Kaiping is nicknamed 'the home of overseas Chinese' as huge numbers of emigrants left this area beginning in the late nineteenth century. Many settled abroad and Taishanese, the local language, is still spoken around the world. Others returned home with both wealth and inspiration. They imported what were then new western inventions like flush toilets and radios and built houses in their home villages inspired by the architecture they'd seen in Europe and the Americas.
The most distinctive of their buildings are diaolou, fortified towers crowned with ostentatious baroque or neoclassical penthouses. They served both as residences and defence against bandits. They can be found in various places, but especially in Kaiping, where they are recognised as a Unesco world heritage site. Many are scattered singly or in pairs throughout the countryside but there are a few diaolou clusters where you can see many in a small area and even climb up a few of them, as well as seeing the Republic of China period furnishings inside. The surroundings are very rural, not much changed a century after these eccentric towers were raised.
Kaiping is an easy day- or weekend-trip from Guangzhou. From Kaiping Railway Station it's easiest to get a taxi to one of the diaolou clusters.
Be sure to taste the local speciality baozaifan, rice cooked in a clay pot until the bottom gets crusty, served with various toppings.
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It is time to say wow!
Did you expect something like this in China?
To introduce amazing Dialou scattered in villages around Kaiping city is my pleasure! This miracle you can face in Guangdong countryside.
Dialou is the type of buildings built by Chinese immigrants returnees, who had accumulated money and experience overseas and came back to the China, to their born place, the place of their life path origin and have built such non typical for Southern China building. The creations merged European, greec, Indian and Middle East styles.
Than higher building is, than more rich the owner was.
Lication: Zili village
Guangdong two-day self-driving tour - Jiangmen, see Kaiping Lou. The Diaolou is a multi-storey tower building that combines defense, residence and Chinese and Western architectural art. When the Chinese and Western architecture of the Republic of China is combined, time leaves an old mark here. Jinjiang Lilou Building includes three luxurious European-style castles, including Ruishi Building, Shengfeng Building and Jinjiang Tower. Standing in the village house, people can feel the strong harmony of Chinese and Western style. In 2005, it was named the most beautiful residence in Guangdong. There won't be many visitors here. Between the village trails, local Hakkas sell some Hakka dishes. The price is not expensive. One of the two buildings in the public building, the most simple building on the third floor was built earlier, the function is mainly to defend the refuge, and the Ruishi Building and the Shengfeng Building are all located in the rich families of the village, so it is beautiful and gorgeous. Ruishilou is the tallest of all the towers, so it also has the reputation of the first floor of Kaiping.
Tickets: Coupon: RMB 180 Includes four attractions, namely Liyuan, Zili Village, Loukan Film Studio, Jinjiang Liyulou Group, valid for two days (each attraction is only viewed once)
opening time: 8
The large garden is mainly laid out with the "Liyuan" big archway and the "Benli Daosheng" archway as the axis. The two ends of the archway are dominated by two steel-made tiger whip. It is spectacular, and there is a release pool along the archway. The Aviary Park and the Crown Flower Rattan Pavilion are dotted. The Pei Pei Villa in the northwest corner is the finishing touch. The building is built to commemorate the love of Tan Yuying. The love story between them makes it more romantic and beautiful.
The resumes and memories of the overseas Chinese have become legends in the history of world architecture. There are Greek colonnades, ancient Roman arches, Byzantine domes and even Indian and Islamic-style decorations. If it is a modern person who is sure to be criticized and praised by foreigners, it is quite possible to make a chance of being smoky. In the old days, local craftsmen can have such skills. After a hundred years, they still stand and are full of charm. These architectural elements of different styles and different religions show great inclusiveness in Kaiping, and they gather together in a harmonious way to form a new comprehensive and strong architectural type, showing a unique artistic charm.
, the gorgeous garden of Chinese and Western
The Kaiping Diaolou is a series of small fortresses and defensive towers located throughout Jiangmen's Kaiping. This is the famous hometown of countless overseas Chinese scattered around the world. Mixing Chinese and western architectural styles, these towers are distributed across the landscape. Many of them can be entered and some can even be climbed. This is a very worthwhile place to visit. Numerous scenes from the movie "Let the Bullets Fly" were filmed here. Three of the primary attractions in the area include the Li Garden, the Majianglong Ancient Village and Zili Village. The Li Garden is a garden villa, which was built early in the 20th century while Majianglong Ancient Village and Zili Village are two of the primary locations to see Diaolou fortresses.