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Jinjiangli 锦江里: Home to the Majestic Ruishilou 瑞石楼: The most beautiful Diaolou building

Jinjiangli 锦江里

Home to the Majestic Ruishilou 瑞石楼

The most beautiful Diaolou building

Ruishilou / 瑞石楼 in Jinjiangli 锦江里

Ruishilou / 瑞石楼 in Jinjiangli 锦江里

See all previous Diaolou articles

  1. Kaiping and the Diaolou / 开平雕楼
  2. Sanmenli Diaolou / 三门里
  3. Liyuan Diaolou / 立园
  4.  Zili / 自立
  5.  Majianglong / 马降龙
  6.  Jinjiangli / 锦江里

Last but not least, JinJiangli 锦江里. The village of Jinjiangli is the furthest Diaolou Cluster from Kaiping and is home to what many believe to be the most spectacular Diaolou building: the Ruishilou 瑞石楼.

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Ruishilou 瑞石楼 in Jinjiangli 锦江里

With its unmistakable Indian Raj design, pillars and colourful decorations, the Ruishilou seems from the distance to be a part of Mughal India dumped in the middle of a classical southern Chinese landcsape; it really is an extraordinary sight as you approach the village and this imperial looking building comes into view, looming over the rice paddies.

 Jinjiangli 锦江里

Jinjiangli 锦江里

However, Jinjiangli is more than just one Diaolou. There are several other splendid [Read more →]

Majianglong 马降龙: The most beautiful village in China???

Majianglong 马降龙

Kaiping / Guangdong Province

Majianglong 马降龙

Majianglong 马降龙  is a must when exploring the Diaolou in the Kaiping region. The local tourist propaganda calls it the most beautiful village in China and one of the 50 places that can’t be missed. Heard that one before? Actually, while I’d take some of the hype with a pinch of salt, Majianglong is undoubtedly very pretty and makes for a fascinating visit.

Majianglong 马降龙

Majianglong is not one village, but a collection of 5 small hamlets: Yong’an永安, Nan’an 南安, Qinglin庆临, Hedong河东 and Longjiang龙江,linked together by bamboo- shaded stone paths along the shores of the Tanjiang River 潭江.

Majianglong 马降龙

The buildings in Majianglong are sturdy, grey- brick constructions with beautiful roofs and lovely paintings above and around the doorways, showing scenes from classical China: beautiful maidens, song birds, flower arrangements, etc. The vernacular buildings mostly date from the Qing dynasty, while the Diaolou are early Chinese Republic edifices.

Majianglong 马降龙

Obviously, the number one activity around here is ‘spot the Diaolou’ (Click here for a definition of a Diaolou). Given that these are rather tall buildings, you’d be surprised how challenging this can be. Many are hidden by the dense vegetation and the tall, swaying bamboo trees, or concealed down blind alleys.

Majianglong 马降龙

The best way to get your bearings is to climb to the [Read more →]