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We took a Chinese tour for the 3 hour journey to visit the Hakka village at Yongding. This is a UNESCO World Heritage site. These were communal living areas (sometimes for up to 3,000 people).
We were on a packed coach full of Chinese families. We stopped off at a large supermarket selling goods made by the Tula people in the Hakkas: coffee, tea, shortbread, etc. We passed through beautiful countryside with banana plantations, and tea ...
Took a day trip by car to visit a few Tulou clusters near where I was staying. The Tulou are absolutely stunning. Self contained multi-story villages. They all had wells in the interior courtyard as well as sometimes wells in the living spaces. The first group I went to was vey peaceful because it was earlier in the morning and not the huge tourist draw. Had a great time wandering around. Then I went to see "King Tulou" the claim to fame of which is that it's ******* huge. Like really ...
... the 7th generation of the original family who built it. The remaining 3/4 of the Tulou that isn't the hotel is still occupied by his extended family. My room is on the top (5th) floor. Went for an evening stroll to see a few of the other Tulous nearby and tomorrow I will take a day trip to see a few of the nearby clusters. On my evening stroll I came across a boy and girl maybe eight years old. They were making figures out of string. ...
... and people here stop for nothing at all.
The group got to the airport and had a smooth flight to Xi'an. Here we were met by our new local guide, Tiger. He is part of the party, but speaks the most about the issues China has with government. I tried to find a restroom, but they were all squatting. They are literally a hole in the ground with a space on the side for your feet. Even if there is a western style toilet, you have to ...
... at a viewpoint above them for a few photos and then I walked down a short path into the little village. This breathtakingly beautiful collection of roundhouses is again spoilt with amazing views out over the hills, filled with rice paddies and tea fields. Really bringing yourself to leave is a struggle, its just too nice sitting out on a ledge and watching either the countryside on one side or the people on the other.
I was back in the little town of Liulian ...