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>