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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Kaiping 529300, China
+86 750 226 3637
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Really interesting

I am very pleased we came here. It's really fascinating place. As we live in HK it's an easy (4 hr... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
engrob84
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Hong Kong, China
Unique and historical village

It was fascinating to see the diaolou with their combination of European and Chinese Architecture... read more

Reviewed May 20, 2018
Janelizabeth56
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Nelson, New Zealand
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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
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“zili village” (6 reviews)
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Hours Today: 8:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m.
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
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Kaiping 529300, China
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

I am very pleased we came here. It's really fascinating place. As we live in HK it's an easy (4 hr) bus ride away so is well worth a weekend trip.

Thank engrob84
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Reviewed May 20, 2018

It was fascinating to see the diaolou with their combination of European and Chinese Architecture, as well as hearing the interesting stories behind their creation. Our young students were captured by the stories of the three storied tower built for a man with three wives,...More

1  Thank Janelizabeth56
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Reviewed May 9, 2018

I visited these diaolous on a Sunday along with the li gardens. I was fortunate enough to befriend a taxi driver that spoke decent English and he waited for me while I explored them. I recommend purchasing the complete package to appreciate the exquisite detail...More

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Reviewed April 11, 2018

China Highlights created an 8-day custom tour for our family which included a day-trip from Guangzhou to Kaiping. My husband is a third-gen Chinese-American, and the primary purpose of this tour was to visit the home of his family which was built in the late...More

1  Thank Alesia M
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Reviewed December 20, 2017 via mobile

Took the bus from Fangcun bus station in Guangzhou. 2hr journey for us to reach Kaiping Yici bus station. Be sure to bring along your passport as you will need it to purchase long distance bus tickets. From Yici, take the 617 mini bus to...More

2  Thank EileenaLee
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Reviewed December 17, 2017

The diaolous in Kaiping are very interesting and definitely worth a visit. The special type architecture is scattered around Kaiping. However, the local government encloses a couple of them and tries every means to extract money from tourists. Rather than paying the extremely high admission...More

1  Thank Leon L
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Reviewed August 16, 2017

These are unique buildings put up at a period in Kaiping where bandits roamed free. It sounds exactly like a Chinese version of the wild, wild, west in America. Men went abroad to make a living, and those who made it sent money home with...More

1  Thank Lamyin
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Reviewed June 27, 2017

This place is not the hidden gem you are looking for. This place has been turned into a tourist location heavily since it became a UNESCO site. Everywhere, they are trying to seek money out of tourists. They charge for parking which was acceptable but...More

1  Thank atan200120
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Reviewed June 9, 2017

Even if this attraction is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, only a few tourists (especially foreign) ever make it out here. It's only around 2 to 2.5 hours away from central Guangzhou - so it's more accessible than ever before. The Diaolou...More

7  Thank 3lgdz
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Reviewed May 2, 2017

The photo does not justify the buildings. There is a reason why the UN recognize their significance. The villages are well-preserved, especially the Zili Village and Men Yuan. You will feel so calm and pleasant walking around those villages. Even better if you are interested...More

Thank Lorenciosm
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Teo C
June 20, 2017|
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Response from Ondeh | Reviewed this property |
Hi Cynthia Unfortunately I did not keep their details. I got the driver through the concierge at our hotel, so I think it shouldn't be too difficult for you to get your hotel to organise it for you. If you know a local it... More
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YuyaGNG
August 3, 2016|
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Hi. Do you know of any drivers I can contact for something like this?
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