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“Uninteresting array of shops and crowds”

Ci Qi Kou (Porcelain Village)
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Reviewed April 10, 2014

Went there on a hot and humid weekend afternoon in March. Between the dense crowds and the pungent smell of certain food like stinky toufu, it was bad! Although there were a few interesting shops, the vast majority were really uninteresting and repetitious to us. Most disappointing was there was no porcelain shops of any kind which really makes a mockery of the name of the place. Yes, we do understand there used to be workshops and distributors in the past and they used the river to ship the goods out. Still it would have been nice to retain some of those porcelain businesses. You can skip this place if you have better things to do.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

This is a great spot to wander and see a bit of China, food and all. Loved the street food and snacks...there are a few spots that are super popular (based in the long line winding around the block) and definitely worth trying. There are also some fun shops with trendy western knick-knacks. It's definitely worth wandering around and seeing what you stumble upon. Warning: we went on a rainy day! If you are even remotely tall, umbrellas poking you in the eye is quite likely.

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Reviewed March 30, 2014

It's an amazing center where you can buy typical food and buy so many chinese products.
I used to go there during free time, lovely place!

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Reviewed March 24, 2014

I live in Chongqing but took my family here when they visited. Ciqikou is one of my favourite tourist spots to visit in Chongqing. It's outside and can get pretty crowded, especially at weekends, but it's a nice change from the skyscrapers. Loads of cute shops where you can pick up jewellery and gifts, tourist tat and lots of Chongqing speciality food. Look out for the guy that does amazing multicoloured candyfloss shaped like flowers and the Indian roti stall that does great crepe/pancake type things. Also loads of tiny cafes and bars to chill out in. Really easy to get to on line 1 of the metro (ciqikou stop) and close to shapingba.

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Reviewed February 27, 2014

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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