Joshua Cawthorpe sat down with Rocky Deng to talk about his project, which has become much more than just an accommodation.
Families who’ve lived in old Chinese town for generations being kicked out to make way for tourists; He Huifeng; South China Morning Post
6 billion yuan project will turn picturesque Chikan, close to World Heritage-listed Kaiping diaolous, into historical theme park.
Close to 4,000 households are being forced out of a centuries-old town on the western edge of the Pearl River Delta by their local government, which has teamed up with an investment firm to turn it into a tourist attraction.
It’s not what the residents of Chikan’s old town expected when the nearby Kaiping diaolous – fortified, multi-storey dwellings – were put on the World Heritage List by Unesco in 2007.
The riverfront town – known, like the diaolous, for a unique blend of Western and Chinese architectural styles – was eerily quiet last month, with seven residents telling the South China Morning Post the local government had disrupted roads and blocked bridges to encourage people to accept compensation payments and leave.
How Chinese gold miners helped build New Zealand and how discrimination drove them away; Mark Andrews; South China Morning Post
Late-19th-century Chinese migrants working New Zealand’s gold fields contributed considerably to the development of the island nation, but they earned resentment as well as riches, and little evidence of their presence remains.
The peace among the lotus-filled ponds of Zili village is shattered by a cacophony of quacking ducks. The verdant countryside near Kaiping city, in China’s southern Guangdong province, is largely deserted. The younger generation have gone to the burgeoning towns and cities of the Pearl River Delta in search of their fortune. About 150 years ago, the exodus was overseas.
Nine diaolou buildings and six Western-style villas built by those who struck it rich are now protected by their status as Unesco World Heritage Sites.