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Hakka tulou

Martin Tai , Dec 08, 2007; 12:28 a.m.

Interior of Chengqilou, know as the king of tulou (earth building) of Hakka community in southwestern district of Fujian province, China

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Another view of interior of Chengqilou

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The "king of tulou" Chengqilou, at Gaobei village, Gaotou township of Yongding county, Fujian province

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A group of tulou at Chuxi villiage,Xiayang township of Yongding county,Fujian

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The Tianluokeng tulou group at Tian Luo Keng (Snail Pit village), Shuyang township, Nanjing county, Fujian

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Martin Tai , Dec 08, 2007; 12:39 a.m.

Hakka tulou (listed UNESCO World Herigate tentative list as Fujain tulou is centuries old earth building of Hakka community in southwestern district of Fujian province, bording Guangdong. A typical tulou has a 6-8 feet thick wall constructed of rammed earth mixed with pebbles, glutoneous rice and bamboo. A tulou is essentially a fortress doubled as a community housing compound. Some larger tulou such as the king of tulou-Chengqilou has five rings of concentric circular buildings, with the outer ring 4 storey tall, inner rings 2 storey tall, surrounding a community hall at the center. Community meetings, wedding celebration or funeral rites are held in this center community hall<P>

The tulous are groupped in remote areas of southwestern Fujian. It took 4 hour car ride from Xiamen city to these sites.<P>

JDM von Weinberg , Dec 08, 2007; 01:06 a.m.

I'm glad you posted your shots. I do wish you had made them a little smaller for quicker loading, however.

Interesting stuff.

Alex S. , Dec 08, 2007; 03:06 a.m.

Amazing. Thanks for post, Martin.

Paul Neuthaler , Dec 08, 2007; 07:56 a.m.


Torben Daltoft , Dec 08, 2007; 07:13 p.m.

I suppose you used one of these green Fuji films?

Vincenzo Maielli , Dec 09, 2007; 04:41 a.m.

Thanks Martin, very fantastic shots. Not only Minox... Ciao.

Torben Daltoft , Dec 10, 2007; 12:19 a.m.

Actually, these shots are lousy! but the motifs are "interesting"

L DaSousa , Dec 10, 2007; 11:23 a.m.

I suppose you used one of these green Fuji films? Actually, these shots are lousy! but the motifs are "interesting"

Always when I read this forum I can depend there will be the same individuals throwing insults just to hear themselves.

Martin, if you know, what is the historical time of this construction? It reminds heavily of the Colosseum in Roma.

Constance Cook , Dec 10, 2007; 11:34 a.m.

Torben, in some areas your options for taking photos are restricted either by geography and/or community/country restrictions. These aren't 'lousy' for the purpose they were intended which is 'country documentary' and gives us a peek-in to a place almost none of us will ever visit.

Thank you, Martin, for taking the time and trouble to give us these very interesting photos and commentary. I am envious of your visit to this location.


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