The Kaiping “Diaolou” and Villages are located in Kaiping City in the Guangdong Province of China. The Diaolou are multi-story towers built to serve as watchtowers to protect Kaiping’s residents against intrusion. The Diaolou were originally built in the 16th century, though they were continued to be built through the 1920s and 1930s when they reached their peak, with more than 3,000 Diaolou scattered throughout the Kaiping area. Approximately 1,830 well-preserved Diaolou remain today.
The Kaiping Diaolou and Villages were approved as a national cultural heritage site in 2001, and were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in 2007, included on the list for the incorporation of the natural and cultural landscape and integration of western and Chinese architectural styles. They are an excellent place to visit as there are still many diaolou to explore and taken in with the surrounding villages.