One day back and forth, these free ancient towns are waiting for you
CHONGQING (CQNEWS) -- Taking advantage of the good weather, we can find a quiet ancient town to visit. Let’s take a look at what ancient towns are worth visiting!
Tanghe Ancient Town 塘河古镇
Tanghe Ancient Town is located in Jiangjin District. Because of the water transportation, the town had enjoyed a thriving scene of endless boating and merchants since the Ming and Qing Dynasties. There is a profound ancient town culture here, so many movie and TV dramas have chosen to set a scene here. The development time here is relatively slow, so the ancient town’s customs are still preserved without too much commercial atmosphere. It is really relaxing to walk and have a rest in the mottled alleyways to breathe fresh air.
Bus: Chongqing (Caiyuanba / Chenjiaping / Longtousi Bus Station) → Jiangjin Bus Station → Tanghe Ancient Town.
Jingangbei Ancient Town 金刚碑古镇
The Jingangbei Ancient Town is located on the bank of the Jialing River under the Jinyun Mountain in Beibei District. It flourished during the Qing Emperor Kangxi and has more than 300 years of vicissitudes. There are not many people and no dense shops along the street; there is only the mountains, forests and streams. It really feels like you are straying into the original old village. You can find a teahouse and drink a cup of tea, to slow down the pace of life, and enjoy the moment.
Bus: Take the bus 501, 503, 504, and 505 to Beibei District, then take bus 520 and 518 at Beibei station to Jingangbei.
Zouma Ancient Town 走马古镇
The Zouma Ancient Town in Jiulongpo District has been a must-go place for merchants to travel between Yuzhou and Shudu since ancient times. This ancient town is not big, but it is still worth visiting. The second, fifth, and eighth days of the month are the market days of Zouma Town. You can choose the time to go to the market. The shoemaker's clang, the hawker's yo-heave-ho, the Liuhuzi Dumplings, the Sanmenkou Soup Pots, and various traditional buildings and craft shops have restored a lively ancient town.
Bus: Take the bus at Yangjiaping, Nanping, Shiqiaopu, Shapingba, Chaotianmen, etc. to the Baishiyi fifth hospital, then transfer to bus No. 286 and get off at the Zouma stop.
Pianyan Ancient Town 偏岩古镇
Pianyan Ancient Town is located on the bank of the Heishui River at the lower narrow of the Golden Knife Gap in Beibei District. Mountains and rivers back the ancient town. The ancient trees in the town were tangled up and wore out the houses, feeling quite like “Bridge, River, Home”. There are many teahouses in the town, one after another, where people drink tea, chat, play mahjong, and enjoy themselves.
Bus: Take a bus from Chongqing to Beibei, then transfer to the Pianyan Ancient Town.
Baisha Ancient Town 白沙古镇
Baisha ancient town is also located in Jiangjin District, where the north faces the Yangtze River and the south looks back on the mountains. It is said that this is the oldest ancient town in Chongqing. There are the riverside stilted buildings, the deep and serene quartzite alleyways, the mottled boardwalk, the Chinese and Western architectural styles of Ming and Qing dynasties, and the ancient and heavy folk customs. There are no tourists on the street. For many people, there may not be any "tour" here. However, if you can calm down and feel the traces of time, I believe you can discover its beauty.
Bus: Take the bus to Baisha Ancient Town at Caiyuanba bus station and Chenjiaping bus station.
(Translated by Gao Jiao, Fathom Language Limited)