Kaiping Diaolou inscribed on World Heritage list

Updated: June 28, 2007 | Clicks: 1459

The Diaolou (watchtower house) of Kaiping, China, was inscribed Thursday World Heritage status by the 31st World Heritage Committee meeting in Christchurch, New Zealand.

The Diaolou of Kaiping thus became the 35th World heritage site, also the first of economically prominent South China's Guangdong province.

The Kaiping Diaolou, the unique residential and defensive buildings mainly seen in Guangdong's Kaiping, "blends Chinese and Western Architectural styles," said the World Heritage Committee.

Kaiping Diaolou were first built in late Ming Dynasty and were booming in early 1920s with the development of overseas Chinese.

There are a total of 1,833 diaolou in Kaiping, mixing the Chinese and Western styles and appearing in various forms. They are a unique historical and cultural scene that reflects the integration and development of multiple cultures in an area in a certain historical period.

Related reading: World Heritage sites in China

Source: xinhua news

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