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Ciqikou Old Town


Ciqikou is an ancient town located on the west bank of the Jialing River and covers an area of 1.18 km2. The geography of Ciqikou is considered to have perfect Fengshui by the local people. It was originally called Longyinzhen and was also known as Little Chongqing. 

History & Background
According to an old Chinese proverb: "One flagstone road, and one thousand years' Ciqikou". The name of the town can be traced back to porcelain production during the Ming (1368–1644) and Qing Dynasties. Formerly a busy port located at the lower reaches of the Jialing River, a thousand years after its foundation the town remains a symbol and microcosm of old Chongqing (Jiang Zhou).

Ciqikou was first built during the reign of Emperor Zhenzong of Song Dynasty. It gained prominence during the Ming Dynasty as a commercial port and market town, shipping goods both by land and water. Reaching its climax during the end of the Qing Dynasty, the town has been described poetically, in Ciqikou, as "one thousand people greet each other during day ... ten thousand lamps flicker at night".

What to do in Ciqikou
Ciqikou is the source of Baci culture. Many well-known people lived here during the Second Sino-Japanese War, including Guo Moruo, Xu Beihong, Feng Zikai, Fu Baoshi, Ba Jin, Bing Xin, etc. Ding Zhaozhong, a Chinese-born American scientist, studied here for many years during his childhood.

Landmarks in Ciqikou

Compound of Zhong's
This compound is more than 120 years old. It was built by a late Qing Dynasty eunuch by the name of Zhong Yunting, who served on the staff of the notorious Empress Dowager Cixi of the Qing dynasty. Traditional Chinese architectural designs used in both the North and the South are featured in this heritage compound.

Bayu Dwellings Collection
Visitors walking into the hall and courtyard—and across the separation of time and space—of Bayu Dwellings, built of timber, stone and brick, experience an unmistakable sense of peace.

Bao Lun Buddhist Temple
The Jianwen Emperor of the Ming Dynasty spent the rest of his life living at this temple after he was ousted from Beijing and went into exile. The four large Chinese characters "大雄宝殿" hanging on this temple were written by Zhao Puchu, a famous Chinese calligrapher who served as the president of China's Buddhist Society. The main building at the temple was built 600 years ago during the Ming Dynasty and is characterized by its splendor. The whole building was constructed without using a single nail and is regarded as a miracle in China's architectural history. Buddhist believers flock to this temple to pray and undertake other Buddhist activities year in year out, particularly during China's Spring Festival.

Han Lin Academy
The Han Lin Academy in Ciqikou used to be a school, operated by a sun family during the Qing Dynasty. The family's offspring studied there, and three of them, including two other students, were awarded the Qing Dynasty regime in recognition of their outstanding performance in a national examination organized by the Qing Dynasty's Ministry of Education. In large part due to this reputation, the Han Lin Academy in Ciqikou brought together many local academics and students at the time

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