Ciqikou is on a hill above the Jialing River in the western part of
Chongqing city. It is a small section of city with about two city
streets and back allies that are set aside as a pedestrian shopping
and dining area. The government wants to promote tourist business
in the area. People go to shop and eat snacks and gourmet food.
It is now a part of the city of Chongqing, but it was once was a
prominent market and trade town next to Chongqing. In the Ming
Dynasty, it was a river port and market town. Goods were
transported over land and water. Some buildings have been renovated
and preserved. Along the streets are shops for porcelain and other
items and many restaurants and snack shops.
So while you are shopping, you can eat and drink beverages at the
same time. Some of the tea houses have performances of traditional
Chinese music. It is a place to see more of how Chongqing used to
be, eat and shop.
This area is now a part of the Shapingba District of Chongqing in
the western part of the urban area. There was a town there a
thousand years ago. It was a busy commercial dock in the Ming
(1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1912) Dynasties. It is sometimes called
Small Chongqing or Porcelain Town because the place hasn’t been as
modernized as the rest of Chongqing. It is also called Porcelain
Town because town people manufactured and traded porcelain.
Porcelain is still sold in the shops. There is a restaurant boat to
eat in and a hostel to stay in.
One of the major things tourists do is eat in the restaurants and
shops. There are candied sweets, pastries, the Zhangfei Beef Shop
where the owner dresses up in a strange custom, a restaurant for
Indian food, and different kinds of stir-fried dishes with lots of
hot chili pepper. Some dishes have so much chili pepper they look
like they are mostly fried red chili pepper. There are noodles and
fried donuts. There are all kinds of restaurants from snack shops
to gourmet restaurants. One of the teahouses has a Sichuan Opera
Face Changing Performance. This is fun to watch.
One of the things that might interest you is to see the classroom
where physics Nobel Prize winner Samuel CC Ting studied when he was
a child. Its original look was recreated with a picture of Sun
Yat-Sen on the wall. A large and very expensive scientific
satellite that he has been building is scheduled to be launched on
the Space Shuttle this year. His name may be in the news in 2010.
Location: On the Jialing River near where it merges with the Yangtze River.
It is about three or four kilometers from the main business and
shopping area of the Shapingba District in the western part of
urban Chongqing. It is about an hour’s drive from the city center.
- Many restaurants and small shops lots of different kinds of snacks
and gourmet food.
- Tourist shops.
- Restaurant boat.
- A place to see how things looked 60 years ago.
- A preserved classroom where Samuel CC Ting studied.
- “Face Changing” Sichuan Opera performance at a teahouse.
- Various flavors of fried red chili peppers.
- Seeing old houses and streets.
- See the classroom where Samuel CC Ting studied.
- Transportation: Ciqikou Old Town is about 3 or 4 kilometers away from the main
Shapingba retail and business center, so you can take buses or
- The area is a pedestrian area.
- There are more rustic buildings and older looking streets away from
the entrance. You can walk south along the main street away from
the entrance and leave behind the crowds of tourists.
Other attractions in the urban area include the Three Gorges Museum
and the Great Hall of the People. They are next to each other. The
Chongqing Zoo is a popular highlight in the southern part of the
city. Chongqing University is about three kilometers away along the