Chikan European Style Street

Chikan European Style Street, Kaiping: Tickets, Tours, Address, Phone Number, Chikan European Style Street Reviews: 3.5/5

Chikan European Style Street

Chikan European Style Street
3.5
Points of Interest & Landmarks

3.5
64 reviews
Excellent
15
Very good
23
Average
20
Poor
3
Terrible
3

Buxster
Guangzhou, China184 contributions
Closed
Sep 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 September 29, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

donikantoku
Tokyo, Japan33 contributions
Closed off, currently under renovation - Go now only if you like haikyo
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 February 11, 2019
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

engrob84
Hong Kong, China327 contributions
Ghost town but still interesting
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 July 2, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joseph Hsien Ts... L
zhuhai, China29 contributions
an attraction under regeneration
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 April 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

EastmeetsWestAB
London, UK1,332 contributions
Beautiful buildings. Let's hope the rebuild will not destroy this place
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 March 11, 2018
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China7,999 contributions
Come before it dies
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 December 17, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Chouquette
Reze, France100 contributions
Deceptive city
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 July 9, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

3lgdz
Manila, Philippines1,459 contributions
Rows of stores, nice photo by the river, but just a quick visit
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 June 9, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Joe
Shenzhen, China3,123 contributions
So glad I visited
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 June 4, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

wciekawychmiejscach
Hong Kong, China246 contributions
Nice old town where meet western and Chinese architecture style
May 2017 • Couples
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 there is not many options of restaurant other then local, and sanitary standard isn't good there.
Written May 8, 2017
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of TripAdvisor LLC.

Showing results 1-10 of 33
Anything missing or inaccurate?
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Frequently Asked Questions about Chikan European Style Street

We recommend booking Chikan European Style Street tours ahead of time to secure your spot. If you book with Tripadvisor, you can cancel up to 24 hours before your tour starts for a full refund. See all 3 Chikan European Style Street tours on Tripadvisor