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Kaiping

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Kaiping is a county-level city in Guangdong province, China. It is located in the Pearl River Delta and is part of the Greater Jiangmen Region, the ancestral homeland of many overseas Chinese. It has a population of 680,000 as of 2003 and an area of. The locals speak a variant of the Taishan dialect. Kaiping is one of the homeland of overseas Chinese of Taishanese people and Chinese Americans.AdministrationAdministratively, Kaiping City is under the jurisdiction of Jiangmen. It was set up as a city in 1993.GeographyKaiping City is located away from Guangzhou, in the southwestern part of the Pearl River Delta. Kaiping consists of three port cities: Changsha, Xinchang, and Dihai.SightsKaiping Diaolous are fortified multi-storey towers which were constructed in the Kaiping area from the early Qing Dynasty, reaching a peak in the 1920s and 1930s, when there were more than three thousand of these structures. Today, approximately 1,800 diaolou are still standing. The diaolou served two purposes: housing and protecting against forays by bandits. The Kaiping diaolou and villages were added to the list of UNESCO World Heritage Sites in 2007. 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. As a consequence, several watchtowers incorporate architectural features from China and the West.
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