Concorde Travel proudly present two group departure tours to a fantastic area in China called Kaiping this and .
Mark your calendar! The area is full of exotic buildings that truly
embrace the idea of when East meets West. Diaolous(watch towers) were
built in great number during 1920′s and 1930′s, but the earliest built
and still standing
dated as far back as in the Ming Dynasty, about 460 years ago. Our
tours will be led by a scholar, Ms Selia Tan, the lady who was behind
the sites gaining accreditation as a UNESCO world heritage site in 2007.
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has become increasingly famous because of its "diaolou", fortified
multi-storey towers, which were constructed in the Kaiping area from the
early Qing Dynasty (1644 to 1912), reaching a peak in the 1920's and
1930's, when there were more than 3,000 of these structures. Today,
approximately 1,800 "diaolou" are still standing.
"diaolou" served two purposes, housing and protection against forays by
bandits. The Kaiping "diaolou" and villages were added to the list of
UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007.
This short escorted tour makes a wonderful short holiday from Hong Kong.
the places of interest are widely scattered and because there is
virtually no public transport available and little spoken English, by
far the best way to get around is with a car/coach and driver, in the
company of a guide who can lead you and tell you something about the
little known region of China has a number of spectacular buildings but
unfortunately not very much seems to have been documented regarding
their turbulent history. Much of the appeal of a day or so in his part
of China rests with the typical quiet and natural rural scenery.
peaceful life that the people who built these amazing structures were
looking for, unfortunately never eventuated. Impoverished local people,
in their desperate bid for survival, were reduced to banditry and
oldest existing “diaolou” is a World Cultural Heritage Site and it
stands in Sanmenli Village. It was built during the Ming Dynasty,
approximately 460 years ago.
When the 19
century arrived, many of Kaiping’s residents moved to Hong Kong in
search of a better life and many others moved to North America. Records
indicate that between 1925 and 1938 there were 140,000 Chinese in
America, most of whom came from this region of Guangdong Province.
of these individuals returned home with their hard-earned fortunes and
built these extraordinary structures which were both homes and
watchtowers. The unusual appearance of the buildings can be attributed
to the melding of traditional Chinese architecture, with both
contemporary and ancient Western architectural styles.
the wealthy returned to China, others who were desperate to survive,
preyed upon them and an increasing number of these fortified buildings
appeared. Some of the watchtowers functioned purely as fortified
structures where the village residents could store their belongings and
seek protection in the event of attack by bandits, whilst others were
privately owned watchtowers that only protected the inhabitants. These
were often lavishly decorated with colonnaded balconies, high above the
ground, where the occupants could catch the afternoon breezes.