Historic Area sights in Guǎngxī
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Běihǎi's enchanting old town used to be a trading hub of old Běihǎi but is now a sleepy home of the city's older residents, who while away the hours playing mah jong and Chinese chess. It spreads east away from Sichuan Lu, with recently restored 19th-century qilou buildings (Chinese arcade houses) straddling the streets and alleys.
A few buildings of note include the attractiveformer post office, which now serves as a simple museum devoted to relics of the Qing-dynasty postal system; and the Maruichi Drugstore, a site in the disguise of a pharmacy that allowed the Japanese to carry on espionage activities in the 1930s, which now houses a tiny national security museum…