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The emergence of an “African street” in Guangzhou, Guangdong Province, was a very unusual phenomenon for China. In the 1980s and 1990s, people told stories about Chinese heading abroad to make a living overseas, but 30 years later immigrants are flocking into China as well. To many Chinese people, the emergence of the African street is like a mirror image of the Chinatowns in other countries.
Baohan Zhijie, located at the center of Guangzhou, is the most concentrated street for black people in the city, because of its convenient location. For Africans who have just arrived in Guangzhou, the advantages can be easily seen as shopping malls, wholesale markets, subway stations and hotels surround the area.