Ciqikou Ancient Town
While it probably won’t fascinate anyone who has been to a well-preserved old town in China, such as Lijiang or Pingyao, Ciqikou is nonetheless an interesting little place to while away a few hours. It also benefits from a peaceful location on the bank of the Jialing River. The town, which was founded at the turn of the second millennium, was famed for its porcelain production in centuries past. These days the winding alleys of the town are lined with souvenir stalls. But there is still much to admire here. The buildings throughout the town are well-preserved with architectural styles of the Ming Dynasty and you have the opportunity to see some craftsmen at work at their stalls. Meanwhile, away from the main streets are some peaceful back alleys and there are plenty of food stalls and restaurants around.
There are also a couple of mini-attractions in the village. The steep climb up to Baolun Temple (¥5 admission), which dates from the mid 6th Century, affords some wonderful vistas of the town and the river. And the temple itself is quite attractive. There are also a couple of traditional houses in the town that are open to visitors.
Directions: Ciqikou is about 14km west of the Chongqing’s commercial center. A taxi fare from the center should come to a little less than ¥30 (as long as there is no serious traffic).
Show the taxi driver: 请带我去瓷器口古鎮, 谢谢。 (Please take me to Ciqikou Ancient Town. Thank you.