Plan your Chongqing tour? Ciqikou is an ace in the hand of Chongqing Municipality that they could use to beat other cities in so called keeping the old structure and respecting the local culture. Chengdu has Kuan Zhai Xiang, Hangzhou has Qinghefang, Shanghai has Yuyuan Bazaar, Tianjin has an ancient cultural street, Hohhot has Saishanglaojie…
Among many modern cities in China, there exists a similar tendency towards returning and idolizing the ancients by restoring the old towns or streets. The reasons behind the massive government behaviors are various. The seek for economic results are an important impetus in the move to the restoration and gentrification of the these old and less developed areas in modern cities.
For better executive and political performance, local governments compete each other in restoring and rebuilding the old part of their cities in the name of respecting the tradition and local culture. Does China need so many “old towns” of similar style of Ming and Qing dynasties (1368 – 1644)? Normally old town reconstruction and expansion engulfs huge amount of investment. One answer is certain that the local governments need them to boost their city images and create more jobs for the local people.
Among others, local governments badly need these polished old towns to generate more tourists visiting theirs cities. For them, more tourists they bring, more successful their work will be in the economic aspect, not necessarily creating genuine and nostalgic world for people mentally and phisically to relax and enjoy. Old town similarity does kill people’s interest and make them languished sometimes.
Well, like it or not, your Chongqing Tour will definitely include a half day trip to Ciqikou old town, originally called Longyinzhen (dragon hidden town), approx. 3 km northeast of Chongqing downtown. Ciqikou literally means “Porcelain Port”. The name of the town can be traced back to porcelain production during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing Dynasties. Ciqikou is located on the west bank of the Jialing River.
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