The 'Street of Harmony'
- Colonial District
Lonely Planet review for The 'Street of Harmony'
The 'Street of Harmony' houses a church, three Confucian-Buddhist-Taoist temples, two mosques and a Hindu temple. You can savour the relaxed multicultural and multilingual environment. At the southern end is the 'Secret Society' enclave, where sociopolitical organisations carved out their territories in the 19th century.
They formed cross-cultural alliances to gain control over territory, manpower, opium and other concessions, rather than fighting along ethnic lines. Today, it is a marvellous neighbourhood of mosques and Chinese clan temples, with clandestine gateways and hidden passageways leading to courtyards. We can literally retrace the covert trails and escape routes of the days of the 'wild, wild east'.