Start your private tour with pickup from your Guangzhou hotel, and settle inside your private, air-conditioned vehicle with your guide and driver.
Then, enjoy the views over the rural heartlands of Guangdong Province as you journey south toward the city and region of Kaiping, famous for the historical, UNESCO-listed watchtowers (diaolous) that punctuate its fields and woodlands.
The oldest of these multi-storied, castle-like houses date from between the 14th and the 17th centuries, and were built to stave off bandits and floods. Many also date from the end of the Qing dynasty and early 20th century, when many Chinese emigrants returned home here and built their towers with Western-style architectural features.
On arrival in Kaiping, pay a visit to the Kaiping Garden, also known as the Li Garden. This early-20th century garden was designed by a wealthy Chinese emigrant XieWei Li, and boasts a beautiful watchtower, villas, canals, and bridges. Stroll around the picturesque parklands to see their mix of Chinese- and European-inspired buildings, and highlights like a birdcage-shaped pavilion.
Next, travel to the village of Zili, home to a stunning collection of the watchtower houses, some of them constructed in the early 1900s. Stroll around the towers and view their interiors.
Having explored here, refuel with a traditional Chinese lunch at a local restaurant, and then continue to Chikan Old Town, known for its 1920s, Western-style architecture.
Chinese expats who arrived back here at this time built houses heavily influenced by Western architectural ideas. Admire the well-preserved arcades of the elegant buildings and terraces, and learn how Chikan has attracted many movie producers looking for period-style architecture as backdrops for their films.
Finally, drive back to Guangzhou where your trip concludes with a hotel drop-off.