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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Monday - Sunday -> 08:30-17:30
CNY 180
half - 1 day (Suggested)

The Diaolou group, with twenty symbolic ones, are inscribed into the UNESCO world culture heritage in 2007. Diaolou, located at South of China in Kaiping, are village houses for the purpose of defence and protection from local bandits during the 19th to 20th centuries. As the leading group of complex demonstrating the western architectural style in China, the significance of Diaolou lies in the flamboyant fusion of local Chinese and western elements.

Three Forms of Diaolou

Diaolou can be classified into 3 types:

  • Communal Towers

    The functionality of these towers are purely for defense. These diaolou is shared by the households of community, they share the construction cost and a room will be shared by each family. this towers will serve as a refuge for them to avoid from gangsters or floods. As they’re mainly use for defense, the towers are built in a simple and cost-effective way to achieve the purpose of protection.

  • Dwelling Towers

    Dwelling Towers are built by rich families. Besides defensing, these towers are also made for habitation. Spacious rooms and sufficient daily facilities create a cozy environment for living.

  • Night Watchtowers

    They are found at the village entrance, outside the village, or near the riverbank. Designed relatively higher than other towers, it is used for detecting robbers and bandits before they enter the village so that the villagers can prepare for themselves.

Opening Hours and Tickets of Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Entrance fees

AreaSeasonVisitorFee (CNY)
All Area (2 days)Year RoundAdult180
Li Garden 立园Year RoundAdult90
Zili Village Watch Tower 自力村碉楼群Year RoundAdult60
Majianglong Diaolou Cluster 马降龙碉楼群Year RoundAdult50
Jinjiangli Village Diaolou Village 锦江里碉楼群Year RoundAdult50

Directions of Getting There


Take shuttle from Guangzhou to Kaiping, the journey takes 1.5 hour. The shuttle bus could be found next to Guangzhou train station 广东省汽车站 (06:30-07:30) or Guangzhou Zhongshan 8th Rd Bus Station广州中山八路汽车站 (06:30-08:30), shuttles depart at a 35-minute interval.

Passenger ship from Hong Kong to Kaiping takes 3-4 hours (140 CNY).

Since Diaolou Clusters in Kaiping are scattered into different parts in Kaiping, it would be easier to travel around if you have 4+ visitors. It takes around 30 CNY per each person if the group hires a car for travel.

There are sightseeing buses travelling Zili Village, Majianglong Diaolou Cluster and Li Garden.


The point of interest for Kaiping Dialou includes:

Li Garden 立园, Zili Village 自力村碉楼群, Majianglong Diaolou Cluster 马降龙碉楼群, Jinjiangli Village Diaolou Village 锦江里碉楼群, and Chikan Town 赤坎古镇


Reference Links

Official Link (Chinese)

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