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“Step back in time”
Review of Xiaozhou Village

Xiaozhou Village
Ranked #55 of 706 things to do in Guangzhou
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Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: A centuries old now revitalized district with restaurants, galleries and shops about one hour from Sun Yat Sen University by bus. For nearly half a century, Xiaozhou People's Hall has been a national landmark. This community center for cultural activities has hosted local folk artists and their works, attracting many young artists to share their creative passions.
Reviewed July 23, 2014

Quite a ways from the city center, this is worth a visit. It was a nice change of pace from the rest of the city. A much slower pace and it was interesting to have people actually living in the area rather than just working at the site.

1  Thank herenow21
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Reviewed May 14, 2014

A village in the Guangzhou Wan-Mu Orchard Conservation Zone (广州万亩果园保护区), Haizhu District (海珠区), is a well preserved cultural heritage. The most amazing things are the “oyster houses” (蚝壳屋) which was built with oyster shells that would not be damaged by rain or worms. It was designed to keep the residents cool during summer and warm during winter.

3  Thank Galiyeo
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Reviewed April 13, 2014

To get there: take bus n.35 to Ying Zhou Park or bus n.565 to Terminus. It will take more than 1 hour from the city centre of Guangzhou.

From the bus stop the entrance of the village is not visible nor clearly indicated - at least not in English. You will see some fruit sellers and a couple of restaurants. Just walk past them and you will find yourself in the nice little water village of Xiaozhou.

Note that the place has undergone some major renovations in the past few years and it is rapidly becoming a tourism attraction. It is home to lots of students from the University of Fine Arts who are running their own art shops and workshops, so you will find several opportunities for shopping (handmade bags, hats, jewelry and postcards). There are also some nice restaurants, pubs and bars. We had a good afternoon time there. The best thing is that the village is within the city but looks like another world. Totally worth a visit for escaping the noise of Guangzhou for a little while and relax.

4  Thank Ilaria M
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Reviewed March 31, 2014

We spent an afternoon exploring this area with family while in town for Chinese New Year - unfortunately most of the shops/attractions were closed for the holidays. The historic buildings and street layout were really nice to see, as were the 'hand shake' buildings where you can shake hands with your neighbour through the window. We also had some nice traditional food at one of the open stalls.

It appears that water no longer flows to the moat/canal around the area as they were full of mud and rotting old boats. This could be seasonal, and would be nice to see clean water flowing.

As a tourist destination it seems to be aimed more at the domestic tourist than then international tourist.

1  Thank Hippiepuppy
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Reviewed March 19, 2014

As a small corner of old GZ that hasn't been knocked down yet Xiaozhou is special in it's own way. It's old and new side by side, some old buildings nestling beside newer ones, lots of day trippers from city centre and a few international visitors poking about beside locals getting on with their daily life, it has a relaxed feel despite all the construction work that requires lots of wheelbarrows of cement being pushed through the narrow alleys, construction like this seems to have been continuous for the 7+ years I've visited it on and off though I never see any new buildings in the tourist route part of the village.

The main walk visitors take is from the old communist party building down past a still operating old barbers shop and a building full of great photos (including a series on how one part of Tianhe has changed taken at 10 year intervals), along a stream to an old family clan building.The small alleys going off this walk are maze-like and turning off in to them gives a bit more of a feel for the village proper.

Friends and family that visit GZ always seem to love Xiaozhou as a traditional village with a bit of an artist/bohemian element even though what from the outside looks like small galleries are mainly just shops selling nic nacs bought off taobao and sold at inflated prices and DIY pottery places that are fun for your kids too but not something you'd take the time to visit for specially. There are a few proper artists workshop/studios among the look-a-likes though. The Comm. Party building always has signs up for interesting art shows too but has never been open to visitors when I've gone.

The art supplies shops outside the old part of the village are fantastic, cheap and good quality. You can get any art stuff you want there. Lots of art students visit and paint by the mostly dried up stream that runs through the old part. Theres some great restaurants too in the back streets backing on to the larger stream in the modern sprawl just outdide of the village entry gate, clean, friendly and with fresh produce grown down the road. Theres also a few 'nature' parks on the fringes that aren t really worth the 20 kuai or so to get in too.

There's a few buses, one of which goes to East station, another to Liede in Zhujiang New Town. All in all it's an interesting day out and the daytrippers and locals going about their business rubbing along together side by side a bit surreal.

1  Thank Peter B
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