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Curving Roofs

Yong Ding area, Fujian, China

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Tulou dwellings built by the Hakka people.

In Chinese 'tu' means earth or native, 'lou' means building

 

These 3-400 year old handmade earthen dwellings each hold about 30 to 40 families, all relatives. The dwellings are 3, 4 or 5 stories tall and all wooden inside. The ground floor of the exterior wall is for cooking, housing small animals like ducks and chickens, and eating. The next floor is all small storage rooms. The floors above are bedrooms. Each family has one "slice" of the building and their space is made of a room on each floor, stacked atop each other. There are more structures in the center of the circle or square. More photos follow.

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Taken on February 3, 2006