Qi Kou

Qi Kou

Qi Kou, located by the Yellow River 48 km in the south of Linxian City, gets its name for the seond largest Qi of the Yellow River - Datong Qi. Qi Kou came in from the Qianlong Domination of the Qing Dynasty, served as a famous business center of strategic importance in Northern China after that for more than 200 years, with a Five-mile Long Street, shops everywhere, and merchants came together in crowds. Rafts shuttled in the Yellow River, and camel bells resounded in the valley. During 170 years prior to the construction of Beijing-Baotou railway, there were more than 500 wooden boats to and from the Qi Kou dock every day, large quantities of grain and oil, fur and feather, medicines, etc. were transported from Shanxi, Gansu, Ningxia, Suiyuan, Mongolia, etc., cotton cloth, silk fabrics, tea, ceramics and other articles were transported from Taiyuan, Fenzhou and other places to Qi Kou by land via the "Xiangyang Gate", and resold in Northwest China. It's folk wisdom that "Endless Qi Kou to be packed, endless Wu City to be filled". It's folk rhyme in Wenshui that "Qingdingtou, South Valley Mouth, tie up a mule to run to Qi Kou". More than 500 camels were raised at the place in question, it is thus clear that it was prosperous in those days.



At the border of Lin County, Shanxi

Best time to travel

Spring, summer and autumn

Travel Tips

If you are interested, you can go down the river to the other side to see the thundering and roaring Erqi surge. In the dictionary, Qi means: sandstone in shallow water. Erqi is formed from the original 400 to 500 m wide riverbed suddenly shrinking into more than 80 m, the head is nearly 10 m, with urgent water and high waves, difficult for rafts to go through, which had also achieve the prosperity of Qi Kou, hence the name.

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