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
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.
On the first 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.
Look at the iron railing of the second floor corridor of the inner ring building.
One of the two wells inside Zhengchenglou
The higher outer ring building and the lower inner ring 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
Kuijulou tulou building is a square building.
Inside the Kuijulou building
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.
Fuyunlou is teemed with exquisite carvings
Inside the Fuyunlou Building
Some part of the Fuyun Building has been used as an interesting tulou inn hotel.
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