Very close to the town of Kaiping there are a number of small villages and small houses that have been built by oversea Chinese during the beginning of the 20th century. Most buildings resemble the style of western or middle eastern culture mixed with traditional Chinese elements. Often there were designed to defend against bandits. The buildings have not been taken care of since, but the government started to restore and preserve them recently. Four of them (see below) have together been designated as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. The style of these buildings is often cheaply copied by many "modern" buildings throughout Guangdong. It is also the setting for China's highest grossing domestic film "Let the Bullets Fly" (让子弹飞) with Chow Yun-Fat. Please visit the website provided for directions as it is a very large and complex place to visit that will easily take an enitre day to see and possibly more.
The Yu Family Temple is a large traditional Chinese temple built in 1905 in honor of Yu Jing, a Song dynasty minister who moved to Guangdong in 1052 AD and is said to be the ancestor of all people with the last name Yu in the province. The Dihai area is known to have been the hometown of many overseas Chinese with the last name Yu, and the temple was recently restored with donations from their descendants now living all over the world. The temple is exquisitely decorated in traditional Chinese style and is the second largest temple in all of Guangdong.
The best preserved and renovated of all the villages and hosts a museum about overseas Chinese culture.
An inhabited village with many mansions build in the mixed western and eastern style of that period.
Serves western and Chinese food at a reasonable price.