Towers of Dreams

Another essay by me, from Singapore Airline's magazine, Silverkris. The editors asked me, Pico Iyer and two other writers to talk about our favorite travel discovery of 2009. I didn't have to think about that for very long: I chose to write about the wonderous, mostly abandoned Chinese towers, or diaolou, that dot the rice fields and farms of Guangdong Province. The diaolou, recently added to the list of worldwide UNESCO heritage sites, knocked me for a loop when I went there with my friend Ping and his sisters last winter. So much so that I had to go back a second time, just to see them again. Get there soon, before the Chinese local tourism machine rolls over them.

Here's my Silverkris Magazine article, with some additional pictures from me after the jump:

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