Kaiping on the cheap
Replies: 4 - Last Post: Jul 26, 2013 7:47 AM Last Post By: Sinophile
Jul 25, 2013 5:15 PM
Kaiping on the cheapHey there,
I want to travel from Hong Kong to the Kaiping diaolou and then to Guangzhuo. As I am on a budget I wonder:
Is there enough to see in free Chikan?
Is it still possible to buy a ticket for one cluster only, for example for Majianglong village? Can I get there from Kaiping by shuttle bus?
Can I get along with Mandarin in Kaiping? I heard it is mostly Kaipingnese and Cantonese..
Thank you for your help
Jul 25, 2013 5:32 PM
1I spent half a day in Chikan wandering around including a leisurely meal. There's quite a lot to see.
I was buying separate tickets to enter each cluster, so if you see quite a few it can work out expensive.
I hired a car for the day, but there are public buses, so it is possible. I'm not sure on their frequency though.
We used Cantonese; I expect you can get by with Mandarin.
Jul 25, 2013 7:33 PM
2Though I also used Cantonese, I am pretty sure you can get on by Mandarin.
From HK to Kaiping, there are straight buses or you can go to the bus station at Luowu-Shenzhen border.
It's possible to get around by the local bus; that is what I did. The local buses ( they are orange in colour as I remember it) starts from the same bus station where the long distance buses ends. Just tell the bus driver where you want to get off and they will let you know when they arrive at the spot. But be aware that they don't stop right at the dialou; you have to walk a bit. In the case of Majianglong, it's quite a long walk from the main road.
You can ask the staff at the hotel you will be staying in for directions. They all should know how to get around.
Jul 25, 2013 10:15 PM
3I don't speak a word of Cantonese (except "hay", maybe), and managed just fine with Mandarin, don't worry about it.
From Hong Kong, it's best if you don't cross to Shenzhen, but rather take the ferry directly to Zhuhai and continue by bus, it will be much shorter.
Chikan in my opinion is the best attraction of the area though it doesn't have any classic diaolou, but the town itself is wonderful to roam around and have a great shaguofan dinner of lunch at one of the local eateries. I even spent the night there in between the other diaolou locations (there's a cheap hotel in the middle of the main street, right above a big internet bar).
As far as I remember, you can buy separate tickets (I was there 3 years ago).Public transportation from Kaiping and between the villages is quite easy, available and convenient. If you're on a budget, no need to hire a car.
Jul 26, 2013 7:47 AM
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