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strange architecture of a remote place

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Kaiping, a city and municipality in Guangdong Province in south-eastern China, is famous for its quirky Diaolou architecture.

Diaolou are fortified multi-storied tower-like structures that integrate elements from both Western and Chinese architecture.

The origins of these buildings go back to communal watchtowers built by several families together, with each family being allocated a room to live in.

Most diaolou were built in the early 20th century by villagers working as coolies overseas. They were built to impress and incorporate architectural ideas they'd seen abroad, either in real life or on postcards.

Diaolou were approved as a national cultural heritage site in 2001 and were listed on the UNESCO World Heritage List in June 2007.

They surely are one of the more bizarre items on the UNESCO list!

This picture shows two diaolou towers in Zili, a small village in the fields around Kaiping. Here you can see (and visit) the largest collection of diaolou.

Strange town...

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