Qikou Scenic Area

Qikou Scenic Area, Lin County: Address, Phone Number, Qikou Scenic Area Reviews: 4/5

Qikou Scenic Area
The area
48 km South of the County, Lin County 033000 China

25 reviews
Very good

Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel7 contributions
A charming place
Sep 2017 • Couples
Charming and relaxing city, worth visit for 3 to 4 nights if you are not rush in time. About 2 hours by local bus from Lvliang, every morning several buses departure to Qikou.
Written October 12, 2017
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands38 contributions
Small ancient town, nice temple
Aug 2017 • Family
I still do not know whether it was worth the trip to get here. We arranged a taxi from Pingyao (650 RMB, whole day, including a visit to Lijiashan). Qikou scenic area is just a few streets. It looked like recently renovated. I imagine Pingyao was like this 10 years ago. One can easily walk to the temple on the top of the hill, overlooking the Yellow River.

For those interested our schedule: we left Pingyao at 07:00 AM. Arrived at 10:15 at Qikou. Took plenty of time to walk around and have lunch. Arrived at 13:00 at Lijiashan (all the way by car). As this is a small area as well, we had plenty of time to walk around. Left at 15:00 PM, arriving 18:00 back in Pingyao.
Written August 27, 2017
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Yekaterinburg, Russia64,030 contributions
Beautiful ancient town, lots of relics, and very scenic area
Apr 2017 • Friends
The ancient Chinese merchant mountain-town of Qikouis is on the banks of the Yellow River, in Lin County, Shanxi Province. Although this ancient town is close to 1,000 years old, it only started to attract tourists in 2010, and this was due to an initiative of the local government to attract tourism. The history of Shanxi province goes back 4,000 or more years. It is said that Shanxi is the cradle of Chinese civilization. Emperor Yan is believed to have lived in southwestern Shanxi in approximately the 25th century BC. As proof of its significant history, Shanxi has 35,000 relic sites and growing as more and more continue to be discovered.

There were a few artists (photos attached) in one area of the town. We bought two paintings at 120rmb each.

The Yellow River Rock murals (photos attached) outside the village of QiKouzhen. Rock erosion over the years has created a form of beautiful “modern art”. Although the nature-made murals were nice to look at, I wouldn't recommend the trip out to see them. For most, looking at photos should suffice. The return trip cost us 250rmb.

Similar to most smaller town people in China, the local inhabitants were very friendly and helpful.

Although there are some western toilets, you may find it a challenge using Chinese-style squat toilets. Usually, the floors are dirty-wet, so roll up your pant legs before squatting. Make sure you have a good supply of tissue on hand at all times.
Written April 15, 2017
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Breda, The Netherlands268 contributions
a wonderful experience
Oct 2015 • Couples
We went to this area on a day trip from Pingyao arranged by our guesthouse. Before we left we were told that it takes about 2 hours by car, but in reality it took 3 hours,so there and back 6 hours, which is really a bit to much at the time. But thinking back on it, this was one of the highlights. We had lunch with an organic farm family where time stood still and just wondered around the mountainside and date tree plantations. Fascinating to see how people lived in caves. Beautiful landscape with a backdrop of the yellow river. A great escape from the busy streets of Chinese city's.
Written November 11, 2015
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Glenn B
Shenzhen, China337 contributions
A Simple Life
Aug 2015 • Couples
A great place to visit before tourism really takes off . This used to be a main Port Town almost 100 years ago . The town is becoming popular but it has a lot of charm and remnants of a time when life was more simple . The dwellings and other facilities around this area are bountiful and the place has a vibrancy with a lot of the people here very polite and always smiling . The scenery with Yellow River and the Mountains as a background is magnificent .This is a place to visit within the next few years before it becomes over developed and over crowded with tourists . A must do to see how people have lived here for centuries .
Written August 4, 2015
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Tokoroa, New Zealand74 contributions
Jul 2015 • Couples
Great if your a hipster and want some random country pics for instagram but otherwise too much effort for very little reward. Now there is a 100RMB charge for entering the city.
Written July 31, 2015
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Nanchang, China47 contributions
Ethnic location for an over night.
Jul 2015 • Friends
Good base for seeing the locality. With mountain villages and boat trips. The village itself is interesting but limited in content. Hotel accommodation was clean, Western toilets and great views of Yellow River.
Written July 18, 2015
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Nuremberg, Germany2,030 contributions
Review of Qikou town
Aug 2014 • Couples
The town of Qikou is cute, very small but has personality. There is not much to see, except from a temple, there is people waiting to guide you once you leave the bus that want money to show you around, just keep walking or cross the bridge and walk to the right with the river on your right if you are looking for Lijianshan, or better, pay some yuans to some motorbike guy to take you there, they are not cheap, but use your skills since its a long walk.

Lijiashan is perfect, so go there, is nice, walk on the way back from the mountain and enjoy the views, if you are moving by bus you will have to leave early if you plan to catch the bus connection to Pingyao.

Be careful, there is no working or useful banks in Qikou, so there is no way to cash out, there is a branch there and some signs, but the walk is long and once there the ATM didnt work, since it was not one of international banks. There is obviously no ATMs in Lijiashan neither.
Written January 26, 2015
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Singapore, Singapore41 contributions
Authentic experience and still loving it
May 2014 • Friends
This is the Lijiashan you have been reading about. It is a 550 year old village and everyone there either has the surname Li, or is relative with one. Tucked away from the rest of China, other than occasional group of Chinese tourists dropping by for day trip, you pretty much get to enjoy it raw.

It's a 5/6-hour (long-distance) bus ride from Taiyuan to Qikou and from there you can pay for a (very skilled) private taxi to drive you to the doorstep of your homestay family. We stayed with Mr Li HP 138 3583 2614, for about 50yuan per person per night, 3 meals inclusive.

At the time of our stay, they were installing a western shower toilet so we are expecting things to get more convenient by the time you go. But we loved it the way it is, naturally cool room in summer, underground natural fridge for storage of drinks and vegetable, rock bed with thin mattress and traditional homemade Shaanxi noodle by the Mrs Li.
Written October 9, 2014
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Sally F
Beijing, China29 contributions
Romantic Qikou - historic Yellow River trading post.
Mar 2014 • Couples
One hundred years ago this town on the Yellow River in Shanxi Province was a trading post. Goods coming by river from the west had to be off loaded here because the water was too shallow for boats to pass. From Qikou, everything was loaded on to Camel trains. Now the town is being revived as a tourist destination by locals bringing the old hotels back to life. Signs along the intricate alleyways provide an insight into the past life of the town as you wind though alleys up to a temple over looking the river. We stayed in one of the large quadrangle “cave hotels” which are carved into the slope of the hills. An excellent dinner was served by the proprietor wearing his Mao army coat, in a dining room with walls covered in historical Red China posters. The beautiful lattice windows in the bedroom covered in tissue paper completed the romantic picture for me. You could spend a few days in this area, exploring nearby hillside villages. One built for the women of the wealthy merchants and a few kms away the Lijia village attracts many artists. We travelled with Beijing private tour guide, Peter Zhao iampeter518@foxmail.com, highly recommended for extended tours, however it is possible to take a local bus from Taiyuan or Xian.
Written October 7, 2014
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