Ciqi Kou (Porcelain Village)

Ciqi Kou
With an area of 1.18 square kilometers, and a population of 18,000,Ciqikou ancient town in Chongqing has gone through time changes for about 1000 years, and is the key heritage under the protection of Chongqing, which still maintains its traditions for centuries.

It locates in the near outskirt of Chongqing, to the east is Jialing river. It's originally named as "Baiya Chang" in the Song dynasty when it's firstly built, and turned into a prosperous business port in Ming Dynasty, with name changed as "Longyin Town"(hidden dragon town),legend has that the first emperor of Ming, zhu yunwen, once was forced to tonsure as a monk and came to yu, today's Chongqing area, hid himself in Baolun Temple; so when he became the emperor, he ordered to change the name of "Baiya town" into "hidden dragon town", as the ancient emperors described themselves as dragons, son of the God of Heaven. Later in the Qing period, as for the rich production of porcelain wears, the name was accordingly changed as "Ciqikou", Ciqi in Chinese means porcelain. More than 20 sites of remains of ancient kilns were found here.

As an important port town beside the Jialing River, with its thousand year unchanged primitive folkway, it has become a epitome and symbol of ancient towns in Chongqing and is even named as "mini Chongqing". The long history has endowed Ciqikou with rich culture ground.

There're totally 12 alleys here in Ciqikou, with Ming and Qing style buildings built on both sides. The roads are paved with stone plates, with business shops gathering around. It's also an important distribution center of the locally special agricultural and sideline goods from various countries and towns in the mid and lower reaches of the Jialing River.
The ancient town is also famous for lots of temples, lots of traveling traces of famous human figures, and lots of teahouses. Nowadays, only Baolun Temple, the only one in Ciqikou town, was completely protected, which is originally built in Tang dynasty with a magnificent scale; besides, teahouses, is still the most characteristic view here, as the local enjoy having tea very much and gradually formed a habit to have tea in tea house, where they could also enjoy some local opera shows and some other art forms. Nowadays with many visitors and locals chatting and having snacks inside, the teahouses are still boisterous.

The port is a busy one; where the cruise ships also docks. One might either take a steamer to sail along the Jialing River or take an excursion boat to slowly enjoy the beautiful scenery along the river.

It's indeed somewhere one could totally relax and enjoy life and look backwards to the history, tradition and culture.