Arcade Houses
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Arcade Houses in Yuehua Road

The Qilou on Yuehua Road form a delightful contrast with Xiaodongying Square of Dufu Community on Guangwei Street. Here, the grey-colored Arcade Houses are accompanied with exquisite patterns and lines, giving visitors a taste of how the old Guangzhou was a century ago.

Arcade Houses in Danan Road

The 300-meter-long Danan Road connects in the east Beijing Road and in the west Qiyi Road. The forty Arcade Houses buildings along Danan Road are carefully maintained in their original shape and each has its own distinctive design and color. According to principles of cultural relic protection, the pillars of Arcade Houses are made of diverse materials such as granite and marble so as to form a variety of visual effects—the European, South Pacific and the red brick styles. Those Arcade Houses which connect the surrounding Wenming Road and Beijing Road, make the whole neighborhood into a typical Qilou cultural zone possessing Guangzhou architectural characteristics. It has become a new honey pot for visitors to Guangzhou.

Arcade Houses in Beijing Road

Beijing Road, located in the most prosperous area of Yuexiu District, is in effect an integration of Guangzhou's history with its present reality. It is the cradle of Guangzhou civilization and the central axis for the development of Guangzhou City. It serves as the busiest business distribution center in history. It was formerly a center for economic activities, trade, history and culture within Guangzhou. Besides it was a well-known street with outstanding examples of Qilou in Lingnan area.

At the juncture of Beijing Road and Xihu Road can be found a bronze clock powered by dripping water, which was made in the Yuan Dynasty (1206-1368) and renovated in the Qing Dynasty (1644- 1912). It is the biggest and the most carefully preserved ancient clock of its kind in China. The venerable timepiece suggests the long history of Beijing Road as a business center.


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