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We made this stop based on ratings in Lonely Planet that said this was the best stop in the area to see Diaolou, but we actually liked the other areas (Li Yuan and Ma Xiang Long) better. The area was still good with some interesting...More
If you're driving a car this place is within easy reach, close to major roads and not far from Kaiping City. Otherwise it is possible to reach it by bus.
Entrance fees at 78 RMB are quite high and anyone coming with private car should...More
The site is reachable by bus 617 from Kaiping city centre (one every 20 mins or so), the journey is about 40 mins. Taxi will cost you around 65yuan.
We bought the combo admission costing 150yuan per person, it gave us access to Zili village...More
Decided not to enter the village because of the unrealistically high admission. There are hundreds of diaolous around Kaiping and Zili Village does not worth the price. There is a path right next to the restroom that offers a view of the three buildings in...More
There are several beautiful buildings in a nice setting. Signs have English and the sight is easy to navigate. Farm fields surround the village and the setting is very nice. There is a free bus between here and Li Yuan.
Zili Village 自力村 has the largest collection of diaolou – mostly residential. It’s 11 km west of Kaiping. The residents, it is said, all have the surname Fang 方。Three of these are open to the public during the time that we visited – Mingshi Lou...More
My trip to Kaiping was a nice day out. The villages are nice and the information and facilities is very well set up and organized. Although the pictures can be rather pitoresk and romantic, to me these not even 100 year old houses are not...More
Having visited a fair share of UNESCO sites across China, I was expecting this one to be no exception. No doubt the historic buildings would be stunning but the facilities provided for tourists, toilets etc, would be poor.
I was very pleasantly surprised. It is...More
Fulfilled my dreams of seeing reapseed flowers in China. Went there early April and caught the end season of Reapseed Flowers in bloom at Zili Village. One of the Diaolous here belonged to a fellow Malaysian.
I went there without an interpreter and received a lot of impressions. You can find historical information on the Internet, and for the rest did not really need a translator. The drivers at the station will show you a flyer... More
I went there without an interpreter and received a lot of impressions. You can find historical information on the Internet, and for the rest did not really need a translator. The drivers at the station will show you a flyer and you show the pictures which places you are going to visit and negotiate the price. This all can be negotiated with the help of gestures.