7 Awesome Things to Do in Kaiping, Guangdong, China
Discover 7 awesome things to do in Kaiping. Kaiping is a city in the province of Guangdong in China.
It is probably most famous for the Kaiping towers, but as I discovered, there are lots more awesome things to do in Kaiping also.
This post of awesome things to do in Kaiping also includes information on cheap accommodation in Kaiping, directions in and around Kaiping, and lots of other useful information on how to survive travel in Kaiping.
Ok, here it is. My list of 7 awesome things to do in Kaiping, Guangdong, China.
7 Awesome Things To Do in Kaiping
1. Kaiping Fortress Towers
The first thing on my list of awesome things to do in Kaiping is the reason I went to Kaiping in the first place… to see the Kaiping Fortress Towers, a.k.a, the Kaiping Diaolou (开平 碉樓) aka the Kaiping Watchtowers.
The Kaiping Diaolou (开平 碉樓) (Fortress Towers/Watchtowers) are a UNESCO world heritage site, originally constructed during the Qing Dynasty for housing and protection against bandits. Today there are approximately 1800 of the 3000+ Kaiping Fortress towers still standing.
I guess it is possible to see the Kaiping Fortress Towers as a day trip from Guangzhou, but it’s much more relaxed if you stay a night. We arrived in the afternoon and found a hotel. Looked around Kaiping for the rest of the day, then in the morning, checked out and left our baggage at YiCi bus station (about 5-10rmb). Then we spent the day exploring Chikan and the fortress towers, before catching the afternoon bus back to Shunde.
Getting to the Kaiping Fortress Towers.
a.k.a. Kaiping Diaolou (开平 碉樓) a.k.a. Kaiping Watchtowers
From where-ever you are coming from, you will most likely get dropped off at the Yi Ci bus station 义祠站 in Kaiping (at least we did). From there catch the #13 bus towards Jin Ji 金鸡. How far you go is up to you. You can see lots of the towers along this line.
Getting to the Kaiping Fortress Towers – JinJiang Daliao Cluster
a.k.a. Kaiping Diaolou (开平 碉樓) a.k.a. Kaiping Watchtowers
The JinJiangLi Daliao cluster is about 15mins past Chikan. You will go over a long(ish) bridge and then a smaller one. On your right you see the sign for JinJiangLi village, then a sign for the towers. Get off the bus and walk to them.
It will probably take about 30 minutes to walk to them, but this is just a guess. I think these are the ones that cost 80rmb to see, but that too is just a guess.
2. Jin Ji
If you go all the way to Jin Ji it will cost 8rmb and takes about an hour, but there isn’t much going on there except a small market down the road from the bus station. Maybe this doesn’t belong on this list of awesome things to do in Kaiping, but it’s here now.
Chikan 赤砍 is a historical town which is nice to walk around. There is a cool riverside market, some cheap places to eat and a movie set, where some famous Chinese movies were filmed. I didn’t know about it until we went past it in the bus, but it definitely deserves a spot on this list of awesome things to do in Kaiping.
Getting to Chikan
There are a few different buses leaving from the Yi Ci bus station to go to Chikan, including the #13 to Jin Ji. It takes about 30minutes from Yi Ci, and costs 3rmb to get there.
4. Kaiping Night Market
I wasn’t expecting much from Kaiping except the Fortress Towers, but there’s lots of good food to eat and a pretty good night market.
How To Get to the Kaiping Night Market
From the YiCi bus station, catch the #1 or #7 bus to the city.
The bus stop before the hotel stop is Gou Wu Jie Bei 购物街北 and it is a pedestrian street. It’s about a 10 minute walk from the hotel. Late afternoon it becomes a decent night market selling lots of snacks, clothes, electronics, jewellery, etc.
5. Blind Massage
To get a massage in Kaiping, walk from the hotel to the pedestrian street. On the right hand side of the road is a massage place which advertised 35rmb for a foot massage. We didn’t go here but it seems like a pretty good deal.
Where to Get a Blind Massage in Kaiping
To get a blind massage in Kaiping, go to the pedestrian street and walk all the way to the end, then walk to the river and turn right. Walk a block or two (or maybe three) past the ABC (Agricultural Bank of China). Keep looking to your right, down the streets, and when you see the sign pictured below, go to it. It is blind massage and costs 50rmb per hour for a full body massage. It’s really good.
6. Eat Lots of Good Food
Kaiping has a lot of good and cheap ‘street’ food and this was a favorite of my awesome things to do in Kaiping.
As you walk from the pedestrian street to the hotel, on your right there is a place that sells dumplings/dim sum (yum cha)/bao zi. Delicious and cheap. Next door to that is a noodle house which we didn’t try but looked popular.
Across the road from the Bank of China (near the hotel) there is a noodle place on the corner. As you face it, go to the lady on the right and choose three types of meat and the type of noodle you want. She will give you a peg with a number on it. They will call out your number (in Cantonese) and then they will deliver your noodle soup. It costs 7rmb per bowl.
7. Shopping in Kaiping
The last thing on my list of awesome things to do in Kaiping is to go shopping.
Besides the night market, there are a few shopping plazas scattered around Kaiping. Walk around or catch a bus around and you’ll see them. I didn’t go into any of them so can’t really comment.
When you come out of the street that the hotel is on, instead of turning right towards the pedestrian street, turn left. Just up the road is a shopping plaza.
Other Useful Information About Kaiping, Guangdong
Here’s some other useful information about surviving travel in Kaiping, Guangdong.
Getting to Kaiping, Guangdong, China
Most people getting to Kaiping 开平 will want to come from Guangzhou. I read on the internet that you can catch a bus from the Fengcun Coach station next to the Kenghou metro station and the journey takes about two hours. Cost is about 60rmb.
Getting to Kaiping from Shunde, Foshan
Getting to Kaiping from Shunde, Foshan is very easy. You can get a direct bus from the bus station in Da Liang. I think it also goes by the one in Ronggui. It costs 48rmb and takes 2 to 2.5 hours.
Cheap Accommodation in Kaiping, Guangdong, China
If you need cheap accommodation in Kaiping, we managed to find a nice, cheap and comfortable place in a good location. I can’t remember the name of it but here are directions.
From the YiCi bus station, catch the #1 or #7 bus to the city. It costs 2rmb. In about 5 or 6 stops, get off at Xing Fu Lu 幸福路.
Walk in the same direction as the bus was going towards the Bank of China. When you see the sign (pictured), turn left at the street before it. You will see the sign down this road. It is a hotel. 100rmb/night is the cheapest room. It had a Chinese toilet inside the shower, but the showers water pressure was awesome. Good location, good price, comfortable hotel and not noisy.
Got anything to add to this list of awesome things to do in Kaiping? Let us know them (or anything else you want to say) in the comments 😀 .