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Qikou Town Cave Dwellings Pingyao Town Tour -4 Days

Destination: Qikou Cave House
Duration: Four Day
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Transportation: Vehicle
Best Travel Time:All year
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Qikou is a small town in Lin County,Shanxi Province. For more than two centuries, when transportation in the area was still undeveloped, the Yellow River constituted the main transportation route for commodities between Northwest and North China. Qikou served as a vital trading point marking the eastern terminus for river-bound freight.
 
During the Kangxi and Qianlong reigns of the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911 A.D.), Qikou was the commercial center and commodity transfer harbor, where dozens, sometimes hundreds of boats, berthed every day. Cereals, oils, salt, furs, medicines and many other products came to Qikou on water routes from Northwest China, before being transported to other parts of the country by horse and camel. Meanwhile, silk, tea, cigarettes and liquor were transported from central China to the northwest (here it would not be capitalized, because you're not using the proper name of the region). It is said that more than two thousand dock hands worked in the harbor at that time, and that thousands of horses and camels carried commodities on the transportation route that brought prosperity to Qikou merchants.
 
During its heyday, more than 380 shops did good business in Qikou. The
Photo 132.5-kilometer-long "L" shaped main street was divided into three sections. The front and middle streets by the Qiushui River were crowded with restaurants, taverns, silk stores and groceries. Larger shops were on the Back Street facing the Yellow River.
 
Qikou's prosperity, however, ended with the War of Resistance against the Japanese that started in 1938, when the Japanese army invaded Qikou and destroyed the local economy. Most merchants fled, never to return. From the 1930s to the 1950s, the flood-prone Yellow River ravaged Qikou's streets and shop. Although Qikou Town has now faded from recent memory, it has nevertheless retained its original outlook.
 
The significance of the site stems from the architectural ingenuity used to integrate a challenging terrain with traditional Chinese architectural forms to support the economic life of the community. The result is a dramatic landscape of buildings and nature composed of a series of cave-dwellings in a traditional townscape with satellite villages.
 
The main street runs parallel to the Yellow River and the Qiushui River; 13 lanes connect with it at right angles. Many shops stand along the streets, normally 5 or 6 meters above the river bank, and have enclosing walls for safety.
Photo 14Most of the families in Qikou live in the architectural style most typical of the Loess Plateau: cave dwellings with courtyards before them. On steeper slopes there are up to six layers of cave dwellings -- a spectacular sight.
 
The significance of the site stems from the architectural ingenuity used to integrate a challenging terrain with traditional Chinese architectural forms to support the economic life of the community. The result is a dramatic landscape of buildings and nature composed of a series of cave-dwellings in a traditional townscape with satellite villages.
 
Xiwan Residence is the most attractive spot in Qikou Town, a six hour bus ride from Taiyuan, capital of Shanxi province. It was built during the Ming dynasty in fortress style and was home to the wealthy Chen clan.
 
There are more than 30 family courtyards in the village which are connected by five north-south alleys, each with a stone arch at its entrance. Each courtyard is connected by a secret path, making it is possible to make a tour of the village from any courtyard. This design was not only for communication, but also for defense purposes at times of siege.
 
For more than two centuries, when transportation in the Yellow River alley was still undeveloped, Qikou served as a vital trading point marking the eastern terminus for river-bound freight between northwest and north China.
 
 
Qikou Town in Lin County of Shanxi Province has preserved a great deal of valuable vernacular buildings and traditional settlements,which is at the shore of the Yellow River,is one of the most representative settlements.

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Day 1: Taiyuan Arrival - Jia County

Arrive in Taiyuan, drive to Jia County, visit old county and some temples there.


Day 2: Jia County - Qikou Town

Morning visit Hukou Waterfalls,then drive to Family Li Hills in Qikou Town.


Day 3: Family Li Hills - West Bay Village - Black Dragon Temple - Family Feng's Earth Forest -Pingyao Town

Whole day visit some vilalges around Qikou, then drive to Pingyao Town


Day 4: Pingyao - Taiyuan Departure

Visit Pingyao Town,then drive to Taiyuan for departure

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