Chikan European Style Street

Chikan European Style Street

Chikan European Style Street
3.5

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Kwai Yin L
Singapore, Singapore369 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2023 • Solo
A quite out of the way place, approximately 2 hours drive from Foshan.

It is among the collective of the UNESCO World Heritage Site in Kaiping.

In the late morning, it’s a very quiet village with the buildings neatly lined up in a very easy-to-navigate way.

The range of buildings and their original functions help tourists to have a glimpse to understand how lived looked like in the past - the mansions (including a handful of diaolou (碉楼) that belong to the wealthy ones) and the entertainment areas.

There are some traditional food.
Like the clay pot rice that’s cooked using burning wood - fragrant.
Written 7 December 2023
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Buxster
Guangzhou, China182 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2019 • Friends
As people written before: it’s closed. More important: this place and the movie town (a bit south east on the map, are the same locations. That’s the reason why I made my way to the movie town to find it closed, too. Yeah.

So: don’t come to here!
Written 29 September 2019
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donikantoku
Tokyo, Japan43 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2019 • Family
As of mid-2018, the town has been deserted, as the government plans to renovate all the historic homes over at least 5 years. We discovered this the hard way – after boarding bus #616 and paying the fare, and only after paying the fare, did the driver inform us that the place was closed off. Since we were on the bus already, we rode the 40 minutes there and alighted to find scaffolding, barricades and half-demolished buildings amidst dust, dust and dust.

If it wasn't closed off, I think it would be an excellent place to visit. In this state, however, you're much better devoting your time to Majianglong (two stops down). That is, unless you like haikyo photography.
Written 11 February 2019
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engrob84
Hong Kong, China323 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2018 • Couples
This town is currently under renovation as the government is turning it into some sort of theme park. This means that you can't access all of it and there's a lot of scaffolding. However, if you're passing by it's still interesting enough to warrant a stop.
Written 2 July 2018
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Joseph Hsien Ts... L
zhuhai, China29 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Couples
Update of the old town of Chikan Kaiping Guangdong province
I recently made a trip to the Chikan Kaiping in the Guangdong province. It is located on the west side of the Pearl River delta and about some 150 km south of Guangzhou. The reason going there is that the city was famous as the home town of many overseas Chinese. After the overseas Chinese made fortune, they returned back there to retire and “modernize” the town. There were a lot of historical buildings and the most famous one were the Kaiping Diaolous, which were fortified multi-storey towers mainly built for protection purpose. Though they are not architecturally interesting but they displayed features distinct from the traditionally Chinese rural areas and patty fields surrounding them. They stood out as structure with heavy influence from the western world. My trip was not really to see them but the National Historic and Cultural Town of Chikan. There were many historical buildings that might be over hundred years old and also strong with western flavor. There were also late-Qing dynasty and early-Republic historic Tonglaus. These structures spanned over about three km of “European Styled Street” along the river side of the Dixi Road

To my disappointment, the area is now under a regeneration project by the local government. It will not be a tourist attraction for may be another five years
Written 11 April 2018
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EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK2,390 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
We stayed here overnight and this area is more or less becomes a ghost town. Majority of these buildings are now empty and boarded up. All it left are just buildings . Empty with no soul. It does gives a different view of life.

Apparently the rebuild programme will takes 2 years. Let's hope these buildings would be look after properly.
Written 11 March 2018
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China19,897 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Friends
Chikan was once the vibrant city center of Kaiping. Comparable to Canton, it is now a poor village with some nice historic buildings. The riverfront street is particularly picturesque. It is still a living community with a couple local restaurants and vendors. However, the local government is planning to convert the whole town into a tourist attraction and has started to buy back local properties. Do make a visit as soon as possible before Chikan becomes a dead tourist trap.
Written 17 December 2017
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Chouquette
Reze, France108 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Couples
I thought it was an entire city with this kind of streets. I was enough disappointed to see it was only a small street. Moreover the street is enough dirty.
As we had a big storm on the night before to come the river was brown..
I would advise you to visit this place quickly and to spend better time to see the Majianlong Village. There is a bicycle rent store on the opposite of the street and different paths indicated to go to several villages.
Written 9 July 2017
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3lgdz
Manila, Philippines1,462 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2016 • Family
Chikan 赤坎 is a historic village 10 km SW of Kaiping. What's the main attraction for tourists here is a photo of the streets of shophouses flanking a river. The buildings here are called qilou 騎樓, which was built by overseas Cantonese merchants in the 1920s. There are a lot of vendors selling their wares here - such as dried meats and duck kidneys - although they cater more to the local market. Take a photograph of the row of qilous from the main bridge. The clouds are reflected on the water, creating an appealing effect.

When we visited, a shop sold oranges here without the peels for 1 CNY per bag. They prefer to dry the peels and sell them to flavor tea for a higher price. The fruits are not so sweet, though. But they aren't overwhelmingly sour.

You can spend some time checking out the shops lining the river, but that shouldn't take more than 15 minutes of your time. Whether the shophouses or qilou are a prime example of classic, aging architecture, or just another collection of old, dilapidated buildings ready to be demolished, is up to you. But in the end, people still live in the area going about their business- and the photograph by the river is a reason to drop by. Besides, there's no entrance fee.

Lastly, I think the movie set (with admission fee) can safely be skipped by foreign tourists.

A visit here shouldn't take more than 30 minutes of your time.
Written 9 June 2017
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Joe
Budapest, Hungary4,866 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2017 • Solo
This is located in Kaiping area. The buildings are a mix of Asian and European. So photogenic and beautiful. Nice local markets and stalls. Good to just walk and talk to the locals. Very pleased I visited
Written 4 June 2017
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