Tuesday, September 15, 2009
Based on the pics I took and and my visit to my family's old house in a small village near Kaiping. The Toisan (Taishan) area in Guangdong is unique for its architectural style, called diaolous, or castle buildings. My family's village was part of that heritage. When many Chinese who left for the Americas returned, they built their homes with European elements infused into the style. The homes also proved useful during World War II, as their castle, fort-like structure proved to be a good defense against the Japanese invastion.