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“Old and run-down.”

Chikan European Style Street
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Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

Given the number of tourists that come through chikan, you'd think the provincial government would allocate some funds towards street cleaning and garbage removal...

As it is, chikan is very old, and not in a nice way ... very dirty, very run-down, very very crowded with big domestic tour groups ...

Yes, there is a movie park, but not particularly interesting unless you are a big fan of chinese dramas.

If you're on a budget or short on time, this should be the first item to scratch off your to-do list.

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Reviewed March 19, 2014

This old street and movie town is more old than charming. Houses outside the movie town are in pretty poor condition. However the street is like a busy market place and you can even make a short canal cruise in traditional wooden boat. You can also visit the movie town but it's not really big and there is not much to see. Though the ticket is not expensive and if you've travelled all your way to Chikan, why leave it outside.

Thank Minna B
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Reviewed February 6, 2014

The tour buses pour in at around 9am so if possible, go early. We were there at 8am and enjoyed a leisurely stroll through a near-deserted town. Photography is also perfect at this hour. Because the shopkeepers are starting to set up shop and the locals are out buying fresh produce at the local street market (located in the back alleys of Chikan), you'll end up shooting a lot of beautiful portrait shots of the Chikan townspeople rather than the loud and garish tourists that frequent the town. Remember to explore the back streets of Chikan too - we shot some of our best photos there. Some reviewers complain about the poorly-maintained buildings but we thought that made the buildings more photogenic (if we wanted to see renovated buildings we could've gone to any Chinatown outside of China).

We skipped the Chikan TV and Film Town because we don't really follow Chinese movies and were told that you'll see much of the same stuff inside the film town as you'll encounter around Chikan.

To get to Chikan from Kaiping, take bus no. 6, which passes by the Yici bus station (about 40 minutes). You can also hail a taxi (flat rate of ¥60-80) from Kaiping (20 minutes). To return to Kaiping, look out for the minivans (¥35-45) by the bridge in Chikan or take bus no. 6 back.

Thank Mei L
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Reviewed December 7, 2013

I didn't have a guide, but had a car and driver. It's possible he took me to the wrong part of town, but I don't think so.

If they cleaned this place up, it would be a fine attraction. The building have a lot of character and the whole place has the feeling of being untouched by time. I like that it isn't just one more fake Ancient Town 故城 built 5 years ago like so many that I've visited in other parts of China.

It is "real" enough, and should be preserved. But it seems they don't have a budget for even sweeping the trash out of the streets. I walked around, bought some fruit, and drank some locally-harvested, slightly bitter, medicinal mountain tea.

The little river was almost dry since it's winter now and not much rain falls during this time of year. It was rather ugly.

In some ways I'm glad the Chamber of Commerce or local equivalent is not trying to turn the place into another Lijing or Pingyao commercial Disneyland, but a little basic upkeep would not be amiss.

Had thought about spending a night here, but quickly ditched that plan and returned to Taishan.

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Reviewed June 28, 2013

Chikan historic town belongs to "diaolou" area of Kaiping. Walking along the streets with a lot of old good-looking houses (unfortunately) poorly maintained is relaxing. Try to walk to Situ family library and Red Building (which is now part of high school).
We came here from Kaiping with "taxi" (50rmb one way).

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