Special Series - Secrets of the Fujian Tulou
Today, we´re beginning a brand new series, all about one of the most extraordinary types of house in China; the tulou. The tulous are rural dwellings found in the southeastern province of Fujian. Constructed from the 12th century right up to the 20th, tulous are typically three to five story structures with a thick earthen wall and a single entrance. They tend to be vast, well-fortified structures, capable of housing up to 800 people. In fact, they originally functioned as village units offering safety, shelter and a sense of community. In 2008, the tulous were named as a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Among the thousands of Tulou buildings, the Zhengcheng Tulou is one of the most famous. Popularly, it is known as "The Prince of the Tulous".
Details: World Cultural Heritage - Fujian Tulou
Exploring Fujian Tulou with Murray Clive on Rediscovering China