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Address: Buchang Dam, Chikan Town, Kaiping 529367, China
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USD 237.32*
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Kaiping Diaolou and Chikan Old Town Day Trip
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Visit only if you have time

I guess I didn't do enough research about this place, I'd organise to visit this place as a lunch stop, but the choices for lunch are woeful, there was only a small handful of... read more

Reviewed 6 March 2017
Ondeh
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Melbourne, Australia
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Melbourne, Australia
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
Reviewed 6 March 2017

I guess I didn't do enough research about this place, I'd organise to visit this place as a lunch stop, but the choices for lunch are woeful, there was only a small handful of small eats stores, and I'd say they'll probably appeal more to those with 'iron' stomachs as the food hygiene looks questionable. The streets are pretty interesting,... More 

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Singapore
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135 reviews
18 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 135 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 February 2017

I saw a beautiful photo of this street that took my breath away - night-time architecture illuminated by blue and green lights, old-style boats anchored along the water side, streets swept clean. In reality, at night time, the streets are dark and full of rubbish, and the shopfronts obscured by rows of anachronistic umbrellas. I had expected to find a... More 

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Thank SingaporeMatt
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22 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
Reviewed 19 October 2016 via mobile

I would have to agree with the other reviewer, this is a bit overrated and better at night. Over priced, but to be expected in a Chinese tourist town. Unlike Lijiang, this is a much more authentic old town and is not so completely over run by commerce yet. We actually have been walking through the area and only realized... More 

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Thank Lindsay S
Boston, Massachusetts
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6 reviews
Reviewed 4 August 2016

I like this area with it's history and structures. I took nice photos and had some drinks/deserts at the famous stop. I don't remember the name, but it was packed. It was just OK, but no competition in the area and it was packed cuz this is China.

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Thank Mike W
Hong Kong, China
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162 reviews
114 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 52 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 August 2016

This had been a very busy town in 50 to 100 years ago. However, its importance has greatly reduced in recent years that only a few shops were still in business.

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Malaysia
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32 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 May 2016

I do not know why it must called Chikan European Style Street. It is actually row of oversea Chinese house called jilou((骑楼), which can be found in old towns which has history of migration to oversea. It is found in Guangzhou and Xiamen, part of oversea Chinese architecture with influence of Chinese and the west. In Chikan, a small town... More 

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Thank Righttodorightthings
Kuala Lumpur
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19 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 May 2016

The night view is probably better than the day. A bit over rated. There is a "home" to some Asian movies here. Unless you are into martial art and a movie buff, you can afford to skip this...

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Thank Poppyjourney
Philippines
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137 reviews
56 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 63 helpful votes
Reviewed 16 January 2016

love the architectural structures of the building of this old town. flea market has a wide variety of street foods and knick-knacks.

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Watford, United Kingdom
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58 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 69 helpful votes
Reviewed 2 December 2015

The street of old buildings alongside the Tanjiang river seemed to be the hub of activity and was very interesting. Many vendors there selling dried fish and dried mandarin peel in addition to drinks and snacks. Most visitors were Chinese with few Western tourists. There is no entry fee to Chikan.

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Antwerpen, België
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Reviewed 14 September 2015

Now if you are only having a daytrip to Kaiaking and their Diaolou's, then i would recommend you to skip Chikan's European style street. But if like us, you are planning on visiting Kaiping's watchtowers over a few days I would strongly recommend you to stay in Chikan instead of Kaiping itself for exploring the surroundings. Why? Because Chikan is... More 

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