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Daily life inside the tulou

 

"A tulou (土樓), or "earthen building", is a traditional communal residence found in Fujian Province South China, usually of a circular configuration surrounding a central shrine. These vernacular structures were occupied by clan groups......The noted Fujian Tulou, designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008....."

 

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日落时分,福建土楼

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Sunset, Tulou, Fujian, China. This series was from my trip to China in early 2018.

 

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This province is known for their Tulou - a traditional communal residence usually build in a circular configuration.

"A tulou (土樓), or "earthen building", is a traditional communal residence found in Fujian Province South China, usually of a circular configuration surrounding a central shrine. These vernacular structures were occupied by clan groups......The noted Fujian Tulou, designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008....."

 

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Fujian Tulou is the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwellings i would say, a total of 46 sites have been inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as world heritage site. These buildings are traditional, functional and simple in a harmonious relationship with their environment

 

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"A tulou (土樓), or "earthen building", is a traditional communal residence found in Fujian Province South China, usually of a circular configuration surrounding a central shrine. These vernacular structures were occupied by clan groups......The noted Fujian Tulou, designated as UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008....."

 

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Beautiful place for a weekend getaway, it is pack with tourists and locals - Nan Jing Tulou

Chuxi tulou cluster next to the river in Yongding county, Fujian province.

....back from my Backpacking expedition.......

 

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Fujian Tulou (simplified Chinese: 福建土楼; traditional Chinese: 福建土樓; pinyin: Fújiàn Tǔlóu) is "the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwelinngs"[1] of the Hakka and other people in the mountainous areas in southwestern Fujian, China. They are mostly built between the 12th to the 20th centuries.[2] Tulou is usually a large enclosed building, rectangular or circular in configuration, with a very thick weight supporting earth wall (up to 6 feet thick) and wooden skeletons, from three to five stories high, housing up to 80 families. These earth buildings usually have only one main gate, guarded by 4-5 inch thick wooden doors reinforced with an outer shell of iron plate. The top level of these earth buildings has gun holes for defense against bandits.

 

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Beautiful building in Hakka Tulou, Nan Jing, China

The beauty off Nan Jing Tulou, China

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Fujian Tulou is "the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwellings" of the Hakka and others in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian, China. They were mostly built between the 12th and the 20th centuries. They have been inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site, as "exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living and defensive organization in a harmonious relationship with their environment".

 

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My other photos of Tulou:

www.flickr.com/photos/87185166@N00/sets/72157625825141370...

Among the most astonishing dwelling where I slept : one of the round houses (Tulou) of Hakka in the Fujian Province (China) ! These huge buildings - built between the 12th and the 20th century - can be round or square shaped. Communities of up to 1000 people can live in the biggest of them : they are real one-building villages !

 

Most of these sites are now part of the UNESCO World Heritage.

 

In addition to the fascinating country and landscapes where these Tulou were erected, they are also really charming by their strong esthetical potential. I especially like the alignment of the traditional red lanterns.

 

Interesting fact : some guide told us that when the CIA agents discovered the Tulou on satellite photos, they firstly thought they were missile silos.

I was lucky to be given access to the upper floors...but the light intensity was so demanding. You can see more in my BobBook here

 

www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/journey-tulou

Fujian Tulou: A Living Architecture

 

Mamiya C330 F

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Fuji Provia 100F

 

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The picture shows the interior of one of the most famous hakka tulou in Fujian province, China. The name is Chengqi Lou.

This one had only one family living in it. Seems they are less and less people living in the tulou's these days compared to 5 years ago when I first visited them.

Fujian Tulou have been inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.

 

For more details: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujian_Tulou

Tulou, Yunshuiyao, Fujian, China.

stitched of course. You can see more in my BobBook here

 

www.bobbooks.co.uk/bookshop/journey-tulou

Fujian Tulou: A Living Architecture

 

Mamiya C330 F

Mamiya-Sekor S 80mm F/2.8

Fuji Provia 100F

 

View on Black: click here

The Hakka have inhabited Yongding and its neighbouring villages for hundreds of years. During the Jin dynasty (AD 265-314) the Hakka people of Northwest China began a gradual migration south to escape persecution and famine. They eventually settled in Fujian, Jiangxi and Guangdong, where they built the tulou to protect themselves from bandits and wild animals. (Lonely Planet - China).

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Tulou Night View with colorful sky. Tulou is the most extraordinary type of Chinese rural dwellings of the Hakka and others in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian, China. This series was from my freelance travel project in China in early 2018.

 

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Earthen houses represent a vernacular architecture specific to Jiangxi, Fujian and Guangdong provinces following the flow of the Hakka people from central China to the South. As most Hakka resided in mountains, communal houses made of compacted earth were built to provide protection against bandits and wild animals. The older examples of this style of construction consist of interior buildings enclosed by huge peripheral ones holding hundreds of rooms and dwellers. With all the halls, storehouses, wells and bedrooms inside, the huge towerlike building functions almost as a small fortified city. Earthen houses are made of earth, stone, bamboo and wood, all readily available materials. After constructing the walls with rammed earth, branches, strips of wood and bamboo chips were laid in the wall as "bones" to reinforce it. The end result is a well lit, well-ventilated, windproof, quakeproof building that is warm in winter and cool in summer.

 

Over twenty thousand of these houses still stand today, ten of which are over 600 years old. The oldest one, “Fu Xing Lou” in Hu Le town, was constructed over 1,200 years ago and is regarded as a “living fossil” of the construction style of central China. The tulou located at the border of Yongding County and Nanjing County is the perfect example of this style of construction and it is here that there are most earthen houses. Most of the nominated properties are located in this area.

 

FuJian Tulou cluster , China 福建 土樓 -- Wiki

Fujian Tulou 福建土樓 2011

Fujian Tulou: A Living Architecture

 

Mamiya C330 F

Mamiya-Sekor S 80mm F/2.8

Fuji Provia 100F

 

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a circular "Tulou" communal dwelling in the Eryi tulou cluster, Hua'an county, Fujian province, China. These inward-looking stone fortress-like buildings were built by the Hakka communities in southern China for protection from bandits and wild animals. The US first saw them in satellite photos and mistook them for missile silos.

Tianluokeng tulou cluster (田螺坑土楼群) is one of the better known Fujian Tulou cluster. It is located in Fujian province, Zhangzhou City, Nanjing County, Shuyang Township, Tian Luo Keng Village (literally "Snail Pit" Village) in southern China.

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