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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.