Kaiping

Kaiping (开平: Kāipíng) is a city of about 700,000 in the Pearl River Delta region of Guangdong Province in China. It falls under the administration of Jiangmen and is famous for its castle-like dwellings built by overseas Chinese in a mixure of western and eastern style.

Get in

From Guangzhou it is easiest to take a bus from Fangcun bus station (芳村汽车站) at Kengkou Metro Station. The ride takes about 2 hours and should cost ¥57.

From Hong Kong, you can take a 'limousine' bus from Portland street (on your left when you exit Prince Edward metro station on exit C2). As of January 2010, these comfy buses leave at 8:30, 14:00, 15:30 and 19:00. You will pass through Shenzhen border station, where you need to get off the bus and walk across customs with your luggage (save time by asking the bus attendant for the silly health form you have to submit there, so you can fill it out in advance). Total journey to Yicizhan should take about 4 hours and cost ¥130.

From Macau, take the border crossing to Zhuhai and then find a bus station around 100m to the right along the main road after you exit the border control building. The ride to Kaiping should take a little more than 2 hours and cost ¥70.

Get around

Kaiping has two long distance bus stations, Yicizhan (义祠站) and Changshazongzhan (长沙总站). The former is more modern and is most likely the starting point for your journey into the surrounding villages of Kaiping town. Kaiping itself has bus lines numbered from 1 to 8. Number 1 connects the two major bus stations and passes the city center.

Talk

The language of Kaiping is a variant of Cantonese known as Kaipingnese (99% similar to the local language of Taishan so the outside world categorizes it as Taishanese), which is only marginally mutually intelligible with standard Cantonese. However, as Cantonese is the lingua franca of Guangdong province, most locals will be able to speak and understand standard Cantonese. Mandarin is the primary language of instruction in all schools so most younger individuals would also be reasonably fluent in it.

See

Some of the Kaiping Dialou
Yu Family Temple

Diaolou sightseeing

The four designated UNESCO World Heritage Sites with diaolou architecture are

Also of interest are Liyuan (立园) mentioned above (a group of neoclassical and baroque buildings with Chinese ornamental roofs in an elegant garden), the riverside promenade in Chikan (赤坎古镇影视城) and the leaning diaolou in Nanxing village (南兴村) of Xiangang township (蚬冈镇). All are located within roughly 20km of Kaiping city center.

For those interested in diaolou architecture, it may be a good idea to look for accommodations in one of the small townships surrounding Kaiping. (Kaiping itself is a fairly standard modern Chinese town.) Xiangang (蚬冈镇), for example, has entire small streets fitted with baroque-like facades cast in concrete.

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