Pianyan Ancient Town

Pianyan Ancient Town, Chongqing: Address, Phone Number, Pianyan Ancient Town Reviews: 4/5

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Experience "old China" just a short drive from the big city
Aug 2020
The best part of the town is the river. Nothing to write home about for a foreigner, but Chongqing people come to this town to experience the cute old town and the river.
Chongqing has much more impressive rivers, Yangtze and Jialing, but this one is only a foot or two deep and goes through the town center.
Kids can safely play in the river and take inflatable boat rides down the river.
There is a return service at the end.
Restaurants have tables and chairs in the river. One can sit there on a hot summer day and enjoy food or a beverage with his/her feet in the (not so) cool water.
It is a glimpse of old China in a driving distance from the big city.
The services for foreign travelers may not be the greatest in the world because this is not meant to be that. Chongqing "city people" come there, but a foreigner is a rare sight.
I happen to have a friend whose family owns a house overlooking the village and the valley.
Sitting on the patio late in the night, watching the mountains on the other side is just pure magic.
Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but if you're in Chongqing and want to see some "real old China", this might be your spot.

PS. They also have the nicest cops in the world.....
PPS. There was a question about when did I visit this place. The only option was a MM/YYYY answer. I visit this place frequently.
Written February 20, 2021
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Rolf K
Chongqing, China6 contributions
Unusual visit, but not pleasent
Oct 2013 • Friends
We were to visit Pianyan north of Chongqing. I am a frequent traveler in China and have visited many such old towns. This became a visit of an unusual kind, but not a pleasant one. We borrowed a car to drive there, it is 10 Km north of central Chongqing. First, the motorway was excellent, then we followed a country road with very heavy traffic of large dumpers, no respect or courtesy shown, frequent honking with loud horns and frequent truck service stations with piles of tires. It felt like going through a derelict 1950s industrial zone. The town looked different than then carefully manicured and cropped photos we had seen, it gave us more the feeling of a dark neglected slum. When leaving a woman blocked the way of our car and shouted something in the local language we could not understand. She was certainly not an official, parking or ticket attendant. We guess she was one of these scam operators who think foreigners are rich and can be “taxed”, they bang on the windows, sometimes kick the car, or throw something in front of it and demand money with menace, to extract money from foreign visitors. It is not common, but it happens and it happened here. This is not China, there are better places to visit. (Position Pianyan 30.0028, 106.6575) Go to Ci Qi Kou (29.5790, 106.4464), Hongyadong ((29.5623, 106.5783) or Longxin (29.687644, 106.817966) if you want to experience old China genuine towns.
Written October 19, 2013
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