Qikou Scenic Area
Qikou Scenic Area
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48 km South of the County, Lin County 033000 China
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina64,971 contributions
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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mkxw
Singapore, Singapore41 contributions
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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Jasper F
Haarlem, The Netherlands260 contributions
Apr 2013 • Couples
We planned to stay only for a night in ine of the caves, but ended up tsyaing there for 3 nights! We loved it! Apparently the village of Lijiashan is used a lot by Chinese art students for paintclasses. We stayed with a studentgroup and spend the day walking ariund the area, taking ohoto's and draw a little ourselves. One of the students painted our grottoe and gave it to us as a present (no conjob this time!). There are no souvenirsshops, no touristtraps. It's real! And it's for a limited time. The first restaurations have started, the elder people are almost gone and in a few years tourism will defenitly take off here!

From Taiyuan West busstation, we took a bus to Lisjèh (or something. Not to mix up with Lishi!) for 82 yuan each. The west bus terminal is on the other side of Taiyuan from the train station. We took a taxi for about 23 yuan. Busses from Taiyuan to Qikou leave daily at 10:30 am only. The bus to Lisjeh also goes at 12:00, it's about four hours drive! At Lisjèh we took a bus to Qikou for 15 yuan (1,5 hours).

Once at Qikou we were told we had to walk. But honoustly, we carried over 20kg of stuff and the walk is quite uphill. So we got a taxi. Someone offered to bring us in a jeep. We thought for 2 yuan (we should have known better), he thiught for 200 yuan! It almost ended up in a fight (the guy is the owner of the hotel in Qikou, just across the bridge). In the end we paid 50 yuan. Which is not too bad we found out, the price for a minivan from Qikou to Lijiashan is 30 yuan.

Once up the mountain there are severall places offering very basic lodging. There is one place with a hot shower. On the other side of the village, on top of the mountain. The other places are showerless, but not less charming. We enjoyed experiencing the way of live they used to live here. Including night runs to the pit toilet ;-) Enjoy!
Written April 23, 2013
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traveggie
Breda, The Netherlands296 contributions
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
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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dhannum
23 contributions
May 2013 • Couples
The actual name of what everyone is talking about here is Lijiashan or Li Family Mountain. It is a small village approximately 10 kilometers downriver from Qikou Village. It can only be reached by a private car or on foot. It is well worth the visit!
Written June 21, 2013
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Eyal
Tel Aviv, Tel Aviv, Israel7 contributions
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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JarlNL
Amsterdam, The Netherlands38 contributions
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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anthonyg605
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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AndyBallasb
Nanchang, China49 contributions
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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