The Watchtower ~ China

A creepy looking watchtower with Chinese architecture in Zhuhai, China.


Last year I went to visit China around the South coast. We spent a weekend together in Zhuhai, a prefecture-level city bordering Macau.

Zhuhai is in the province of Guangdong, in the Pearl river delta. It is a popular touristic place for the Chinese and is often called the “Chinese Riviera“.

We went walking on the waterfront promenade for a few shots. The weather was overcast but it was a pleasant day. I liked the city, it is quite green (as in lots of trees), clean, not crowded and laid back.

On the promenade was this abandoned Chinese-style watchtower overlooking the sea. It was the first time I have seen this kind of architecture for a building like this. The rusty bridge, the broken windows, the murky water and rocks below and the overcast weather gave it a creepy atmosphere. It could be a good setting for a horror movie with the final scene against the bad psychopath inside.

The Watchtower

“Scream all you want, no lifeguards will save you”


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What an atmosphere!


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Beautiful photo, the sky is revolving around the top of the tower!

Vega Club

what you remind me now…..with this post….i have been there in 2006 with 2 people i loved as much in my life…..but now not still with me….

thank you

Gregory Dunn

Photos looks good, will you get a chance to go anywhere else in china? Missing a lot of amazing places to photo

Daniel Nahabedian

Thanks Gregory.
So far, no plans to go back to China yet. I’ve relocated back to Europe now :)