We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Kaiping Diaolou and Villages

Kaiping 529300, China
+86 750 226 3637
Book In Advance
More Info
US$ 236.21*
and up
Kaiping Diaolou and Chikan Old Town Day Trip
Why Book on TripAdvisor?
  • Tour highlights & full itinerary
  • Easy online booking
  • Lowest price guaranteed
More Information ›
Map updates are paused. Zoom in to see updated info.
Reset zoom
Updating Map...
Known locally as the Kaiping Diaolou, these unique, multi-story watchtowers were used as fortifications in the 17th century. Now a world UNESCO Heritage site, they are some of the most fascinating historical and architectural artifacts in China.
  • Excellent38%
  • Very good44%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible0%
Travellers talk about
“day trip” (5 reviews)
“hidden gem” (2 reviews)
“zili village” (6 reviews)
Closed Now
All hours
Hours Today: 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM
Suggested Duration: More than 3 hours
Kaiping 529300, China
+86 750 226 3637
Write a Review
Turn Your Opinions into Points!
Turn your opinions into JPMiles
Turn your opinions into PAYBACK Points
*You can enroll in only one programme at a time to earn rewards for reviews.
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
JPMiles / Payback Arrow
Reviews (119)
Traveller rating
Traveller type
Time of year
  • More languages

1 - 10 of 39 reviews

Reviewed 17 August 2017

These are unique buildings put up at a period in Kaiping where bandits roamed free. It sounds exactly like a Chinese version of the wild, wild, west in America. Men went abroad to make a living, and those who made it sent money home with...More

Thank Lamyin
Reviewed 27 June 2017

This place is not the hidden gem you are looking for. This place has been turned into a tourist location heavily since it became a UNESCO site. Everywhere, they are trying to seek money out of tourists. They charge for parking which was acceptable but...More

Thank atan200120
Reviewed 9 June 2017

Even if this attraction is inscribed in the UNESCO World Heritage Sites list, only a few tourists (especially foreign) ever make it out here. It's only around 2 to 2.5 hours away from central Guangzhou - so it's more accessible than ever before. The Diaolou...More

3  Thank 3lgdz
Reviewed 3 May 2017

The photo does not justify the buildings. There is a reason why the UN recognize their significance. The villages are well-preserved, especially the Zili Village and Men Yuan. You will feel so calm and pleasant walking around those villages. Even better if you are interested...More

Thank Lorenciosm
Reviewed 8 April 2017

To give you context about my comments below, I'm a westerner who has been working and living in China for over 3 years. I speak just enough Chinese to survive here (meaning embarrassingly little). My wife and I reasonably well-traveled in China, so we were...More

4  Thank mitraveler16
Reviewed 5 March 2017

Set amidst rolling paddy fields, the fortified diaolous dwarf over ancient low rise village buildings. This area, about an hour's drive south west of Jiangmen is so underrated. Its UNESCO protected status covers 4 separate villages - ZiLiCun, MaJiangLong, JinJiangLi and SanMenLi. You can purchase...More

2  Thank Ondeh
Reviewed 31 January 2017 via mobile

after 1976, entire china changing to new generation.there is someting still there as before .文革使中国更统一也使文化没有了差别,而开平一直保留了新和旧的物事和或东或西的文化,如祭祖,如开平话,如木鱼,如清砖房,如碉楼,如房门壁画。如火蒜...

Thank Thomas z
Reviewed 23 November 2016

I participated in the November CKYC College activities this trip is a day tour here is Kaiping Diaolou in Jiangmen City, Guangdong Province, Kaiping City, rural areas, the existing towers have 1833 buildings. Kaiping Watchtower and Village in June 28, 2007 in New Zealand Christchurch...More

Thank chris20150030
Reviewed 21 November 2016

You might have heard about Chinatown in some Western country or in America, but maybe you haven't heard about Western town in China. Then Kaiping Diaolou is the place where has many western style building and these buildings were built about 100 years ago. One...More

Thank Oyundari E
Reviewed 11 September 2016 via mobile

A fascinating day trip from Guanghzou to immerse yourself in a history not often celebrated by the Chinese Govt nor from the Americas where many of these Kaiping Emigres departed to. Half of the magic of this place is imagining the lives of Chinese immigrants...More

2  Thank Roger S
Nearby Restaurants
MaiTian Coffee
11.17 km away
ShiJiZhi Zhou XiCan Cafe
1 review
11.24 km away
Meng Little Sheep Hot Pot (KaiPing Hua Qiao)
1 review
11.27 km away
HeiLong Dumpling
3 reviews
11.48 km away
Nearby Attractions
Watchtower Group of Zili Village
60 reviews
.05 km away
Chikan European Style Street
54 reviews
5.27 km away
Kaiping Garden
41 reviews
3.14 km away
Ask a question
Questions & Answers
Teo C
21 June 2017|
AnswerShow all 3 answers
Response from Ondeh | Reviewed this property |
Hi Cynthia Unfortunately I did not keep their details. I got the driver through the concierge at our hotel, so I think it shouldn't be too difficult for you to get your hotel to organise it for you. If you know a local it... More
4 August 2016|
Response from rlamg |
Hi. Do you know of any drivers I can contact for something like this?