Xiamen University

Fujian most formidable clan home of defense - The Tulou

The floor plan of Chengqilou in Yongding county built in 1709, which used to house 80 families, totaling more than 600 people   The thick outer wall of a tulou separates two distinct worlds:   On the outside, the village's relatively bare pathways and buildings are of the same material, clay, giving the village and its surroundings a very homogeneous appearance. One meets very few people and the tulou with their forbidding appearance show little interest in the world outside.   Behind the main gate there is normally only a single portal. The tulou is