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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Open Now: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Open today: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
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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 2 July 2018
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 21 May 2018
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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Kaiping 529300, China
+86 750 226 3637
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago

This whole area is made of traditional Southern villages, which normally include a banyan tree at the entrance, a communal fish pond, and an ancestral hall. However, the villages that are home to clans that sent males overseas during the Gold Rush and the railroad...More

Thank Alex S
Reviewed 2 July 2018

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
Reviewed 21 May 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
Reviewed 9 May 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

Thank kmblackwell
Reviewed 12 April 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

2  Thank Alesia M
Reviewed 20 December 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

3  Thank Eileena L
Reviewed 18 December 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
Reviewed 17 August 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
Reviewed 27 June 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

2  Thank atan200120
Reviewed 9 June 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

8  Thank 3lgdz
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Teo C
21 June 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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Response from ShirleyC1212 |
Hi, kindly advise can I join a local mini group van tour there to most of the famous places of Intetest? Who to contact, cost?thanks