Getting there & away
There are about fifty buses daily to Kāipíng from Guǎngzhōu (Y45, two hours), leaving from the long distance bus stations near the main train station. There are also buses from Zhūhǎi (Y60, 2½ hours) and Shēnzhèn (Y65, 2½ hrs). Buses will drop you off at one of two bus stations, the central Kāipíng bus station (Kāipíng zhǒngzhàn) or the provincial station (shì qìchē zhàn), where you can switch to a local bus (Y4–5) that will take you out to the diāolóu. Because the diāolóu are scattered throughout several counties, most people find it easier to rent a taxi to take them around to the various sites. A taxi to Zìlì from Kāipíng should cost between Y70 and Y80, with an hour’s wait included. A taxi from Kāipíng to Li Garden costs around Y22 each way. If you want to see all the towers, your best bet would be to charter a taxi for the day. You’ll find taxi drivers waiting in front of the bus stations to take you around. A half day will cost around Y200 and a full day Y400, but you can negotiate these rates.