Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Kaiping: take two

Note to self, do not go anywhere in China on a national holiday. Last year, Kaiping....took many many hours to get there, was met by and overwhelming amount of people.

This time...relaxing exploring around the diaolou's in the company of friends. Hardly a soul around. For those planning a day trip from Guangzhou, hire a car and driver. It cost us 250 RMB each and it was worth every mao. 

Where to go? 

Zilicun - rice paddies

The place everybody goes. No doubt that it is beautiful - set around rice paddies and gardens. Draws big crowds though so get in early before the busses roll in.

Chikan - water

The main town. Interesting for a 45 minute wander around (and a good spot for a picnic by the canal), but this town is a bit scruffy around the edges, and not in a way that would draw you back for future visits.

Jinjiangli - biggest

Jinjiangli really was both the biggest and the best. Just that bit further away from the main sites that you avoid the tourist buses and can wander around the laneways, gazing up at some beautiful diaolou's (and if you're lucky) framed by a bright blue sky.

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