A 70-YEAR-OLD watchtower with its interior covered with pages from English newspapers was found in Shijing Village, Zengcheng, the Guangzhou Daily reported Wednesday.
The newspapers were brought from Europe in the 1920s, the report said. Some of the newspapers were still legible. According to the pages, it was estimated that the newspapers were pieces in 1927. Hundreds of pieces of newspapers were used to cover about 65 square meters.
According to the villagers, the watchtower belonged to a family surnamed Liang. They called it "Liang's watchtower" or "newspaper watchtower".
The watchtower, with five floors and an 80-centimeter-thick wall, was built by an ancestor of Liangs, who had traveled to Europe on business. It was he who brought back the newspapers.
The watchtower was built in such a way that its interior would be cool during the summer and warm during the winter.
Captions: Some contents of the English newspapers are still readable nowadays.
A villager points to the watchtower built by the Liang family.