Xiguan is a traditional area of Guangzhou, which was located west of the old walled city. Some people claim that arcades in Xiguan correlate closely to the residences of ancient people living in Nanyue (ancient kingdom in southern China). On the other hand, some people insist that arcades are structures built in 1925 when streets were extended and roads were constructed on a large scale in Guangzhou. Their design is deemed to have derived from ancient Greece. Arcades connect houses and make a long path for pedestrians to keep out wind, rain and the glare of sunshine. Arcades seem to be exactly designed for the climate in Guangzhou and meanwhile makes it much more convenient for stores to display their goods and attract customers.
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