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Kaiping Diaolou

Kaiping is a city in Guangdong region which is now considered UNESCO world heritage because of its peculiar architecture the diaolou. These buildings, built in the 19th-20th centuries by overseas locals, 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. These building are unique as they represent a mix between local style and western architecture with gothic, romans or baroque details. 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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