Watchtower Group of Zili Village

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Watchtower Group of Zili Village

Watchtower Group of Zili Village
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Singapore, Singapore526 contributions
Sep 2019
I visited 2 villages of the UNESCO-listed watch tower villages. This is by far the prettier one, with more of the iconic watchtowers. So, if time is limited, this is the one to go for.
Written December 16, 2019
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Buxster
Guangzhou, China184 contributions
Sep 2019 • Friends
Really enjoy d the stay here. Arrived around 9:30 and been just with 6 other visitors. The path is well prepared, clean toilets and kind villagers. Recommend it!
Written September 28, 2019
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Blabbott
Aurora, IL707 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
We made this stop based on ratings in Lonely Planet that said this was the best stop in the area to see Diaolou, but we actually liked the other areas (Li Yuan and Ma Xiang Long) better. The area was still good with some interesting buildings (diao lou).There is a combination ticket available for 180 that got us into all three areas we visited.
Written November 23, 2018
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Damien F
Dongguang County, China186 contributions
Nov 2018 • Couples
If you're driving a car this place is within easy reach, close to major roads and not far from Kaiping City. Otherwise it is possible to reach it by bus.
Entrance fees at 78 RMB are quite high and anyone coming with private car should think of getting ticket for 4 attractions altogether at 150 RMB. Would suggest you to star touring as early as it opens, as it might take some time at each spots; and knowing that between 5 - 5:30 pm it would close.
I personal rented out an audioguide for 20 RMB (but with a 300 RMB deposit) but next time I definitely would pick an expert guide to get more explanations.
Written November 12, 2018
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JJ_TravelExpress
London, UK175 contributions
Jul 2018 • Friends
The site is reachable by bus 617 from Kaiping city centre (one every 20 mins or so), the journey is about 40 mins. Taxi will cost you around 65yuan.

We bought the combo admission costing 150yuan per person, it gave us access to Zili village and the nearly Li Yuan. Shuttle bus between the sites was included in the price of the ticket (check the bus timetable at the entrance). Zili village was a fascinating place to visit, full of culture and history. We had a great time exploring the different towers. The villagers were friendly and welcoming. Many of the smaller buildings offered lunches (around 20-30 yuan per dish), overlooking the lotus pond. We'd have loved to eaten there but unfortunately we had a tight schedule and had to catch the shuttle to Li Yuan.
Written July 25, 2018
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China8,134 contributions
Dec 2017 • Friends
Decided not to enter the village because of the unrealistically high admission. There are hundreds of diaolous around Kaiping and Zili Village does not worth the price. There is a path right next to the restroom that offers a view of the three buildings in the village. Right outside the entrance, there are two nice diaolous that only charge 10 yuan.
Written December 17, 2017
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3lgdz
Manila, Philippines1,459 contributions
Dec 2016 • Family
Zili Village 自力村 has the largest collection of diaolou – mostly residential. It’s 11 km west of Kaiping. The residents, it is said, all have the surname Fang 方。Three of these are open to the public during the time that we visited – Mingshi Lou 銘石樓, Yesheng Mansion 葉生居廬 and Lansheng Mansion 瀾生居廬. We only visited the first two – Yunhuan Lou 雲幻樓 is usually open, but it was being renovated at the time of our visit.

It's a nice place to walk around and admire the architecture of the different watchtowers that were designed with both Chinese and "European" styles. The rural setting is also picturesque when you take a panoramic photo of the diaolou from the top of one of them. You can see the locals, mostly elderly, quietly hanging their poultry to dry or selling some vegetables, eggs or root crops. This place has not been touristified - so it's never too crowded. However, there are adequate tourist faciltiies such as restrooms and English translations, as befitting a UNESCO site.

Entering the main building of the Mingshi Lou, you can observe that the windows have steel railings for protection against bandits. There are photographs of the owner together with his wives. Some of the notable objects we saw while climbing up the diaolou include: photo of the parents of Mr. Fang, ceramic handiwork and wine bottles from Hong Kong, octagonal container for holding New Year’s treats, rattan case, portable sewing machine, teapot warmer, photo of the eldest son of Mr. Fang, poster featuring an ocean liner, men’s handbag, gallon jar for water, ancestral tablet, gramophone, “Jinshan trunk” or bag carried by returned overseas Chinese, make-up box and the bronze statue of Mr. Fang.

As a default format, when you enter each floor from the right, there is a living room in the middle (usually with chairs and photos), together with four or more doors. Usually there are bedrooms, but there may also be a kitchen or toilet. Each wife is usually assigned one floor for her own use.

There’s usually an ancestral shrine/altar on the top floor. On the top floor of Mingshi Lou, there's also a hexagonal pavilion in the center. On the day we visited, film crew were present at the Mingshi Lou.

Yesheng Julu or Yesheng Mansion 葉生居廬 is another typical example of a "lu" - or mansion style architecture during the 1930's. It's similar to the Mingshi Lou, although the balcony is off-limits and the highest floor has steel railings obstructing the view. In effect, take the best panoramic shots of the countryside from the top floor of Mingshi Lou.

Zili Village is highly recommended for any visitor to Guangzhou.
Written June 9, 2017
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Wim
9 contributions
Apr 2017 • Family
My trip to Kaiping was a nice day out. The villages are nice and the information and facilities is very well set up and organized. Although the pictures can be rather pitoresk and romantic, to me these not even 100 year old houses are not that special. However, we had a fun day out and when in the neighbourhood, it would be a nice outing again.
Written April 7, 2017
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Bitten_by_the_bug_10
London, UK324 contributions
Mar 2017 • Couples
Having visited a fair share of UNESCO sites across China, I was expecting this one to be no exception. No doubt the historic buildings would be stunning but the facilities provided for tourists, toilets etc, would be poor.

I was very pleasantly surprised. It is clear that the Guangdong government has spent a lot of money ensuring the main Kaiping sites are well maintained and modern.

Western style toilet facilities were plentiful and clean. Walkways, signposts and helpful staff. Even a coffee shop on site!

Ticket booth queue was efficient. We bought the 2 day ticket that covered the main sites, 180RMB each. There were some shops and places offering food.

Plentiful parking if you have a driver.

My only complaint is there is no real opportunity to buy decent postcards or a book in English about the watchtowers.

Highly recommended site to visit if you are in the south China area.
Written March 18, 2017
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Poppyjourney
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia74 contributions
Apr 2016 • Solo
Fulfilled my dreams of seeing reapseed flowers in China. Went there early April and caught the end season of Reapseed Flowers in bloom at Zili Village. One of the Diaolous here belonged to a fellow Malaysian.
Written May 1, 2016
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