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Private Day Trip to Kaiping Watchtowers and Li Garden from Guangzhou

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    What to Expect
    Depart from your downtown Guangzhou hotel by comfortable, air-conditioned vehicle, and relax on the 2.5-hour drive south to Kaiping, deep in Guangdong province.

    On route, gaze at China’s countryside, rice fields, and towns, and hear information about the region’s history from your guide. As you approach Kaiping, glimpse the famous watchtowers (diaolous) that dot the landscapes. The oldest of these UNESCO-listed, multi-story fortified houses date from the Ming dynasty era between the 14th and 17th centuries, and were built to stave off bandits and floods.

    On arrival, visit the village of Zili, home to an impressive collection of the castle-like towers, including 20th-century examples built by returning Chinese émigrés who incorporated Western-style architecture into their designs.

    Stroll around to study the towers' different styles, and head inside some to view the interiors and absorb the panoramas from the rooftops.

    Refuel with a tasty southern Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to the Li Garden, also known as Kaiping Garden. This early 20th-century garden was designed by a wealthy Chinese emigrant XieWei Li, and is home to a stunning watchtower, villas, waterways, and bridges. Stretch your legs to see the park's highlights like the magical-looking birdcage pavilion, and ornamental Chinese gardens.

    Having explored here, travel to Chikan Old Town, known for its 1920s Western-style architecture. Returning expat Chinese families of the time came back here, and designed houses using Western architectural elements, complete with elegant balconies.

    Absorb the rundown-but-photogenic houses along the riverbanks, and learn how Chikan has attracted movie producers who have used the houses as period film sets.

    Finally, journey back to Guangzhou, where your day trip finishes with a hotel drop-off.
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    Important Information
    Departure Point
    Your hotel in Downtown Guangzhou
    Departure Time
    8:00 AM
    Return Details
    Returns to original departure point
    • Hotel pick-up and drop-off
    • Transfer to the tour sites
    • Professional and friendly English speaking guide
    • Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch
    • Entry/Admission - Kaiping Garden
    • Entry/Admission - Watchtower Group of Zili Village
    • Gratuities
    • Alcoholic drinks (available to purchase)
    • Drinks
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    Additional Info
    • Confirmation will be received at time of booking
    • Please advise any specific dietary requirements at time of booking
    • Operates in all weather conditions, please dress appropriately
    • Please wear comfortable shoes
    • This is a private tour/activity. Only your group will participate
    Cancellation Policy
    For a full refund, cancel at least 24 hours in advance of the start date of the experience.
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    Reviewed July 27, 2019 via mobile

    This attraction summaries the entire history of the place. The guide we had was informative. It is a long drive from Jiang nan and though the attraction isn’t impressive it sums a large portion of history. Loved the trip

    Date of experience: July 2019
    Thank Shopping C
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