海口 Haikou, China - Part 4
Here's the Part 4 of blog post on my trip to Haikou 海口, China late last year.
I know i should have blogged on the Part 4 much earlier, but i really have an endless stream of nice photos to blog about and i have to make sure that they are all being shared in my blog, regardless of time. Hey. as long as you enjoy reading my blog (so far), it's always not too late to get my travel shots shared! :-)
Haikou has a lot of natural resources because of its monsoon tropical climate and seaside location. Way back since the late Qing Dynasty, its proximity to the mainland makes it a convenient port for trading. Now there are many towering buildings that can seen around the metropolis, manufacturing industries are also found and resorts line up the coastal area, which makes it a highly urbanized city.
Friendly local Hainanese people like to spend their evenings having street barbeques.
The downtown area of the city has an excellent environment with streets lined with coconut palms. Here there are modern and convenient public transport facilities and all that is best in a tropical seaside city that is pollution free and that meets the needs of the tourist in a friendly and welcoming way.
I walked near the famous clock tower that sits on the banks of the Haidian river. Will elaborate on the clock tower later on. There were crowds of people along the banks or the river fishing. I also managed to snap some stunning sunset views at this river bank.
这海口钟楼是海口市地标建筑, 被列为 海口八景之一 . 钟楼始建于1929年, 现存建筑是1987年改建, 楼高六层, 大钟设在顶层, 每30分钟报时, 钟报音为电子音乐, 经黄音器4个大喇叭播出, 音乐清晰宏亮.
Above pic is the Haikou landmark clock tower, which is listed as one of the famous landmarks in Haikou. The Clock Tower was built in 1929 and reburbished in 1987 into a six-storey tower. The top of the bell will chime every 30 minutes with music clear loud.
In my Part 2 blog on my travels at Haikou, i have mentioned about this famous Haikou Old Street 海口老街, one of the popular tourist's as well as local shopping attraction in town. I continued my exploration at this attraction and indeed, there were endless to snap on street photography at this popular spot. I decided to blog and share on more of the street shots that i have snapped. Here they go....
There were many narrow busy streets full of colonial row houses along the Haikou Old Street 海口老街. Many of them were in bad disrepair but others were decently maintained. Overall, the experience of walking these old streets full of people, scooters, and cars made me felt like I went back to the older days of streets life. Many vendors set up shop on the sidewalks and the crowds on the sidewalks spilled into the streets.
Here at the Haikou Old Street 海口老街, or also known as Chinese arcade houses, form the city’s most exotic landscapes. A building here stands three or four storeys in height, with the ground floor set back halfway into the building, to be used as a storefront. The upper floors serve as the living quarters, extending over the pavement and supported by columns. These unique buildings look inviting and customer-friendly and still today, the design remains popular for commercial premises.
The narrow colonial corridors along this Haikou Old Street 海口老街 really made me felt like I went back in time to Hong Kong in the 1950s or something like that. In any case, old town Haikou is a worthwhile place for a stroll to soak in the sights, sounds and smells of a busy south China port city.
Haikou’s Old Street 海口老街 is the most impressive example of arcade architecture in all of China. To some extent, it is also the symbol of Haikou. A stroll along the hundred-year-old street, with its echoes of history, gives visitors a taste of traditional Haikou life.
Some stunning sunset views of Haikou City along the river bank near the Clock Tower.
Have you ever been to Haikou China? Next time you visit China, try seeing Haikou - a bustling city with full of history near the tip of the Hainan Island. This city capital is the center of trade and industry in the island, as well as a popular tourist destination. The city is also dubbed as the coconut city as you would really see coconut palms lining up the place.
The city is a mix of contrasting east and west culture, of modern and folk traditions, of fast-paced and relaxing lives, and of business and pleasure. This place is really one of the most visited places in China and a world-class travel destination. I am happy that i made it to this part of China! :-)
p/s: To browse my first 3 parts of my trip to Haikou, China, please browse my "Travel" category. Or alternatively, you may click onto the URLs below for the respective part to browse, recall or re-read again! Thank you very much.
Part 1 of Haikou Trip -
Part 2 of Haikou Trip (世纪大桥 Century Bridge) -
Part 3 of Haikou Trip (Sunny Sunya) -
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