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Jiangmen Zili Village Watch Tower

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Address: Zili Village, Kaiping 527100, China
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It is worth going to see the diaolou and traditional homes, in a working village. There are panoramic views from the top of the diaolou, and interesting to watch the video about... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed December 1, 2015
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Watford, United Kingdom
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Watford, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 1, 2015

It is worth going to see the diaolou and traditional homes, in a working village. There are panoramic views from the top of the diaolou, and interesting to watch the video about life and living there. There were a few stalls selling touristy goods but not over-commercialized. Our schedule allowed only 90 minutes at Zilli, but could easily have spent... More 

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Singapore, Singapore
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2014

This place offers a different images of China, the houses here are a mix of Chinese and parts from various countries such as Indian and other European countries.Some of the houses are opened to the public and they are like museum with items on display. There are many houses and they are scattered over a large area so it is... More 

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Shenzhen, China
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 47 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 9, 2014

This is what you're coming to Kaiping for, and based off the reviews and travel guides, I chose here. Great to go inside the buildings, see the views from the top, and wonder what it was like to live there. I highly recommend renting a bike to get here. Walk around a little and you might run into a sweet... More 

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 2014 via mobile

This smaller cluster of diaolou sees less visitors than many other clusters located in bigger (and more modern villages. The end result? Less commercialization, less touts, less vendors of tacky souvenirs. The entrance ticket is reasonable at 80RMB, and it is worth climbing up the diaolou open for public viewing for some nice views. Allow yourself a couple of hours... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 19, 2014

There is Chinese saying 'You've not seen Guangdong if you've not seen Diaolou Village'. In a way I can agree with that because those villages are something totally different compared to anything else in Guangdong. It surprises you when you see those tall watch tower houses in the middle of the rice field. There are also some old furniture and... More 

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Hong Kong, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed February 6, 2014 via mobile

Because the diaolous within the ZiLi Village area are spread out, expect to do a lot of walking. Winter also isn't the best time to visit since the surrounding fields are all barren and everything looks a little drab. Make the effort to climb to the top of the diaolous that are open to the public for panoramic views of... More 

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1 Thank Mei L
Kunming, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 7, 2013

I visited the Fujian Tulou Round Houses 福建土楼 a couple years ago and wanted to see the Kaiping Diaolou 开平碉楼 for the contrast in architectural style. Both places were very interesting and well worth the trouble. First, a tip. These Kaiping Diaolou are reachable now from Taishan by a small two lane winding road, but a big four-lane highway is... More 

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Klang, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 3, 2013

These are unique buildings and came about by the twist of fortunes in China's multi-faceted history. All of which adds up to make the wealth of riches in China's Historical treasures. The return of overseas Chinese with the wealth and knowledge obtained from overseas created these special architectural styles.Very much worthy of a day's visit. A TIP:- You should spend... More 

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Thank MahTO
Shenzhen, China
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2013

Interesting attraction with loads of great stories behind. Architecture seems to be really unique -mix of different cultures and ages. Narrow pathways are not so convenient, when there are crowds pf people around, but they definitely add some charm to this site. Same can be said about surrounding rice fields. There are some great artifacts in the building, including old... More 

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Thank Alexeich
Brussels
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2013

Actually it is a whole, with several villages, inscribed on the World Cultural Heritage, with : Jinjiang village Diaolou cluster built, like the other villages, by Overseas Chinese families who lived in the USA, who were members of the Huang clan and gave it its name which means Embroidered River Village, in order to protect their families against highwaymen; LiYuan... More 

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