The Watch Towers of Kaiping 3 days / 2 Nights
Singles Travel Club The Watch Towers of Kaiping – Three Days / Four Nights Itinerary
Destination: Kaiping Zhongshan China
Departure: Friday evening, November 23 2018
Returning: Sunday, November 25 2018
Price: $5500.00 for a double room and a supplement of $880.00 for a single room
Include 4 Stars accommodation for three nights, full board, English speaking guide, private van for our group, admission fees, and insurance. Please book your own return flight to arrive on Friday
Last Day to Register: November 7 2018
Includes 4 Stars accommodation for three nights, full board, English speaking guide, private van for our group, admission fees, and insurance.
Day One – Fri November 23
Hong Kong > Kaiping
– Meeting place: China Ferry Terminal
– Depart Hong Kong by Ferry for Zhongshan
– Met on arrival at the Ferry Pier and proceed to the Jiangmen Wuyi Museum of Overseas Chinese. The Museum provides an excellent introduction to the sites you will be visiting.
– Continue to Kaiping and visit the Fengcai Hall, a striking building and ancestral hall of the Yee Clan. It was constructed between 1906 and 1914 and is now part of a school. The structure is an unusual melding of traditional Chinese architecture with numerous Western influences.
– Check in at the hotel and the remainder of the day is at leisure.
– Hotel: Pan Tower International Hotel
Day Two – Sat November 24
Kaiping > Li Garden > Zili Village > Sanmenli Village > Kaiping
– Our first site today is the Li Garden, located in Beiyi Xiang. It was constructed in 1936 by Mr. Xie Weili, a Chinese emigrant to the United States.
– The Li Garden occupies 11, 000 square metres with artificial waterways, bridges, pavilions and corridors. There are several yellow brick blue-tiled buildings in the garden, which demonstrate the fusion of western and Chinese designs, and the gardens flourish with a variety of flora, including the Chinese redbud, kapok, cypress and other precious flowers and plants.
– Continue to beautiful Zili Village for lunch. Another World Cultural Heritage Site, this is a particularly beautiful place with numerous “diaolou” in a rural setting of ponds and pathways. It is wonderful to merely stroll at this location. It is especially photogenic. Zili Village is also very popular with painters. There is a very good history exhibition in addition to the are four “house museums” open to the public.
– At Sanmenli Village, another World Cultural Heritage Site, visit the oldest existing “diaolou”. It was built during the Ming Dynasty, 460 years ago.
Day Three – Sunday November 25
Kaiping > Kai Yuan Tower > Majianglong Village > Jinjiangli > Hong Kong
– The day commences with a visit to the Kai Yuan Tower. Built by a wealthy local official appointed by the Qing emporer, in a prominent position overlooking the river, the objective was to constantly attract the attention of local youths. This was because none of them had so far succeeded in the Qing dynasty’s examination system. The tower was intended to be an encouragement to work hard and achieve good results.
– Continue to Majianglong Village, a World Cultural Heritage Site. Stroll through the bamboo forest and see some of the seven diaolou and eight villas that were constructed in the early 20th century. Many of the villagers emigrated to the United States, Canada, Mexico and Australia. This is a very quiet and beautiful environment and two of the villas, which are open to the public, retain their original furniture from prior to the Cultural Revolution.
– At Jinjianli Village, also a World Cultural Heritage Site, see several of the most ornate and impressive “diaolou” in Kaiping. Stroll along the narrow alleyways, between the ancient buildings and admire expansive views over the countryside from the upper floors.
– Transfer to Zhongshan Ferry Pier.
– Return to Hong Kong aboard high speed ferry.