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Kaiping Diaolou and Villages
UNESCO World Heritage Site
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Ruishi Diaolou 瑞石樓 in Jinjiangli village
LocationKaiping, Guangdong, China
  1. Yinglong Lou (at Sanmenli Village)
  2. Zili Village and the Fang Clan Watch Tower
  3. Majianlong Village Cluster
  4. Jingjiangli Village
CriteriaCultural: (ii), (iii), (iv)
Inscription2007 (31st session)
Area372 ha (920 acres)
Buffer zone2,738 ha (6,770 acres)
Coordinates22°17′8″N 112°33′57″E / 22.28556°N 112.56583°E / 22.28556; 112.56583Coordinates: 22°17′8″N 112°33′57″E / 22.28556°N 112.56583°E / 22.28556; 112.56583
Diaolou is located in Guangdong
Location of Diaolou in Guangdong
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Diaolou is located in China
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Diaolou (simplified Chinese: 碉楼; traditional Chinese: 碉樓) formerly romanized as Clock Towers, are fortified multi-storey watchtowers in rural villages, generally made of reinforced concrete. These towers are located mainly in the Kaiping (开平) county of Jiangmen prefecture in Guangdong province, China.[1] In 2007, UNESCO designated the Kaiping Diaolou and Villages (Chinese: 开平碉楼与村落) a World Heritage Site, which covers four separate Kaiping village areas: Sanmenli (三门里), Zilicun (自力村), Jinjiangli (锦江里), and Majianglong village cluster (马降龙村落群).

  1. ^ Batto, Patricia R.S. (July–August 2006). "The Diaolou of Kaiping (1842-1937): Buildings for dangerous times". China Perspectives. Translated by Jonathan Hall. Retrieved 25 May 2017. ...the diaolou were built in the countryside, in villages and on the initiative of the peasants themselves. Contrary to normal expectations, thanks to emigration we can see a certain “cosmopolitanism” among the peasants in Kaiping... the diaolou are the epitome of overseas Chinese culture, embodied in stone.

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