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Chengqilou, Gaobei Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou

Tuesday, September 13th, 2011
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Chengqilou is the largest earthen building in Fujian, and nicknamed “the King of Tulou”. It is one of the tulou buildings in Gaobei Tulou Cluster which are located on the hillside in Gaobei Village of Gaotou Township in Yongding County. Gaobei Tulou Cluster are one of the major tulou clusters in Fujian. The other tulou clusters are Hongkeng Tulou Cluster Chuxi Tulou Cluster, and Nanjing Tulou Cluster. The other tulou buildings of Gaobei Tulou Cluster are the square Wuyunlou, the circular Qiaofulou and Shizelou.
 
The most famous earthen builing in Gaobei Tulou Cluster is Chengqilou which stands 40km east of Yongding County, 4km east of Hongkeng Tulou Clurer and 15km west of Nanjing Tulou Cluster. The construction of Chengqilou started in the later Ming Dynasty (1368 – 1644) and finished in the early Qing Dynasty ( 1644 -1911), which took the Jiang family three generations’s effort to build such a large tulou.
 
Chengqilou is 73m in diameter with an outer perimeter of 1915m. It has three concentric ring buildings inside the large earthen house. The first ring (outer ring) of Chengqilou is a 4-storey tulou building 16.4 meter high with 72 rooms. The second and third tulou ring buildings inside Chengqilou are both a two-storey earthen building with 40 rooms each. The third ring house is a one-storey building with 32 rooms. The Chengqilou’s center is the ancestral hall.  
 
Chengqilou is composed of 400 rooms, 3 entrances, 2 wells, with a total area of 5376.17 square meters. Now there are about 40 households living inside the fortified building in the southwest of Fujian in China.
 
The exterior of Chengqilou
The main gate faces south. The first and second floor have no windows.

The exterior of Chengqilou

 A close look at the main entrance to Chengqilou

A close look at the main entrance to Chengqilou

 
It has three concentric ring buildings inside the large earthen house with the ancestral hall in the center. 

It has three concentric ring buildings inside the large earthen house

 
The first ring building is a 4-storey constructure.

The first ring building is a 4-storey constructure.

 
 
The sectioned courtyard is between the first and second ring building.

The sectioned courtyare between the first and second ring buildings

 
We were on the fourth floor for a panoramic view of the building below.

We were on the fourth floor for a panoramic view of the building below.

 
Visiting the ancestral hall in the heart of Chengqilou
 

Visiting the ancestral hall in the heart of Chengqilou

 
The narrow slab road between Chengqilou’s third ring building and the ancestral hall

The narrow slab road between Chengqilou's third ring building and the ancestral hall.

Zhengchenglou, Hongkeng Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou

Monday, September 12th, 2011
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Hongkeng Tulou Cluster is one of the five major tulou clusters in Fujian. Hongkeng Tulou Cluster is a group of Hakka earth rammed buildings in Hongkeng Village of Hukeng Township of Yongding County in Fujian Province. Hongkeng Tulou Cluster is about 36km east of Yongding County.
 
Hongkeng Tulou Cluster boasts of over 40 tulou buildings different in shape and size, circular, square, rectangular, crescent and with some variations. All the tulou buildings were built by the descendants of a family surnamed “Lin”, a rich tobacco merchant, starting to build the tulou buildings during later Song Dynasty (960 – 1279) and early Ming Dynasty (1368-1644). The most outstanding representatives of Hongkeng Tulou Cluster are Zhengchenglou, Kuijulou, Fuyulou and Rushenglou.  
 
Zhengchenglou ( Zhengcheng Tulou Building)
Zhengchenglou is well known as “the Prince of Tulou”. Its construction started in 1912 by the Lin’s family, which took 5 years. Zhengchenglou has two rings – outer ring and inner ring. The outer ring building has four storeys with 48 rooms on each floor. The inner ring is a two-storey building made of brick and wood with 32 rooms. Its center is the hall used as an ancestral hall, also a place for important events in the tulou building like marriage, mourning…
 
The exterior of Zhengchenglou

The exterior of Zhengchenglou

 
Inside Zhengchenglou with 4 storeys outer building, 2 storey inner building and the ancestral hall in the center.

Inside Zhengchenglou with 4 storeys outer building, 2 storey inner building and the ancestral hall in the center.

 
The outer building is divided into 8 units by the arch brick walls with connected corridor.

The outer building is divided into 8 units by arch brick walls with connected corridor.

 
On the first floor, 8 courtyards are formed by the arch brick walls with connected corridor.

On the floor, 8 courtyards are formed by the arch brick walls with connected corridor.

 
The ancestral hall in the center bears some Greek style columns with western enfluence.

The ancestral in the center bears some Greek style columns with western enfluence.

 
Look at the iron railing of the second floor corridor of the inner ring building.

