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Kaiping UNESCO Diaolou & Li Garden Tour from Guangzhou

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Highlights

  • Guided excursion to the ancient coastal city of Kaiping

  • Range of architectural styles of Zili Village's watchtowers

  • Lunch featuring Southern Chinese flavors at local restaurant

  • Mix of Western & traditional elements at aromatic Li Garden

  • Walking through a UNESCO World Heritage Site

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About this activity

What's included, what's not

  • What's included

    Guangzhou hotel pick-up and drop-off

  • What's included

    Transportation by private vehicle or minivan

  • What's included

    Professional & friendly English-speaking tour guide

  • What's included

    Main entrance tickets to the tour sites as per the itinerary

  • What's included

    Traditional Chinese cuisine lunch

  • What's excluded

    Beverages

Know Before You Book

  • Children 1 and younger are complimentary.

  • Hotel pickup is available from most centrally located Guangzhou hotels

What you can expect

Your guide will pick you up at your Guangzhou downtown 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. You 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.

You will go to Majulong village to visit the watchtowers here. The Majulong Watchtowers consists of 7 well-preserved towers and 8 western-style villas. It is like a chain of beads, scatthering among the ancient forests and bamboos. Of all the towers, the most outstanding Tianlu building is a typical public building built by 29 villagers in 1925. After this, you will be taken back to your hotel in Guangzhou, which will take approximately 2 hours.

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Activity Location

  • Kaiping City

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  • Hotel Pickup
  • Guangzhou
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