By Mark Andrews
Serendib – SriLankan Airlines. March 2015
Situated around an hour and a half away from Guangzhou by car or bus, it is the only World Heritage site in Guangdong Province.
An easily accessible area of countryside, it makes an ideal day trip or overnight stopover. UNESCO inscribed Kaiping in 2007 because of the tower like structures, known as diaolou, which litter the surrounding countryside. At one time they numbered as many as 3,000 but at the last count there were 1,833 of what today appear to be follies. Twenty buildings are inscribed in the four villages of Sanmenli, Zili, Majianlong, and Jinjiangli.
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