Home Sweet Homestay: Hakka Houses in Fujian

Culture | by Aimee Groom
Posted: January 24th, 2013 | Updated: November 6th, 2014 | Comments

Tulou Fujian_yongding

Incredible earthen fortresses that house entire villages, tǔlóu (Fujian and southern Jiangxi. Also known as "Hakka houses," these large square or circular buildings house entire communities of the traditionally nomadic Hakka minority.

56 Fujian tulou were inscribed as a collective UNESCO World Heritage site in 2008, which has led to a flurry of touristification in the area. This has up and down sides—they are now easier than ever to reach with improved roads and transportation links, however it also means more visitors and a shift in the local economy to tourism meaning more hawkers and tourist Fuyu House (pictured above) offer the opportunity to spend the night in a simple, home-style accommodation, an experience which is highly recommended.

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