Tulou (土楼) are massive round or square earthen buildings constructed by Hakka people throughout south China, particularly in inland Fujian. Built for residential and defensive purposes, they were home to one or more clans comprising several families, with individual apartments facing inwards to a common courtyard. Some are still inhabited nowadays while others are in poor condition, but they're now one of the most popular tourist attractions in the area and well worth visiting.
Getting There - The tulou are scattered throughout the countryside, so it's difficult to visit them without a car. We took the train from Xiamen to Nanjing (南靖 — not to be confused with the former capital Nanjing 南京) where we found many drivers. We negotiated a route and price with one driver, who took us first to a guesthouse (not included in the price) and then on an excellent one day tour of several Hakka villages. This was probably the most flexible way to see the area without our own car and the price was reasonable.
Note that it's also necessary to buy a ticket to the tulou area; the funds raised by these passes supposedly go towards preservation of the ancient buildings.
Attractions - As well as the tulou, there are ancient temples and high terraced fields, making this a great place for photography.
Hotels - There are many guesthouses and small hotels in the area, including some inside tulou themselves. We stayed in the hotel recommended by our driver, which was clean and comfortable and run by a very friendly local couple.
Food & Restaurants - Many guesthouses offer food and there are many other restaurants catering for the crowds of tourists who visit this area.
Shopping - Inside the tulou many families have opened small shops selling tea and other local produce, handicrafts and knick-knacks. Many of the tea shops offer a chance to taste several different kinds of Fujianese tea (our driver took us to a couple of places for tasting.)
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If you have been to the Tulou, you must know that
The outdoor circle on the first floor of the Tulou Scenic Area is full of various souvenirs and stalls selling snacks
so you can see from this photo. There is really no tourist here. I was very excited to see the Tulou for the first time.
The picture in the movie Now I am also in
and I feel super magical.
Compared with Xiamen, Ganzhou is not a hot tourist destination. But when it comes to earth buildings, it is familiar. Fujian's classic earth buildings are mainly distributed in Yongding County of Longyan City and Nanjing County of Cangzhou City. The famous earth buildings in Yongding County are concentrated in Hukeng Town and Xiayang Town. The famous earth buildings in Nanjing County are concentrated in Shuyang Town and Meilin Town.
Nanjing County, the ancient name of Lanshui County, brings together the oldest, most beautiful, highest, largest, smallest and most unique earth buildings in the country. The Tulou Scenic Area is distributed in a circular shape with a diameter of 10Km. The most famous ones are Tianluokeng Tulou Group, Dongpu West Lean Yuchang Building, Hekeng Tulou Building, Huaiyuan Building, Hegui Building and Taxia Village. The name of the Tianluokeng Tulou Group originated in the 1960s. The satellite photos taken in the United States mistaken the five earthen buildings in Tianluokeng as China's nuclear reactors, causing the international community to be at a loss. In addition to the role of nuclear reactors and the World Heritage List, today's fame is also known as the "four dishes and one soup."
Zhangzhou Tulou has always been a name card for Zhangzhou. The former of Tulou is a building that resisted foreign enemies in ancient times, similar to castles, barracks and cottages. The Tulou of Zhangzhou is made of raw soil as the main material. The general Tulou has three to five floors. The kitchen is on the first floor, the warehouse is on the second floor, and the bedroom is on the third floor. The interior of the entire Tulou is home to a group of people. The common Tulou can accommodate 200 to 700 people. Like a large family, it is lively and warm.