Look at the iron railing of the second floor corridor of the inner ring building

 
One of the two wells inside Zhengchenglou

One of the two wells inside Zhengchenglou

 
The higher outer ring building and the lower inner ring building

The higher outer ring building and the lower inner ring building

 
The wood corridor on the 4 level of the outer building

The wood corridor on the 4 level of the outer building

 
Kuijulou (Kuiju Tulou Building)
The construction of Kuijulou Building started in 1834. It is a square tulou building built on a hillside facing south with the rear building higher (4 levels) and the front building lower 92 levels). It is the only palace styled tulou building in Yongding County. It is also known as “Potala Palace” since it is simailar to the style of the Tibetan palace.
 
The entrance to the square Kuijulou tulou building

The entrance to the square Kuijulou tulou building

 
Kuijulou tulou building is a square building.

Kuijulou tulou building is a square building.

 
Inside the Kuijulou building
 

Inside the Kuijulou building

The only palace styled tulou building in Yongding County

the only palace styled tulou building in Yongding County

 
Fuyulou (Fuyulou Building)
Fuyunlou Earth Building was built in 1880. It faces east and occupies and area of 4,000 square meters. It is a five-phoenix tulou building. It has three halls and four annexes on both sides.
 
The tour guide gives us a brief introduction to the building – Fuyulou.

The tour guide gives us a brief introduction to the building.

 
Fuyunlou is teemed with exquisite carvings

Fuyunlou is teemed with exquisite carvings

 
Inside the Fuyunlou Building

Inside the Fuyunlou Building

 
Some part of the Fuyun Building has been used as an interesting tulou inn hotel.

Some part of the Fuyun Building has been used as an interesting tulou inn hotel.

 

Fuyun Inn tel 0597 - 5532800

Rushenglou (Rusheng Tulou Building)
Rushenglou is one of the smallest tulou buildings in Yongding. It was built between 1875 and 1908. Rushenglou is a one-storey earth building of brick and rammed earth. It has three levels of storeys with a diameters of 23 meters.
 
Rushenglou is one of the smallest tulou buildings in Yongding

Rushenglou is one of the smallest tulou buildings in Yongding

Jiqinglou, Chuxi Tulou Cluster – Fujian Tulou

Sunday, September 11th, 2011
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Jiqinglou, is one of the oldest earth buildings (Tulou Sites) in the Chuxi Tulou Cluster of Fujian Tulou. Tulou cluster here refers to a group of Hakka earth buildings in a village.
 
Chuxi Tulou Cluster is situated on the hillside, about 40km southeast of Yongding County and 230km southwest of Xiamen City. There are five circular Tulou buildings and over a dozen of rectangular in shape in Chuxi village. 
 
The Jiqinglou is typical of the Hakka earth buildings in Chuxi Tulou Cluster. Jiqinglou was built in 1419 during the reign of Emperor Yongle in Ming Dynasty. It stands on the south and faces the north.
 
Jiqinglou is composed of two concentric rings – outer ring and inner ring with four storeys. Normally one Hakka earth building has two or four staircases leading to the the upper floors. But Jiqinglou has 72 staircases dividing the Tulou building into 72 independent Units. Each unit has five rooms.
 
The second ring is a one-storey building. In the center of the second ring is the clan temple.
 
Climbing up to the sightseeing platform on the hillside north of Chuxi Village.  

Climbing up to the sightseeing platform on the hillside north of Chuxi Village.

Have a bird’s-eye view of the Chuxi Tulou Cluster 

Have a bird's-eye view of the Chuxi Tulou Cluster

 
Again have a clear view of the Chuxi Tulou Cluster.

 
 
Have a close look at the group of Tulou buildings, circular or rectangular.

Have a close look at the group of Tulou buildings, circular or rectangular.

 
 
 We follow a local village guide to the Chuxi Tulou Cluster.
 
 

We follow a local village guide to the Chuxi Tulou Cluster.

The village guide takes us to visit Jiqinglou, one of the Hakka Tulou buildings in Chuxi Tulou Cluster

The village guide takes us to visit Jiqinglou, one of the Hakka Tulou buildings in Chuxi Tulou Cluster

 
 
We are walking up to the earth building – Jiqing Tulou Building

We are walking up to the earth building - Jiqing Tulou Building

 
 
Our village tour guide is introducing Jiqinglou, one of the oldest Hakka earth building at the entrance.


Our village tour guide is introducing Jiqinglou, one of the oldest Hakka earth building at the entrance.

 
 
The only main entrance to Jiqinglou Hakka building.


The only main entrance to Jiqinglou Hakka building.

 
 
The outer ring has four storeys while the inner ring has just one story. The center is the clan temple.

The outer ring has four storeys while the inner ring has just one story. The center is the clan temple.

Between the four storeys outer ring and the one storey building in the second ring.


Between the four storeys outer ring and the one storey building in the second ring.

 
 
The clan temple inside
 

The clan temple inside

 
Jiqinglou Travel Tips
1. Opening tours: 07 – 19:00
2. Children under 1.2 meter is free of charge.
3. Entrance fee: RMB 50 including other 5 Tulou sites in Chuxi Tulou Cluster
4. Xiamen – Yongding Tulou by long distance bus:
   Xiamen Hubin Nanlu – Xiayang (Jiqinglou) shuttle bus ( 5 hours ) 

Again have a clear view of the Chuxi Tulou Cluster.