This is the best tourist destination in Chongqing. It is pretty far from downtown(JieFangBie) but is definitely worth going to if you are in town for a couple days or if if you live in town and have never been(I find this hard to imagine.) CiQiKou is easily accessible on the subway that goes through town or by taxi(expect at least 40RMB's from anywhere, it's pretty far away.) It is a neighborhood that has been preserved and restored(sometimes nicely and sometimes not so well) and now transformed in to a sort of tourist, shopping and eating street. They sell mostly small treats and special snacks, nick nacks, and more ethnic or local kinds of souvenirs.There are also a couple cool bars to go to at night. It is very touristy though, a little overpriced(usually food), and extremely crowded on the weekends when everyone local comes here to walk around and hang out.
It has some great old Chongqing scenery and gives insight in to what Chongqing looked like in the past. It is one of the best preserved old neighborhoods in Chongqing, so if you're sick of all the skyscrapers and shopping malls, this is the place to go. It's a great place to take pictures or sit down in an old style house and have some tea or coffee. It's also a fun place to just look around and explore the small shops. It is a little bit of a carnival atmosphere in some parts(mostly the main street and at the end of the main street by the water) so I would recommend leaving the larger main st(in the center) and exploring the smaller streets that go off the main street in all directions.
It's not the coolest old town neighborhood in the world, but it is one of the best tourist places in Chongqing and a must see for anyone coming to town. CiQiKou does have a little "Disney" kind of feel in some places, but if you keep going and explore the less developed areas away from the center, it can be pretty cool. If you want something more authentic, dirtier, and much much more local(ie:a place where local people still work and shop) try 18 Steps(ShiBaTi) in JieFangBei. If you want a good place to buy souvenirs, try some local snacks, bring kids, or have a fun date, go to CiQiKou
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