The Amazing Tulou of China

How wonderful they have survived so long.


I have always been fascinated by the architectural ingenuity of humanity, especially in periods or places where resources seem lacking. One case in point is the tulou, a type of large, multi-storied communal home built with wood and fortified with mud walls. Built between the 15th and 20th centuries in China’s subtropical Fujian province in the south, these structures were not only durable — 46 survive to this day — but they conformed with feng shui principles and are cleverly sited to be close to tea, tobacco, rice fields, and lush forests, giving their denizens access to crucial resources and livelihoods.


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2 thoughts on “The Amazing Tulou of China

  1. It does make you wonder just how they survived Sue. We have castles and manor houses that survive a few hundred years, but they are built of brick and stone, nit to mention Hadrians Wall in many places. Oerhaps because they arrpe in places far away from more modern life and its ravages.

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