Amazing Hakka tulous in Yongding area
Trip Start May 09, 2011
34Trip End Jun 10, 2011
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walls. The guide told: 46 of them have since 2008 UNESO's World Cultural Heritage status. We visited four of them. See for more on tulous the site of the state-owned Yongding
Hakka Earth Tourism Industry and Trade Co., Ltd http://www.hakkatulou.com/eng/.
The fort-type earthen constructions are impressive from the outside; the views up to the four, five floors of wooden living areas on the inside are breath taking, The red Chinese lamps everywhere make the inner court very colourfulwww.fuyulou.net.
The King of Tulous
From there we went on to Zenchen Lou, a circular building and Rusheng Lou, a mini circular building. Then we visited Chengqi Lou, the “King of Fujian Tulou”, a circular building with the most concentric rings in number and the largest in scale among all Fujian Tolou. These rings make spectacular pictures.
From there on we had our first rains in China. We went 30 minutes up by car on a mountain road in Tianluokeng to visit the combinations of Fujian tulous that are most famous and can be seen on most of the tourist fliers. We reached the top visiting platform for the Tianluokeng tulou in heavy rains. It was still a spectacular view of a square tulou in the middle, with four circle and oval ones around it. The viewing platform at the bottom was less spectacular
World history in a nutshell
We went on to the Taxio village, to a village hotel. Catherine took us to a half-moon tulou where we had a nice dinner at 20:00, with 17 lighted lamps a fairy tail atmosphere. We are going the visit the village tomorrow. Over dinner we started talking about the difficulties our parents had and still have about what happened to them in the Second World War. We asked Catherine whether it was the same with the generation that suffered during the formation of present China and the cultural revolution. So she told us her family's history.
Her grandfather was high in the Kwomintang and was not able to escape the Mao troops in 1948, he was sentenced to death. Because of this high level background her mother suffered badly from Mao's Great Cultural Revolution from 1966 to 1976. She was sent to the rural area for years. There she married a farmer. Only when the regime started its Opening Up policy in the late 1980s she was allowed to return to her province. She then divorced the father of Catherine. World history in a nutshell.