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Old June 14th, 2019, 03:36 PM   #1
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hkskyline's 2019 in Shantou, China

Shantou is located in the eastern coast of Guangdong province. Once a fishing village, the city opened as a treaty port in 1860 and prospered. This was also the place where upwards of 2.5 million Chinese boarded ships to move to Southeast Asia in the late 1800s to early 1900s. The high-speed trains have reached this city, taking as little as 3 hours from Guangzhou.



Shantou became one of China's first economic zones in 1981. Apparently, not all special economic zones are as prosperous as Shenzhen, and there has been insufficient maintenance that has resulted in so many historic buildings falling into such a sad state.







Beef balls are a famous delicacy in Chaoshan cuisine.





There are pockets of renovated buildings.















The landmark in historic Shantou is this roundabout where several shopping streets start.



Guoping Road is one of those streets that radiate from the roundabout, but it is a world away, still stuck in the old days and crumbling away.

















The southern section of Guoping Road has been restored but remains mostly empty.



However, redevelopment has not spilled onto the side streets, with many buildings having the danger stickers and seemingly abandoned.





Neighbouring Juping Road has also been fenced off from vehicles but adventurous tourists can still freely enter into the construction zone.















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Interesting, very nice city; great architecture style
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Shantou, not what I expected. It looks like a really run-down Macau.
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The old architecture is wonderful. A sort of Chinese classicism with some very interesting takes on ionic capitals too. I for one, like it very much. Well worth preserving and restoring imho.
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Great, very nice updates from Shantou
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Fascinating set from Shantou, and interesting commentary.
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Chen Ci Hong starting building a grand residence in the outlying villages in 1910. The 506-room home was completed in 1939 and displays many traditional local architecture elements, including wood carvings, porcelain, and glass.









































Getting here is quite a challenge. From People's Square and Shantou Railway Station, hop on the 103 bus. Over 1.5 hours later from the city, you will get off in a sparsely-populated suburban area of industrial buildings, farms, and houses in the distance. With sparse signage, follow your online map and walk another 10-15 minutes into the village and the ticketing office.

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