Linger in these Poetic Ancient Towns
In Chongqing

23th March 2018

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Except for the spicy and hot gourmet in Chongqing, there are still some poetic ancient towns where you would always linger. So why not go take a sightseeing in such a bright spring!

在重慶,除了麻辣的美食,一些詩意的古鎮同樣讓人流連忘返。趁著春光明媚,趕緊去這些古鎮走走吧!

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Laitan Ancient Town

淶灘古鎮

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Located 28Km northeast of Hechuan District and established in the Song Dynasty, Laitan Ancient Town was originally named Laitan Ancient Village. It ranks among the first batch of China’s famous historic and cultural ancient towns, one of the “Top Ten China’s Ancient Towns,” and on the list of “China’s Most Beautiful Towns”. Surrounded by steep cliffs on three sides, the town has enjoyed geographic advantages. The barbican built in the first year of the Qing Dynasty is the only one in Chongqing, with four caves for hiding soldiers, working out a sure catch in terms of defense. The Wenchang Palace built during the Qing Dynasty is well-preserved and the wooden carvings in relief of the ancient theater are breathtaking.

淶灘古鎮其實應該叫淶灘古寨,位於重慶市合川區東北28公里,建鎮於宋代,是中國首批歷史文化名鎮,中國十大古鎮之一、首批“中國最美的村鎮”。古寨三面懸崖峭壁,地勢險要,清朝增修的甕城為重慶唯一,城內保留有四個藏兵洞,具有關門打狗,甕中捉鱉的禦敵功效。清代建築文昌宮保存完好,古戲樓外欄木刻浮雕令人歎為觀止。

Special delicacy: Qujiang Fish, Home-kept Chicken and Rice Wine

特色美食:渠江魚、土雞、米酒

Songgai Ancient Town

松溉古鎮

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In the history, Songgai served as the logistical distribution hub for businessmen between Yongchuan, Rongchang, Longchang, Luzhou, Tongliang, Dazu, Neijiang and Chongqing. A large number of ships traveled upstream between the three wharfs to downstream. On the land, nearly one thousand horses and mules passed through the old streets every day, carrying goods from all counties here.

歷史上的松溉,是永川、榮昌、隆昌、瀘州、銅梁、大足、內江一帶商賈來往重慶販運和做生意的物資集散樞紐。水路有上、中、下三個碼頭,江上來往船隻川流不息。陸路運輸方式主要是馬幫,從各縣境內運貨至此的馬和騾子每日近千匹,在老街上熙熙攘攘,絡繹不絕。

At present, Songgai Ancient Town is not a fully mature scenic area, but it contains several simple and original buildings, though some are repaired or built according to archaeological records. Many buildings are worth seeing, including the Luo’s ancestral hall, Chen’s Courtyard and Yongchuan County Government Office setting aside the ancient folkways.

目前松溉古鎮算不上成熟的景點,但保留著相當一部分古樸的建築,也有一部分建築經過修繕或者根據考證以及仿古修建。除了古鎮古樸的民俗風格外,古鎮的羅家祠堂、陳家大院、永川縣衙都是值得一看的單元。

Special gourmet: Yangtze River Songgai Fish, Salted Peanuts, the Nine Bowls, Salted Cabbage, Sorghum Liquor, Songgai Vinegar

特色美食:長江松溉魚、鹽花生、九大碗、鹽白菜、高粱酒、松溉醋

Zouma Ancient Town

走馬古鎮

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Situated in Jiulongpo District at the core area of Chongqing, Zouma Ancient Town has been an important business connection between Yuzhou and Shu Area, where the post house emerged early in the middle of Ming Dynasty. The people coming and going, enriching this town with anecdote, so that many folk cultural works and stories were recorded and circulated from generation to generation. The currently preserved ancient post houses are on ancient streets, along with a blacksmith shop, teahouse, Ming and Qing Dynasty theaters, Sun’s Courtyard and Ciyun Temple.

走馬古鎮位於九龍坡區,處於巴渝中心地帶,早在明代中葉便有驛站,自古以來便是商賈往返渝州、蜀都的必經之地。來往的行人把各種新鮮事也帶到了走馬古鎮,不計其數的民間文化作品,故事也被創作出來,世代相傳。如今,走馬古鎮尚存的古驛道遺址、古街區、鐵匠鋪、老茶館、明清建築古戲樓和孫家大院,慈雲寺遺址等。

Special gourmet: Well Tofo pudding

特色美食:水井豆花

Gongtan Ancient Town

龔灘古鎮

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At the junction of the Wujiang and Apeng Rivers, Gongtan Ancient Town lies opposite to Yanhe County, Guizhou Province. Across the river is the starting point as described in poetry “ten thousand li Wujiang River compares to one hundred gallery” in Youyang, the town has been contributing to logistics for the Wujiang River Basin and even for the Yangtze River Basin since ancient times.

龔灘古鎮位於烏江與阿蓬江交匯處,隔江與貴州沿河縣相望,是酉陽“千裏烏江,百里畫廊”的起點,自古以來便是烏江流域乃至長江流域的貨物中轉站。

Special gourmet: Mung Bean Noodle, Bitter Buckwheat Liquor, Tujia Snakehead

特色美食:綠豆粉、苦蕎麥酒、土家烏魚

Wanling Ancient Town

萬靈古鎮

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Previously, Wanling Ancient Town was called “Lukong Town,” located on east side of Rongchang District in Chongqing, 12Km from Rongchang, covering an area of 24 square kilometers. It’s Laixi River to the southwest, and mountains and hills to the northeast. Built on mountains, the town won a nickname of “Little Mountain City”. The main scenic spots include ancient temples from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, former residence of the martyr Shibati and Erya Academy.

萬靈古鎮原名路孔鎮,位於重慶市榮昌區城東,距榮昌城區12公里,幅員面積24平方公里。西南面臨瀨溪河,東北靠丘陵山巒,街市依山而建,素有“小山城”的美譽。主要的景點有:明清古橋古寺、烈士故居、爾雅書院等。

Special gourmet: Qingjiang Pea Drum Fish, Guagua Bean Jelly

特色美食:清江豆鼓魚、刮刮粉



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