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Jiangmen Zili Village Watch Tower

Address: Zili Village, Kaiping 527100, China
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Ranked #3 of 14 Attractions in Kaiping
Type: Historic Sites, Landmarks
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Singapore, Singapore
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82 reviews 82 reviews
66 attraction reviews
26 helpful votes 26 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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21 reviews 21 reviews
17 attraction reviews
24 helpful votes 24 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 10, 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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Adelaide, Australia
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356 reviews 356 reviews
234 attraction reviews
192 helpful votes 192 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 21, 2014

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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31 reviews 31 reviews
14 attraction reviews
13 helpful votes 13 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 20, 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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439 reviews 439 reviews
230 attraction reviews
262 helpful votes 262 helpful votes
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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Kunming, China
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395 reviews 395 reviews
198 attraction reviews
225 helpful votes 225 helpful votes
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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38 attraction reviews
177 helpful votes 177 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 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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Shenzhen, China
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57 reviews 57 reviews
3 attraction reviews
61 helpful votes 61 helpful votes
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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5 reviews 5 reviews
4 attraction reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
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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Seattle, Washington
17 reviews 17 reviews
8 attraction reviews
29 helpful votes 29 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2012 via mobile

The village is pretty with its setting among paddy fields. There is an interesting exhibit in some of the historic buildings in the center of the village that will give you a good overview of the diaolous and the history of the people who lived there. A few of the diaolous are open to the public. As far as logistics... More

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