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Official Unesco Page
Unesco World heritage since: 2007
Size of heritage: 372 ha
- Buffer zone: 2,738 ha
Kaiping Diaolou and Villages feature the Diaolou, multi-storeyed defensive village houses in Kaiping, which display a complex and flamboyant fusion of Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. They reflect the significant role of émigré Kaiping people in the development of several countries in South Asia, Australasia and North America, during the late 19th and early 20th centuries. There are four groups of Diaolou and twenty of the most symbolic ones are inscribed on the List. These buildings take three forms: communal towers built by several families and used as temporary refuge, residential towers built by individual rich families and used as fortified residences, and watch towers. Built of stone, pise , brick or concrete, these buildings represent a complex and confident fusion between Chinese and Western architectural styles. Retaining a harmonious relationship with the surrounding landscape, the Diaolou testify to the final flowering of local building traditions that started in the Ming period in response to local banditry.
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Medium airport - 55 mi (90 km) Macau International Airport
Large airport - 66 mi (107 km) Shenzhen Bao'an International Airport
Large airport - 83 mi (134 km) Chek Lap Kok International Airport
Large airport - 86 mi (139 km) Guangzhou Baiyun International Airport
Large airport - 90 mi (145 km) Changzhoudao Airport
Small airport - 117 mi (188 km) Zhanjiang Airport
Medium airport - 160 mi (258 km) Haikou Meilan International Airport
Large airport - 212 mi (341 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.