Join fitness expert Ruben Chang and veteran Cantonese television host Little Ma on this special episode of Canton Today, part of the‘Chinese Americans Tracing Roots in Guangdong' series, as they seek out the ‘macho man’of the architectural world: the Kaiping watchtowers.
Kaiping watchtowers are the most representative castle-like houses of Guangdong's Kaiping area. They are known for their harmonious fusion of Chinese and Western architectural styles.
These multifunctional dwellings were built in the area by overseas Chinese for their families not just to provide shelter, but also to provide protection.
Ruben soon realizes that all of the Kaiping watchtowers have one thing in common: their outer walls are as solid as his biceps!
These are not your typical, humble homes by the way. They house valuable treasures and are extremely roomy, usually with not just one, two, or three floors, but a whopping four or more stories! Room for the entire family!
The interior designs and furniture also clearly display the wealth of families that once resided in them. We bet there are a lot of real estate agents out there who would love to be in charge of putting these babies on the market!
Both Ruben and Little Ma discover that the overseas Chinese from Kaiping were the true pioneers of cultural integration in China. Just look at these Western-style decorations...!
Oh, and before we finish, what would a tour of Kaiping be without a rooftop dance between the dashing Ruben and the stunningly-beautiful Little Ma? Just don't let Big Ha know...