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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

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Address: Kaiping 529300, China
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+86 750 226 3637
08:30 - 17:30
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Sun - Sat 08:30 - 17:30
Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Fee: Yes

Known locally as the Kaiping Diaolou, these unique, multi-story watchtowers...

Known locally as the Kaiping Diaolou, these unique, multi-story watchtowers were used as fortifications in the 17th century. Now a world UNESCO Heritage site, they are some of the most fascinating historical and architectural artifacts in China.

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Surprisingly not much tourists.

I took a bus around 7:30am at Hong Kong all the way to Kaiping. It's around 12pm when I arrived at the main terminal. After having lunch at the terminal I took the local bus to... read more

Reviewed 19 March 2016
Miri, Malaysia

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Toronto, Canada
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48 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 36 helpful votes
Reviewed 8 April 2016

First time to Kaiping. I learnt about this place from TV. It is a nice place.. 2 towers were opened for public. The towers were built about 100 years ago. Chinese people who went to US for work returned to build this.. The ground is about 1m from ground, the purpose is to avoid flood. The roof floor is for... More 

1 Thank yyftam
Guangzhou, China
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78 reviews
40 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 61 helpful votes
Reviewed 26 March 2016

It was so so, there are a group of houses built around 1920-1930, not too old, not too new. I personally do not feel so special about these architechture, not inspiring enough... The village is clean and there are signboards in English everywhere, so it is pleasant.

Thank Michelle_leha
Miri, Malaysia
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53 reviews
28 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 53 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 March 2016

I took a bus around 7:30am at Hong Kong all the way to Kaiping. It's around 12pm when I arrived at the main terminal. After having lunch at the terminal I took the local bus to the entrance of Zili Village. This is the venue where the Chinese movie "Let The Bullet Fly" scenes were shot. I found out that... More 

Thank Seahorse_Rider
Amsterdam, The Netherlands
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44 reviews
21 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
Reviewed 11 January 2016 via mobile

After taking the 8.55 bus from the bus terminal across the street from Guangzhou train station, we arrived in Kaiping at 10.30. When exiting the bus station from the main entrance, men with scooters, cabs, "black cabs", and riksjas came up to us to sell us a tour. We settled with a riksja driver for CNY400 for the entire day... More 

4 Thank Kay765
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Reviewed 11 November 2015

I went to Kaiping on a sunny day, and it was beautiful. Rent a taxi or minivan to drive you around the villages and climb the watchtowers for an amazing view.

Thank Esmée M
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 27 September 2015

Kaiping Diaolou Cultural Tourist Attraction covers over 9,500,000 sq meter is mostly known for the world cultural heritage sites include Diaolou Cluster in Zili Village, Majianglong Valley and the Li Garden - the best of Overseas Chinese Garden in China. Blending perfectly into local natural environment, the traditional diaolou have formed their own unique characters.

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220 reviews
55 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 33 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 August 2015 via mobile

I visited with friends to Kaiping one hour by car from central Guangzhou. There are great historical buildings mixed European&Chinese culture. This area is world heritage. Here is very good to feel culture. To visit there, one day travel is OK.

1 Thank Hiroaosta
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8 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 4 helpful votes
Reviewed 12 August 2015 via mobile

My mom is from the area and the watch towers are cool considering that they are European themed. Mainly they are on the outskirts of Kaiping

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Sunrise Beach, Australia
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84 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 75 helpful votes
Reviewed 23 July 2015

I travelled solo with a Chinese guide to Kaiping to see the dialou. This trip is highly recomended if you are in Guangzhou. It takes about 2 and half hours to get there and longer to get back if you get caught in peak traffic but it's so worth it. Eat at Home Restaurant for the freshest food you can... More 

1 Thank Gwen S
Guangzhou, China
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62 reviews
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Reviewed 5 July 2015 via mobile

Kaiping is a good place to be if you live in Guangzhou or nearby. Its like a farm with many Green áreas. The towers are divided in "parks" some of then are more developed then others. In fact , you can see the towers randomly on the streets but going to a park makes you more "inside" the mood.

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