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Old 04-16-2008, 08:16 PM
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>>> Fortified watchtowers in Kaiping (World Heritage) <<<

The diaolou or fortified watchtowers found in Kaiping, Guangdong Province, were first constructed in the early Qing dynasty (1644~1912). They reached their peak in the 1920s and 1930s when there were estimated to be more than three thousand of these structures and according to a recent survey carried out by the Kaiping City Government, there are over 1800 diaolou still standing.

Since the fourteenth century, Kaiping has traditionally been a region of major emigration abroad, and a melting pot of ideas and trends brought back by overseas Chinese made good. This is also reflected in the plethora of influences seen in the architectural styles of the watchtowers, with the interesting feature that western details are produced with local bricks and materials.

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absolutely fantastic stanley.....
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awesome high-contrast B&W with great composition! well done!
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Fantastic shots...i wonder how they look like without the high contrast makeover?
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