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“good spot for souvenirs shopping” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village)

Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village)
14 km W of Chongqing, Chongqing 400030, China
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Ranked #2 of 362 Attractions in Chongqing
Type: Historic Sites, Cultural
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“good spot for souvenirs shopping”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 4, 2014

Over all I must say I was a little bit disappointed, because there is not much to see, there are just many many shops and hot pots. But when you pass all the smelly tofu stands, you can see many beautiful old-style buildings. In the old town itself, there is a variety of gift shops, food and stuff, sometimes you can find very amusing things (seek for little bags with "chinglish" on it or key chains that look like a bowl of noodles). When you go deeper to the streets, you can find many small coffee shops, they are very cozy. The bad thing is definately the "day-light robbery concept", please beware, if you are "laowai" (a foreigner, not Asian), you are like a walking wallet for them, dont let them steal from you and check the prices if you can. And the last thing, Ciqikou is allways crowded, especially on the weekend, it is better to visit it during week.

Visited June 2014
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“Porcelain Village (Not really)”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed July 1, 2014

If you go to Ci Qi Kou and you understand English, which also mean you understand the name Porcelain Village, then you may have been deceived. The name of this attraction is just a name to symbolize its past. Yes, in the past, this little village was a porcelain village, however, today, although many of the old houses remain, they mainly serve as shops selling local delights and souvenirs.

Nevertheless, I feel that it's still an attraction worth visiting as they show the old facade of Chongqing. If you're there or have seen pictures online when you search Chonqqing, skyscrapers are fast emerging as though there's a private competition going on as to which will hit the skies first. Therefore old buildings are still a joy to behold in this advancing city. As highways and skyscrapers continue to built, Porcelain Village serves as a reminder of what the Old Chongqing city used to be/look like.

I was unfortunate that it rained quite heavily when I was there. The cold(er) weather called for some local delights. I tried the walnut pancakes, they were good especially when eaten HOT! Also they have many "hawkers" competing for business. The noodles there in mala source is good, especially for those who feel cold when visiting this local attraction.

Visited June 2014
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“Ci Qi Kou (porcelain port)”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 30, 2014

Excellent place to visit.
A little bit of everything.
Jade products and a lot of other jewelry.
Painting's, carvings and plenty of other do dad's.
If you have never experienced "stinky Dofu", this is the venue for it.
Plenty of chow and tea shops.

Visited March 2014
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“Enjoyed myself.”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed June 13, 2014

There are small little cafes up the hill away from the main streets that have loads of character. They have interesting music, wifi and English menus.

Near the jetty there is an interesting restaurant called Ma Tou Hao码头号。Was good but it would be impossible to order if you don't speak or read Chinese.

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“Misleading”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

The name of this attraction because it refers to its previous life when it was a Porcelain Village.

Now it is simply an array of shops and stalls some of which are still using the pre-existing and others using re-constructed buildings. Whilst some of the architecture is interesting it is hard to know if it is original or re-constructed.
Even though we were there early in the morning, 9.30am, there was still quite a crowd walking around. We'd imagine that at busy times it simply would not be worth the hassle of trying to fight your way through the crowds on sometimes narrow paths.

Visited May 2014
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