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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...More
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...More
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...More
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.
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...More
This village has beautiful (but decaying) Chinese shophouse architecture from the 1920's and 1930's. Sadly, the government is buying up these buildings with plans to make it more touristy. While protecting the buildings is good, the Chinese government oftens ruins places by making them very...More
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...More
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...More
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
This is not only one street but all town is worth to watch. In this place meet Chinese and Western style of architecture. Buildings are very in ruins what is sad and streets are dirty, but anyway it's worth to visit there. Be ready that...More