Winding streets lined with classic arcade architecture is the heart and soul of Haikou. Old Town is home to some of the oldest streets in the capital.
Haikou’s Qilou Old Street is perhaps the most impressive example of arcade architecture in all of China. To some extent, it is also the symbol of Haikou.
The Qilou area has witnessed many changes that have affected the city in the past century; it has also benefitted – architecturally and commercially – from the deeply-rooted love felt for their hometown by overseas Chinese from Southeast Asia.
A stroll along the hundred-year-old street, with its echoes of history, gives visitors a taste of traditional Haikou life.