Welcome to Kāipíng

Kāipíng (开平), 140km southwest of Guǎngzhōu, is home to one of the most arresting human-constructed attractions in Guǎngdōng – the Unesco-crowned diāolóu (碉楼), eccentric watchtowers featuring a fusion of Eastern and Western architectural styles. Out of the approximately 3000 original diāolóu, only 1833 remain.Downtown Kāipíng is pleasant, especially the section near the Tánjiāng River (谭江), where you’ll see people... Read More

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$800 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Small Group Cycling Tour in Kaiping and Chikan from Hong Kong

Day 1: HK - /Kaiping - Chikan - Ma Jiang Long (L,D) Assembling in Kowloon by 7:30AM, you are off on the trip to Kaiping. After clearing customs and immigration you will be on your waiting coach for an one-hour trip to your lunch in Kaiping. From Kaiping, you will cycle to Chi Kan Village from Nan Lou - the Southern Defense Tower. Riding through Chikan District, you will pass by Ma Jiang Long, a historic village in Guangdong. Afterwards, you will take a coffee break. From here you are cycling back to Kaiping and head back to hotel. The whole cycle will be around 17 miles cycling today. Day 2: Chikan - Enping - Kaiping (B,L,D) Today’s castle lane brings you the mansions of Li Yuan and then on to Zili Village from Chikan. The cycling distance around these two stops of interest is 6 miles. Once you have finished your exploration of Zili village, you will cycle about 4 miles to village “49” and then bus or ride 6.5 miles to your lunch spot at Sha Hu (Sandy Lake). The afternoon ride will be mostly some village paths, forest trails and roads are not very famous but beautiful, such as Shengtang. Your last stop today is the castle house of Jin Jiang Li, and you will receive a free shirt here. The whole cycle will be around 37 miles today. Day 3: Kaiping - HK (B, L) A morning cycle loop of the castle houses and villages at south of Kaiping, it will be around 12 miles and then check out from the hotel. You will end up the travel back to Hong Kong by an afternoon boat.

$1540 Multi-day & Extended Tours

3-Day Private Cycling Tour in Kaiping and Chikan from Hong Kong

Day 1: HK - /Kaiping - Chikan - Ma Jiang Long (L,D) Assembling in Kowloon by 7:30AM, you are off on the trip to Kaiping. After clearing customs and immigration you will be on your waiting coach for an one-hour trip to your lunch in Kaiping. From Kaiping, you will cycle to Chi Kan Village from Nan Lou - the Southern Defense Tower. Riding through Chikan District, you will pass by Ma Jiang Long, a historic village in Guangdong. Afterwards, you will take a coffee break. From here you are cycling back to Kaiping and head back to hotel. The whole cycle will be around 17 miles cycling today. Day 2: Chikan - Enping - Kaiping (B,L,D) Today’s castle lane brings you the mansions of Li Yuan and then on to Zili Village from Chikan. The cycling distance around these two stops of interest is 6 miles. Once you have finished your exploration of Zili village, you will cycle about 4 miles to village “49” and then bus or ride 6.5 miles to your lunch spot at Sha Hu (Sandy Lake). The afternoon ride will be mostly some village paths, forest trails and roads are not very famous but beautiful, such as Shengtang. Your last stop today is the castle house of Jin Jiang Li, and you will receive a free shirt here. The whole cycle will be around 37 miles today. Day 3: Kaiping - HK (B, L) A morning cycle loop of the castle houses and villages at south of Kaiping, it will be around 12 miles and then check out from the hotel. You will end up the travel back to Hong Kong by an afternoon boat.

$237 Cultural & Theme Tours

Kaiping Diaolou and Chikan Old Town Day Trip

Expect pickup from your hotel between 7:30am and 8:30am: exact timings will be confirmed the night before. It's a 2-hour drive out to Kaiping County, where the UNESCO-listed diaolou watchtowers stand proud against the lush ricefields. (Please note that schedules may change slightly depending on traffic conditions.) Villagers built these multistorey structures as protection against bandits, and they acted not only as watchtowers but as communal residences. Many Kaiping Chinese worked overseas before returning home, so the towers, some built as late as the 1920s and 1930s, feature a surreal fusion of eastern and western architectural elements and decorations – some even look a bit like European castles. There are around 1,800 diaolou still standing in Kaiping. You'll head for the cluster around Zili village, and explore the six-storey Mingshi Lou and five-storey Yunhuan Lou, both built in the early 1920s. Break for an included Cantonese lunch at 12:30pm, before you head to the old town of Chikan, established during the Qing dynasty. The highlights here are the wonderful old buildings which flank the Tan River. Built in the 1920s by overseas Cantonese merchants, they're an intriguing mix of Chinese and Western architectural styles with pillars and enclosed balconies. After around an hour exploring Chikan, hop back in the vehicle for the 2-hour drive back to Guangzhou. You'll arrive at your hotel around 5:30pm.

$113 Cultural & Theme Tours

All Inclusive Private Day Trip to Kaiping Watchtowers, Li Garden and Chikan Old Town from Guangzhou

Your guide will pick you up at your Guangzhou hotel then take you to Kaiping City, about 2.5 hours away from central Guangzhou. There you’ll visit the Watchtowers in Zili Village, also know as Diaolou. The Diaolou are fortified buildings built in the 1920s and 1930s by returning Chinese immigrants from all over the world and listed as UNESCO World Cultural Heritage sites. The Zili village has nine of these watchtowers with different styles. The views from the top are beautiful, and it gives a little insight into what it would be like to have lived here in the past.From there, your guide will then take you to have a traditional Chinese cuisine lunch at a local restaurant to enjoy southern Chinese flavors before visiting the Li Garden. The Li Garden was built between 1926 and 1936 by Mr. Xie Weili, a Chinese emigrant to the United States. They cover an area of approximately 11,000 square meters and has the lingering charm of a traditional Chinese garden but also contains the exotic atmosphere of Western architecture in great harmony. The layout of Li Garden is divided into 3 sections, inside which there is a villa section, a grand garden and a small garden.After your relaxing visit to Li Garden, the tour will take you to Chikan Old Town. Chikan Old Town was mainly built in 1920s, during the Qing Dynasty, and has since become a movie and television base with its traditional architecture and beautiful scenes.After this, it will be time to return to your hotel in Guangzhou, which will take approximately 2 hours.