Saturday, September 10, 2011

Diaolou

An abandoned diaolou (source).

In the Kaiping County in the southern Chinese province of Guangdong more than 1800 defense towers called Dialou are standing, often in rural areas. They were build from the 14th century up to the 1930s and were mend as defense structures against riots, rebellions and bandits.

The Ruishi Diaolou was build in 1921 and features a Byzantine style roof (source).

In 2007 the Diaolou were inscribed on the UNESCO World Heritage list.


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5 comments:

  1. How interesting that so many of these were built. Were they in the villages or were they some sort of border protection I wonder.

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  2. Ha Rob, Ik kan nergens een email adres vinden, dus maar hier.. ik zag die fantastische daguerrotype op je blog van die vrouw met dat donkere, half opgestoken haar (helemaal onderaan). Heb je er bezwaar tegen als ik dat plaatje gebruik in een van mijn digitale collages? Ze heeft zo'n mooie, onschuldige blik in haar ogen. Mail je me even terug? kitty@kittykilian.nl Dank! Kitty

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  3. No, they were (are) often located in the middle of rural area. Their function was not to protect the border, but to protect ones family. I had never heard of these fascinating buildings before.

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  4. Hoi Kitty. Dat is inderdaad ook mijn favoriet! Als je de afbeelding wilt gebruiken dan kan dat. Graag zelfs, ik vind het een fijn idee als ze niet in de vergetelheid raakt!

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  5. Rob, these are fascinating! China is such a remarkable country. I had never seen or heard of these before. Thanks for posting these photos.

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