Welcome to Ānjū Ancient Town
First established in 588 AD, Ānjū Ancient Town (安居古镇; Ānjū Gǔzhèn) is a riverfront village of beautifully preserved Ming and Qing dynasty buildings, and once an important centre of culture and scholarship. Today, the village traffics in its own history. Designated an official 'ancient town', its main streets have been refurbished and opened to tourism. Still, you're unlikely to see many non-Chinese faces, and on weekdays you're unlikely to see many other travellers at all. Beyond the city's preserved heart are ancient crumbling lanes where chickens roam, old ladies carry bundles on their backs and the smell of homemade noodles perfumes the air.
Although it is located within the borders of Sìchuān, Ānjū is generally reached from Chóngqìng.