style
  • The ateliers, holding works by local artists
  • The Shu embroidery workshops displaying the craft famous across China

Various customs such as Chuntai Drama, Dragon Dance, Pingshu, Dragon boat race, temple fair have followed through the centuries in the town and continue even today. The Ci Qi Kou has some of the most exquisite experiences for your taste buds to offer. There are shops selling the Chongqing old yoghurt, Salt and Pepper Peanut, Chen Mahua and spicy noodles. You can even enjoy a barbecue at the riverside.

Ci Qi Kou Information

  • Explore the town on a leisurely stroll.
  • The riverside is a great site for kite flying.
  • Visit in spring or winter.

How To reach Ci Qi Kou by Public Transport

  • Metro line 1 gets you to Ciqikou station.
  • Bus operational from in front of Chongqing Grand Hotel to Ciqikou.
  • Take bus 202, 220, 237, 467, 503, 808, 843 and get off at Ciqikou Main Entrance.

Restaurants Near Ci Qi Kou

  • Chen Chang Chen Twist Silver Town
  • Tang HuoGuo
  • One Town Chiken Gizzard

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Ci Qi Kou, Chongqing Reviews

  • A great place tto literally shop an entire afternoon if you can appreciate food and shops. Fill of fun things to see & eat. The shops will inflate prices by 50-75% so be ready tho haggle. There is a fabulous Chinese Opera along with a mean for roughly ¥65 per person. I totally recommend it. Music, magic and show plus decent food. You'll love it!

  • Wonderful quaint old town. But there's are lots of hawkers for souvenirs. Being part of the Chongqing area it is pretty busy. But really loved it. Bought some new things for the folks back home.

  • This was a quaint town in Ming Dynasty style, with cobbled streets and traditionally tiled buildings. One of the highlights of the trip, as we had quite a bit of time to ramble through the many shops hunting for souvenirs and snacks, practicing our bargaining skills! A must-see destination in Chongqing!

  • 越夜越美丽 liveband cafes, shops, local delights, cafes, bars unique shops, snacks, light food all in a uniquely antique china town. Be prepared to spend at least 2 hrs here! Or more if you like to people watch in one of the many bars and cafes.

  • The Ciqikou villagers have preserved their wonderful town so you, in 2017, can experience what life in ancient China was like! Play carnival games! Buy fidget spinners! Visit a vape shop! They're all totally authentic so you know you're truly experiencing something marvelous from China's history. In all seriousness, it is crowded here. I even went in the off-season (December) and was getting pushed around. Shopkeepers make obnoxious noises and yell at you to attract your attention, the streets are narrow and full of women trying to take selfies, and you just want to shove the people in front of you for walking so slow. I'd recommend visiting when the population in China decreases some. Then it might be peaceful. Otherwise it's a racket.

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