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Zili, 11km west of Kaiping, has the largest collection of diāolóu historic watchtowers in the area, though only a few of the 15 are open to the public. The most stunning is Míngshí Lóu (铭石楼), which has a veranda...

Village in Kaiping


The charming old town of Chikan, 10km southwest of Kaiping, has streets of shophouses with arcades on the ground floor flanking the Tanjiang River (潭江). These distinctive qílóu (骑楼) buildings were built by...

Historic Site in Kaiping

Li Garden

About 15 minutes by taxi west from Kaiping in Tangkou town (塘口镇, Tángkǒu zhèn), Li Garden has a fortified mansion built in 1936 by a wealthy Chinese American. The delightful interiors feature Italianate motifs...

Village in Kaiping

Jinjiangi Historic Village

The highlights in this village, 20km southwest of Kaiping, are the privately run Ruìshí Lóu and Shēngfēng Lóu (升峰楼). The former (c 1923) is Kaiping’s tallest diāolóu and comprises nine storeys, topped off with a...

Chinese in Kaiping

Zhōnghuá Dōnglù

A short walk east of central Chikan are over half a dozen stalls serving Kaiping's speciality bāozifàn (煲仔饭): rice and meat or eel cooked directly in individual claypots, making for a distinctive crispy rice skin...

Tower in Kaiping

Ruìshí Lóu

One of the most marvellous of the towers around Kaiping is located behind Jǐnjiānglǐ Historic Village, 20km south of Kaiping. Built in 1923, the privately owned tower has nine storeys with a Byzantine-style roof...

Chinese in Kaiping


This excellent restaurant serves the local speciality – braised wild-grown goose (狗仔鹅, gǒuzǎi é). The steamed tofu with shredded taro and ground pork (肉碎芋丝蒸豆腐, ròusuì yùsī zhēng dòufu) and salt-baked chicken...

Historic Building in Kaiping

Nánxìng Xié Lóu

In Nanxing village, Nánxìng Xié Lóu was built in 1903 and tilts severely to one side, with its central axis over 2m off-centre.

Historic Site in Kaiping

Fēngcǎi Hall

Not a typical ancestral hall, this compound built in 1906 retains an exquisite southern Chinese architectural style, but with Western elements eccentrically blended. The complex is hidden inside a school 1.5km...