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Home Tour Options Pearl River Delta Tours Kaiping Diaolou and Village

UNESCO Kaiping Diaolou and Village Tour

If you are overseas Chinese who want to seek for deep cultural connections, this tour is exactly right for you! We will offer the best service for you and help you know more about Diaolou cultures.

Diaolou Cluster is located in the southwest of the Pearl River Delta in Guangdong Province and the center of Kaiping City, Kaiping Diaolou Cultural Tourist Attraction covers a total area of 9,587,333 square meters and is mostly known for the world cultural heritage sites that include Diaolou Cluster in Zili Village, Mjianglong Village and the Li Garden.

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Map of Kaiping Diaolou and Village

Enjoying tremendous cultural relics, ancient trees, well-known wood species, farm fields, bridges, and picturesque houses, it contains not only villages, diaolou, western-style cottages, folk houses, gardens, villas, and other ancient buildings, but also rivers. hills, fields, lotus ponds, bamboo woods, and numerous trees and is extremely rich in tourism resources. Blending perfectly into the local natural environment, the traditional diaolou have formed their unique characters. Favored with a long history and profound cultural resources, Kaiping Diaolou is honored as an 'A masterpiece of Overseas Chinese' and  'A Stunning Architectural Art Gallery '.

The Li Garen

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Li Garden

Being a garden villa built in the early 20th century by Mr. Xie Weili, a US-based Chinese, the Li Garden is based on the Grand View Garden depicted in the Dream Of the red Chamber and skillfully combines the classical garden features with the popular villa architectures in Europe and America, which presents a unique form of architectural art and boasts a breathtaking man-made garden landscape.

The Li Garden also Known as the 'Small View Garden', it focuses on the conception of 'bridge, brook, and household. Divided into the grand garden, small garden, and villa clusters, the garden layout forms a style of its own: separation with the artificial river or walls, connection with pavilions and bridges or corridors, contributing to the pattern of gardens within gardens and landscapes within landscapes. With profound culture represented by the couplets by famous calligraphers and substantial romantic and legendary sculptures and murals, it will make you feel like being in a remarkable wonderland.

Zili Village

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Zili Village

Founded: In 1837, Zili village was comprised of Anheli, He' anli, and Yong' anli unincorporated villages all with the surname of Fang. In the early days after the founding of the new People' s Republic of China, all three villages were combined into Zili Village, implying 'Self Reliance'. This village has 63 households and 17l5 villagers and 248 compatriots from overseas and Hongkong and Macau. Overseas remittance is the main resource of the village. The entire village has 92 houses in total, including 77  'three-room-and-two-corridor'  traditional dwellings, 9 watchtowers, and 6 cottage-style villas. The traditional dwellings and watchtowers in the village are well distributed and proportioned. Dotted with the lotus ponds, its unique country lifestyle and the stories behind the watchtowers have attracted visitors from all over the world. In 2005, Zili Village was awarded the title of  'National Historical and Cultural Village', and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.

Majianglong Village

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Majinglong Village

Situated at the flatland on the eastern coast of Tanjiang River, the Majianglong Village Cluster is under the administration of Baihe Township. It is composed of 5 villages: Yong'an and Nan'an Villages of the Huang family and Qinglin, Hedong, and Longjiang villages of the Guan family. Yong'an Village was established during the Qianlong period(l736-1795).In the early years, it was known as   'Fengsuilang'  which bears the symbolic meaning of  'good harvest every year  They renamed the place  'Majianglong after 1949. A large number of the villagers have emigrated to the United States, Canada, Mexico, and Australia. The 7 Diaolou and 8 villas in the villagers were constructed in the early 20th century and inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007.

The South Diaolou

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Kaiping The South Diaolou | Kaiping Nan Lou

The South Diaolou has no distinctive architectural designs but it evokes special memories and respect. During the Japanese invasion of China in the late 1930s, seven men spent the final moments of their lives inside the Diaolou defending their homeland in a fierce battle with the Japanese. The seven heroes are still remembered by thousands today.ln 2003, the South Diaolou was awarded Patriotism Education Base by China Federation of Returned Overseas Chinese and inscribed on the UNESCO World l-heritage List in 2007.

Jinjiangli Village

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Jinjiangli Village

Jinjiangli Village Diaolou Cluster, surrounded by mountains, with crisscross paths on the farmland and river flowing through away before it, lies in the Xian Gang TownsViip, Kaiping City. Water buffaloes and geese appearing on the riverside from time to time, the granite-paved road leading from the pier to the village, and women carrying water coming and going, that is a pastoral life painting of Jinjiangli Village. Three diaolous stands among traditional old houses, which gives you a sense of the beauty of harmony in the combination of western and Chinese traditional style. Ruishilou, regarded as the No.1 diaolou in Kaiping, and Shengfenglou are 2 out of the 3 diaoiou that forms the most beautiful diaolou cluster in Kaiping.

Chikan Ancient Town

Kaiping Diaolou Tour | Chikan Ancient Town

Chikan, a town with a history of over 350 years, was built in the Qing Dynasty during the reign of Shunzhi. The name Chikan means 'high land with red sod'. lt is surrounded by rivers and trees. There are around 600 Qilou-style shophouses, most of which were built at the beginning of the  20th  century by overseas Chinese from the Guan and Situ Clans. The Qilou-style streets are considered the best-preserved buildings of this type in the area. Local specialties are sold  in the streets. It is a good place to experience local life! It's a shame Chikan is now closed for renovations, as it would have been a really nice old town to explore too.


One-Day Kaiping Diaolou Tour

Price: USD$220 for 1 person, each additional person USD$30; Maximum participant: 3 people;
Itinerary: Zili Village Li Garden ➜ Sanmenli;

Two-Day Kaiping Diaolou Tour

Price: USD$440 for 1 person, each additional person USD$50; Maximum participant: 3 people;
Itinerary: Zili Village ➜ Li Garden ➜ The South Diaolou Overnight at Kaiping City ➜ Sanmenli ➜ Majianglong ➜ Jinjiangli;


1. Air-conditioned car, fuel, toll fee, parking fee;
2. Downtown hotel pick-up and drop off;
3. Guide (Guide and driver will be a same person);

Additional Costs
To keep your tour cost low, we have not included food and entrance tickets in the tour price, they are usually very reasonable, so that you have more option according to your needs and budget. Please cover our expenditure in the tour (meals and drink). However, these will be minimal. Based on our experience, usually the additional costs for lunch as follows:

Claypot Eel Rice costs CNY¥47 includes 500 gram eels and 250 gram rice;
Braised ribs with dry orange peel costs CNY¥43 for a plate;
Steamed Minced Pork Balls on Lotus Leaf costs CNY¥33 for a plate;
The five flavours Goose costs CNY¥43 for a plate;

The additional costs for entrance tickets as follows:

The combo ticket for Zili Village and the Li Garden cost CNY¥150/person; The combo ticket for 5 attractions cost CNY¥180/person is valid for 2 days. 50% discounts for the seniors and children.