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Skerin's in-depth tour of Fujian tulou - Tianluokeng Tulou Group & Yuchang Lou

Too much of China is like Disneyland. Cleaned up and repackaged for the masses. I wanted to go see something more authentic. I hoped I get that by visiting the old roundhouses, or Tulou, in and around Yongding county. I had to catch a bus to the transit town of Longyan and was really helped out by a nice Chinese girl who got my ticket and on the bus she even called ahead to reserve a hotel for me. In Longyan she helped buy my onward ticket to my base in the village of Liulian. She put me on the connecting bus to the other bus station in Longyan and said goodbye. Chinese people are great sometimes.

3 Fujian Tulous to be built in Xiamen's Huli as part of commercial complex

The Tulous will be part of a commercial complex upon completion by the end of this year      Three Fujian Tulous, also known as “Hakka earthen buildings,” are being built near the Shigushan overpass in Xiamen’s Huli District. Each Tulou resembles the well known Zheng Cheng Lou振成楼 in Yongding County, Longyan City. The Hakka Tulou is the tranditional building of Hakka people in the mountainous areas in southeastern Fujian. Zheng Cheng Lou, also known as Bagua Lou, is a circular Tulou built in 1912. The building, consisting of 2

The Great Hakka Marathon to be held in Nanjing, Fujian

  The inaugural race of the Great Hakka Marathon will include full and half-length marathons, and a shorter fun run, and will take place among the century-old Hakka roundhouses close to the city of Xiamen, Fujian Province, on November 15th 2014.   Chief Organizers include Mr. Dave Cundy (Race Director), Mr. Guo Feng of Culturestone Event Co. who has been organizing the Great Wall Marathon since 1999 and Mr. Christopher Dennis, one of the original organizers of the Great Wall Marathon as well as the Great Tibetan Marathons.   Participation of Mr. Dave

Longyan tourism growth best in Fujian

    Longyan's tourism industry is flourishing. From January to June of this year, the city welcomed 9.17 million tourists, generating a revenue of over 7 billion yuan ($1.13 billion), a growth of 19.5 percent over last year and 24.1 percent over the year before. The tourism-growth rates are highest in all of Fujian province.  Longyan's tourism development hinges on the following factors:  Rural tourism develops rapidly  During first half of this year, 6.1 million tourists visited Longyan's rural areas, bringing in 2.73 billion yuan ($442

China's 10 greatest folk homes

Siheyuan   China has the biggest population in the world and 56 different ethnic groups, and guess what that means? Housing, lots of different housing. And I'm not talking about those grotesque residential towers that have sprung up over the last 20 years and will, no doubt, be torn down by the powers that be soon enough. I mean those houses made of stone, bamboo, wood and even mud, all set within the structures of traditional Chinese architecture. Here is a list of the most interesting homes in China, as inspired from a list from that most venerable of publications. 1. Siheyuan

16 injured after Xiamen tour bus collides with cement mixer

      On June 30th, a Xiamen-registered tour bus collided with a cement mixer on a road section near Jiaomei Town in the Zhangzhou Taiwanese Investment Area, reported taihainet.com.    The road accident injured 16 passengers on the bus and caused heavy traffic congestion for about four hours, according to the report.    The tour bus was on its way from Xiamen to Fujian Tulou and the cement mixer was travelling in the opposite direction from Zhangzhou to Xiamen. According to Mr. Zhou, the bus driver, the driver of the cement mixer suddenly

Top places to visit in Fujian during the coming holidays

Folks it's that time of year again, where everyone is hustling to make last minute plans on how to spend their Christmas and New Year vacation. If you happen to spend your time here in Xiamen, there is plenty of places to see and discover around Xiamen and in the immediate Fujian.   Fujian is blessed with a rich history, famous historical sites, beautiful natural landscapes, ocean and mountains.   There is definitely something for everyone we got activities for the history buffs, the adrenaline junkies or just somewhere to past the times with friends.   Here is a

