Exploring China’s MaJianglong Cluster Village in Guangdong

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As part of the Kaiping Diaolou Tour in the Guangdong Province of China, we headed to MaJianglong, which is a cluster village within the Kaiping Diaolou range of World Heritage Sites. The Cluster village contains scattered towers and is situated deep in the countryside. The entire Kaiping Diaolou range are situated near the city of Kaiping in Guangdong Province of China.

Majianglong Diaolou Cluster in China

To get to the center, you can hire a car and drive yourself, go as part of a bus tour or hire a driver.  Majianglong is south west of the city of Kaiping firstly along the highway 325 and then on the smaller road which is the S275 and of course, bear in mind that all signposting is in Chinese.

Kaiping Diaolou ticket office

Once you get there your entry cost includes a motorised cart which takes you through the village and stops off at different points for you to get out and look around.

Kaipign Diaolou tour of Majianglong China

Majianglong: The Most Beautiful Village in the World

Majianglong village china kaiping diaolou

The Majianglong Diaolou Cluster is situated along the eastern coast of the Tanjiang River and are under the jurisdiction of the Baihe Township. This is actually an area composed of five villages which were established during the Qianlong period (1736 – 1795). The village of Majianglong is often pronounced “Ma Long” for short. The original name of the village was actually Fengsuilang which means “good harvest every year”, however since 1949 it has been known as “Majianglong” and a lot of the villagers emigrated to USA, Canada, Mexico and Australia.

Villa in Majianglong Village Kaiping Diaolou Cluster

Majianglong has seven Diaolou (the tower blocks) and eight Villas (smaller housing with less floors) and they were all built in the start of the 20th Century.

view over majinaglong village kaiping china

In 2001 the Majianglong Diaolou was designated by the state council as being a National Cultural Heritage Site. Then in 2007 UNESCO added Majianglong to its World Cultural Heritage List.

villas in majianglong china

Kaiping Diaolou ticket Majianglong

The ticket costs 180 RMB/Chinese Yuan per person, which includes one visit to each of the five main sites, of which Majianglong is one.

1. Tianlu Lu Tower

An elaborate 7 storey tower this one seems to be the focus and centrepiece of the village. While there is some information in English, the translation needed a bit of tweaking: The Tianlu Lu is a classic example of a communal tower in Kaiping, the most perfect representation of this genre. 29 households donated funds to build it, in 1925.

kaiping diaolou tour tianlu tower

It is built of reinforced concrete and is 7 storeys (21 metres) high. It occupies 105.5 square metres, and its built floor area is 488.12 square metres. On the lower five floors there are 29 tiny rooms, one for each household. In those days, men from all the donating households would go into the tower each night to keep a lookout for bandits. The sixth storey of the tower was left open for communal activity, and the top floor had a watch-turret.

2. Linlu Villa

Linlu Villa Majianglong

This Villa was built by Guan Dinglin in 1936 when he returned to China from Mexico. e went inside – it’s a three storey building and offers good views of the countryside.

3. Junlu Villa

This villa was built by Guan Chongjun on his return to China from Canada.

Junlu Villa Majianglong Village China

There are other villas that you can visit which are now open to the public.

Majianglong Village Junlu Villa

After seeing the villages of Chikan and Majianglong within the Kaiping Diaolou in China, we returned to the city of Kaiping for food and a night out and stayed in the Milan Hotel.

Here are some of my videos from Majianglong Cluster Village in Guangdong:

 

 

Jonny Scott Blair
Jonny Blair is a self confessed traveling nomad who founded and blogs at Don't Stop Living. He sees every day as an adventure. Since leaving behind his home town of Bangor in Northern Ireland ten years ago he has traveled to all seven continents, working his way through various jobs and funding it all with hard work and an appetite for travel. Don’t Stop Living, a lifestyle of travel' contains over 1,000 stories and tips from his journeys round the globe. He wants to show others how easy it is to travel the world, give them some ideas and encourage them to do the same but most of all he aims to constantly live a lifestyle of travel. He is currently based in Hong Kong and on Twitter @jonnyblair.
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