Silkroad D13: Ciqikou Anicient Town - Small Chongqing
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January 8th, 2009 – by: wsquare
Of course this plan didnt materialise as the cost was too much for me to take, and even so, it would be extremely rush for me. Scrapped.
Well it's the contrast that I WOULD want to wake up early despite sleeping late, but guess yesterday journey toiled on me, that I overslept till late morning.
Thanks to the friendly staffs in the hostel, they even wrote me the directions to get to Ciqikou Ancient Town, from Metro station to the Bus to take. Due to my late start of the day,i've modified my travel plan where i should grab a cab over instead of waiting for the local bus.
My cab fee to Ciqikou Ancient Town cost me 28rmb from Daping, where I was supposed to take my bus there. Apparently,on my return route, it took me 18rmb instead to Liziba stop,which is in fact few earlier stops from Daping. To my realisation,from my understanding with the cab driver, most of the metro stops are on mountainous regions, thus the stops you see on the train route may not equate to distance. As in, further stops may not be the furthest from a point. So Daping is situated on the mountain top,where there is a local bus which traverse the area to Ciqikou Ancient Town. However, few stops earlier, Liziba is just located at the foot of the mountain, and in fact, is much nearer if you travel on the main expressway, which most cabs will ride on.
Anyway the shortest & fastest route to Ciqikou Ancient town is to take Line2 Metro to Liziba,grab a cab and vice-versa! Approximately 45mins of travel.
Highlights of the Day:
1. Ciqikou Ancient Town
Ciqikou Ancient Town is definitely a place worth the visit i would say. Despite my past 13 days of backpack travel, Ciqikou Ancient Town gave me a very refreshing and captivating feeling when i reached there，a place I would wish to stay longer if I've the time to spare!
As the name implies literally, Ciqikou is an old town, and its name Ciqikou means porcelain harbour where the community used to thrive on since the Ming-Qing dynasties. So it has history dated more than a thousand years of history. Geographically, history has it that Ciqikou has very good fengshui.
Within the town, there are aplenty of traditional snacks and you can still indulge in the serenity and the old preserved residential buildings. It's definitely a place worth for snacking and buying souvenirs too. There are a wide variety of snacks that will definitely please your placate.
And not to mention, it seemed the most famous local food delight there is Ma Hua, (sugared-twisted fried dought?). Most of the people who went there would never come out empty-handed of Ma Hua. But what i liked best was the home-made preserved beancurds and spicy ginger-flavored soy beans which I bought there. Amazingly good to go with plain porridge.
So should i say it was a blessing in disguise that I may have missed Dazu, but I came to Ciqikou Ancient Town.
My flight back Shanghai was scheduled at 5:10pm. I was back at the hostel and left by 3pm. Pretty reasonable buffer time right? Apparently it was not that so. It happened that the time coincided with drivers on shift-change and nearly all empty cabs refused to take passengers. I nearly panic as it took me near to an hour before i manage to grab a cab. Yes, thanks goodness he was changing shift somewhere near to the airport. So of course i made it to the airport in time, checked in by 4:30pm thankfully.
Anyway Chongqing sky has always been that hazy, so it came no surprised that my flight was delayed for another 1/2 hour.
I took Chunqiu flight 9C8868 back Shanghai. Only when I was onboard did I learnt that I am travelling on China budget airplane. It's not too surprising anyway since I paid only 540rmb (inclusive of 90rmb airport+fuel tax) for my return fare.
春秋航空 9C8868 A320
17:05 Jiangbei Airport
19:00 Pudong Airport
I finally ended my entire Silkroad journey. Time just whizzed past and all my 14 days have suddenly became a history. The entire journey has truely became a journey of great remembrance which had entralled me. Finally, an enriching & fulfilling ending chapter of my working life in China to top up with.
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