Tulou de Fujian
Tulou de Fujian
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KodoDrummer
Buenos Aires, Argentina70,599 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2020
Beautiful, well thought out living compounds of southeastern Fujian Province. They were built between the 12th and 20th centuries. Thus, this design proved its worth and benefits over 800 years.
Written 27 September 2020
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FlyfishermanBeijing
Beijing, China278 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2020
As a buildings, tulou (earth building) is very interesting, i specially enjoy to see how people still live that kind of buildings. Oldest tulou is about 800 years old and still standing. Reach tulous as a foreigner is not so easy, currently you need join some group or hire car to get there. It took more than 2 hours by car from Xianmen airport.
Written 18 June 2020
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DeborahClarkson
Hamilton, New Zealand213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Couples
The setting of this tulou cluster is spectacular. It sits on the side of a hill that's covered with fruit trees and terraces. We visited with the tourist bus from the tourist centre. The driver left us off above the village so we could take pictures from above. We then walked through the village and looked in the tulou and walked to the bus stop that is at the village exit. The scenery is amazing here. The next stop after this village was the Yuchang tulou.
Written 28 December 2018
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Itravel0ne
Kota Kinabalu, Malaysia2,395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2018 • Friends
This is a world heritage site of Hakka house, known as Tulou or earthly building. As the village consists of 4 round buildings with a square building in the middle, it is appropriately call 4 dishes 1 soup. The one and only in the world. First you have the bird eye view from the top. Then you descend through the concrete stairs to enter into the center of one of the round buildings. Amazing architect when you consider how they managed to build it without any machinery hundred of years ago. The main purpose of the design is protection against invasion which resemble a fortified city. A total of 46 Fujian tulou sites were inscribed in 2008 by UNESCO as World Heritage Site.
Written 14 December 2018
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Stephalopogous
United States240 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Not many people know about the Tulous, gigantic multistory well-fortified fortresses in Fujian province, made by the Hakka and Minnan minority peoples from a mixture of mud, glutinous rice, bamboo and wood chips. There are over 30,000 of them still intact! Their shapes range from circular to square and have housed hundreds of people for centuries, some are even over seven hundred years old!

The Tulous went relatively unnoticed by the world until the Cold War when US satellites picked up on these missile silo-looking buildings dotting the Chinese countryside. Of course, we had to check it out in case there were nuclear bombs being built. Since then, these buildings have gained popularity for being architectural marvels. In 2008, UNESCO declared them to be a World Heritage Site!

We decided on the Tianluokeng (four dishes and one soup) cluster as we heard that it is most picturesque to visit. We took the train to Nanjing County, Fujian (not to be confuse with the city of Nanjing in Jiangsu Province) and road a bus over to Yushuiyao where we were staying in a Chinese homestay since all the Tulou rooms were booked. Each Tulou is still very much lived in by multiple generations and some let you rent a room in them. On your visit, you can also sample their locally grown tea or even have a home cooked meal inside them!

Be prepared that if you go at it alone like we did, without a tour group, that it is not a short, easy journey! I think it took us over three hours to actually get there and then figure out our tickets and have our homestay pick us up. Even though traveling here is a hassle, it's worth it to see and experience these historic buildings.
Written 18 July 2018
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KS T
Petaling Jaya, Malaysia67 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Friends
Departing AnXi town early morning at 8:00am by private rental coach, heading to Fujian Tulou Nanjing Yanshi Yao scenic area, near Nanjing county, Zhengzhou in Fujian. Stopover for lunch at Nanjing Xian before proceeding to Fujian Tulou Nanjing Yanshi Yao scenic area. Arriving atthe scenic area around 1:00 pm in the afternoon. Visited the 200 plus years old Toulou or walled rounded multi storey building constructed with mixture of clay and sand. The building was designed to accommodate communal dwelling by the Hakka or Guest people.
Thereafter taking a leisure stroll along the riverside shopping for souvenirs and Traditional TieGuanYin or Iron Buddha roasted Oolong Tea leaves. You can always try the taste of the different tea leaves before purchasing the tea to your liking. Spending about 3 hours in the scenic area before departure for Xiamen.
Written 4 July 2018
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Fess S
Tucson, AZ370 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Couples
We took the high speed train to Nanjing. We left the train station, crossed the road and walked about 600 meters and found a hotel with wifi/air/hot water for 100 yuan. The next morning we returned to the station and took local bus 2 to Nanjing town. From the bus station there we took local bus 6 to the Fujian Tulou tourist center. We bought our tickets to Tianluokeng and a shuttle bus for 15 yuan that takes you to all the sites and waits for you while visiting. You can even take your bags on the bus and leave them while visiting the sites. We left the bus in Taxia and paid just 100 yuan for the hotel right in front of where our bus waited for us in Taxia. The next morning at 7am we took the local bus back to the tourist center and then I believe bus 6 again to Yunshuiyao. They have lockers to leave your bags- even big ones like our backpacks. We visited the site and then returned for our bags and again took bus 6 back to Nanjing. A second option is to sleep in Yunshuiyao.
Written 30 June 2018
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Amazingland
Singapore, Singapore850 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
June 2018 • Friends
This is definitely a place you should not miss it if you have extra day in Xiamen, as it requires an one full day for the trip, which is about 2hrs road journey from Xiamen city to Nanjing County (南靖县).
Engaging a local day tour is the most convenient to do it, which comes with tour guide whom would explain to you the history behind the Tulou or Earth Buildings in English, which are unique, usually round, fort-like buildings, built with a mixture of clay and sandy soil. Along the way going to the Tulou, you could try local Hakka cuisine which is another kind of experience. Highly recomended!
Written 21 June 2018
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Matthias F
Chiang Mai, Thailand402 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018
Many years back i discovered a photo f this Tulou. Finally I made it to go to see them. Fantastic construction, very interesting concept! Best fly in to Xiamen, stay one night and book a two day tour to explore the Tulou houses, on the way back one more night in Xiamen and continue your traveling.
Written 7 May 2018
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Wiccaoflight
Eccles, UK185 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2018 • Solo
The Tulou themselves are amazing structures and really do make you feel like you’re in a different time or world. However the entire site is a complete tourist trap. The locals who live in the Tulou make a living from selling things (tea, local snacks, bric-à-brac etc.) to tourists so it makes sense the place is now so commercialised. The site is VERY remote (3 hour drive minimum from Xiamen) and if for foreigners your best way of getting to there is either with a tour group (book with your hotel/hostel) or hiring a private driver. There are buses from Xiamen to the Tulou but to get round the Tulou you need to drive. The villages and sites are too far apart to walk. There are buses you can hire to go from site to site but the staff don’t speak much English.
Written 29 January 2018
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