Fujian Tulou among China's top 10 tourism destinations in 2013

Recently, the list Top 10 Tourism Destinations was launched during the third China Tourism Industry Conference. Scenic spots like the Great Wall, Tulou and Lushan are included.Each destination made the list for different reasons, but all of them possess unique natural or cultural landscape qualities.    Badaling is the most reconstructed section of the Great Wall and is meant to show the wall in its most idealized form: as the Mings would have originally envisioned it. This section was originally built in 1505 on the same pass as the Juyongguan section, showing just

Yongding signs agreement with owners to better protect Tulou

Fujian province’s tourism bureau reports that Yongding county recently signed an agreement with the owners of “Tulou” buildings, which are world heritage sites, to not let visitors inside without permission. This is to protect heritage sites, tourism authorities explained, saying that they have limited the number of daily visitors, and anyone who does not comply or secretly charges people, they will not be able to collect income from ticket sales, and there will be ways to make sure no one breaks the rules for the Zhencheng Tulou building.   SOURCE:

Yongding Tulou, precious architectural treasures of Hakka people in Fujian

A bird’s eye view of tulou in Yongding county, Fujian province. PHOTO BY ZOU HONG / CHINA DAILY   Complexes are architectural wonders that attract tourists, He Na and Hu Meidong report from Yongding county in Fujian. An old story still raises a chuckle among tulou residents in Longyan, Fujian province. It goes like this: Satellite images of tulou clusters once made some countries nervous because they thought the giant mushroomlike structures resembled nuclear shelters and they feared the complex was a Chinese missile base. Those doubts were quickly

Fujian Tulou, an intriguing piece of history that dates back centuries

Tulou once served as home, fortress and marketplace for China's Hakka people.   Southern China's Fujian province is never going to get as much attention as its urban neighbors to the north and west, regions that are home to internationally known cities like Shanghai and Guangzhou. But the coastal province offers a fascinating glimpse of traditional Chinese heritage, a growing rarity in this rapidly developing country. Among the more intriguing pieces of history in Fujian are the tulou -- large, round, rammed-earth buildings dating back centuries. There are

Stepping back in time: Retired engineer's awe-inspiring visit to Fujian Tulou

Toh-tally awesome: A.S. Toh, 74, with Du Zhen, 83, his only surviving cousin from his ancestral village of Xin Sheng in Fujian province, China. The village has 500 Tohs and they are all related.   During the last century’s Cold War, American spy satellites detected structures in southern China’s Fujian province which they mistook for missile silos. But their fears were unfounded when they realised that the structures were merely unique communal dwellings (tulou) in the mountainous regions bordering Fujian and Guangdong in southern China. Intrigued by

Stepping back in time: Retired engineer makes awe-inspiring visit to Fujian's tulou

Toh-tally awesome: A.S. Toh, 74, with Du Zhen, 83, his only surviving cousin from his ancestral village of Xin Sheng in Fujian province, China. The village has 500 Tohs and they are all related.   A visit to the tulou in southern China is an awe-inspiring experience. DURING the last century’s Cold War, American spy satellites detected structures in southern China’s Fujian province which they mistook for missile silos. But their fears were unfounded when they realised that the structures were merely unique communal dwellings (tulou) in the mountainous

Fujian tourism income goes up to US$30 billion in 2012

  Zhencheng Tulou (振成楼) in Yongding County, Longyan, Fujian among 48 Tulou sites, built by the Hakka people between the 12th and the 20th centuries, has been enlisted as the UNESCO World Heritage Site list in 2008.   The Fujian Provincial Tourism Bureau reported on Jan 31 that the province’s tourism income in 2012 totaled 191.7 billion yuan (US$30.78 billion), a 20-percent year-on-year increase. The province greeted 167.04 million tourists, up 17 percent from 2011, bringing in revenues of 191.69 billion yuan, up 17.2 percent from 2011. The number of

Fujian Tulou, the top 10 folk houses in China

  Fujian Tulou    Fujian Tulou is a type of Chinese rural dwellings of the Hakka and Minnan people in Fujian. Because Hakka people like to live together in remote mountainous and forested regions, they built fortified houses to defend themselves against fierce animals and thieves. Built on a stone base, the Tulou's thick walls were packed with dirt and internally fortified with wood. The first Tulou appeared during the Song Dynasty (960 - 1279), and the building style developed over the following dynasties until reaching its current form as found during the
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