Ciqikou Old Town Near Chongqing
Many people take the Yangtze River Cruise which starts up stream at Chongqing and cruises down to YiChang. Most Group Tours arrive in Chongqing in the late afternoon in time for dinner and boarding of the boats. Chongqing although a very large city has it's special places to visit if you arrive the night before the next day evening sailings or are just passing through Chongqing. One of the special places I like my clients to visit is Ciqikou Ancient Town which was first built between the years 960 and 1279 only 17 kms. from central Chongqing. The narrow walking alleys have no cars and you will find so many interesting sights of everyday Chinese living besides older homes such as the Zhong Family Courtyard home. Its owner Zhong Yanting worked for Empress Dowager Cixi who lived between 1835 and 1908. Zhong was in charge of procuring rare treasures for the Empress which explains the compound being constructed on a very lavish scale. Baolun Temple, Wenchang Taoist Temple, and the Imperial Academy are just a few of the other sights besides the old shops and traditional homes of the local inhabitants. If you will be staying overnight in Chongqing, I like the 4 star Hongyadong Hotel which overlooks the river having wonderful roof top gardens to enjoy. There are many restaurants within the complex nearby along with shops and many snacks and hand made candy being made. If you are having a private custom tour (that's what I do) be sure that if you are taking a Yangtze River Cruise that you include a day in Chongqing before leaving. Check out our web site at www.interlakechinatours.com Our 26th year of doingTours to China and Tibet.