Ci Qi Kou - Porcelain Village
With a long history of porcelain production, the former village of Long yin changed its name to Ci Qi Kou, which means Porcelain Village. Since many centuries the village had been also an important supply post for shipping on the river. That explains, why there are so many shops along the narrows lanes. Even though it is now an interesting tourist spot, the shops and the houses are still full of normal local live.
The majority of the houses date from the Ming and Qing Dynasties, periods during which many masterpieces of Chinese architecture were created. Much of the two and three storey construction is of bamboo and timber. Blue bricks and pillars set off the snow-white walls that contrast in turn with vermilion doors and lattice windows. Black tablets and lanterns adorn the gates to complete the authentic and traditional appearance of the properties. The quietly flowing waters of the Jia Ling River pass by the front of the village and have been its lifeblood for as long as anyone can remember. For it was the river that brought goods and people here as well as carrying local products off to customers at home and abroad.