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Top Choice Village in Kāipíng


Zìlì, 11km west of Kāipíng, 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 verandah wi…
Historic Site in Kāipíng

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 south…
Historic Site in Kāipíng

Lì Garden

About 15 minutes by taxi from Kāipíng, Lì Garden has a fortified mansion built in 1936 by a wealthy Chinese American. The interiors featuring Italianate motifs and the gardens, with their artificial canals, footbrid…
Chinese in Kāipíng

Cháojiāngchūn Restaurant

This excellent restaurant serves the local specialty – 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 (手撕鸡; sh…
Village in Kāipíng

Jǐnjiānglǐ Historic Village

The highlights in this village, 20km south of Kāipíng, are the privately run Ruìshí Lóu and Shēngfēng Lóu (升峰楼). The former (c 1923) is Kāipíng’s tallest diāolóu (historic watchtower) and comprises nine storeys, top…
Chinese in Kāipíng

Zhōnghuá Dōnglù

A short walk east of central Chìkǎn are over half a dozen stalls serving Kāipíng's specialty bāozifàn (包子饭): rice and meat or eel cooked directly in individual claypots, making for a distinctive crispy rice skin ins…
Village in Kāipíng


The charming old town of Chìkǎn, 10km southwest of Kāipíng, has streets of shophouses with arcades on the ground floor flanking the Tánjiāng River (潭江). These distinctive qílóu (骑楼) buildings were built by overseas …
Historic Building in Kāipíng

Nánxìng Xié Lóu

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

Ruìshí Lóu

One of the most marvellous of the towers around Kāipíng is located behind Jǐnjiānglǐ village (锦江里), 20km south of Kāipíng. Built in 1923, the privately owned tower has nine storeys with a Byzantine-style roof and Ro…