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Kaiping

Zili Village near Kaiping China


I’m just on the bus heading back from Kaiping China. It’s a 3 hour bus ride from Shenzhen and it’s border with Hong Kong.

The city is known for it’s Daiolou villages which surround the city. These are buildings built by overseas Chinese nationals who send money home to build towers and huge homes from the money they make overseas. There were a lot of homes built using money from building the railway in Western Canada in the 1800’s.

There are 5 main villages but I was only able to see three of them. Zili Village is surrounded by wheat and rice crops. The smell of these plants ripening was nice. My friend and I were offered some fresh fruit. I took some great pictures. It is a UNESCO site.

The second place was Majianglong Diaolou Cluster. This area was surrounded by bamboo forests. There are about 5 villages all within walking distance. The best way to get around this group is by renting a bike. These homes were built in the 18th Century. It is also a UNESCO site.

Getting around the area is hard due to language. I was lucky to have a friend to act as a translator. It’s possible to use public transportation to get around. If you are without someone who doesn’t speak the language you can do a bus tour around.


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