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Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Nanjing Tulou – Fujian Tulou

Monday, April 22nd, 2019
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Plan your Fujian Tulou Tour? Fujian Tulou are largely composed of the clay buildings in Yongding County and Nanjing County in the southwest Fujian Province.

The Nanjing Tulou Clusters boast of three parts – Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster, Yuchanglou and Taxia Village. Nanjing Tulou Cluster are about 160 km west of Xiamen, 2 hours’ drive from Xiamen.

Tianluokeng Tulou cluster (田螺坑土楼群)
Tianluokeng Tulou is the major Tulou cluster in Nanjing County,  about 160km west of Xiamen City. It takes about two hours’ drive from Xiamen along the bumpy and zigzag narrow mountain road.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster are composed of 5 clay buildings, with a square Tulou at the center and circled by 4 circular Tulous, forming a pretty pattern of so called “four dishes with one soup”.

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster 1

Yuchanglou (裕昌楼)
Yuchanglou belongs to the tulou cluster in Nanjing Tulou Cluster. It is located  in Xiabanliao village in Nanjing. It is a five-storey clay built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu clan. It is one of the oldest and largest earthen building in China.

Yuchanglou is also nicknamed as the “leaning building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight, but leaning left and right. It was constructed like this mainly due to a mistake in measuring the building material.

But in spite of this error, this tall tulou has survived for the past 700 hundred years. Yuchanglou is 36m in diameter and has five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor.

The Yuchanglou Exterior

The Yuchanglou Exterior

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

Yuchanglou is a five-storey clay building with the ancestral hall in the center.

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

A close look at the wooden structure of the floors inside the clay building.

The king of Hulusi

The king of Hulusi

Selling hand-made cigarettes

Selling hand made cigarettes

Selling local tea

Selling local tea

Selling local products

Selling local products

 Taxia Village (塔下村)
After finishing the short visit to Yuchanglou, we drove along the mountain road and soon we entered the ancient Taxia Village. The ancient village is located in the west of Shuyang Town in Nanjing, a famous oversea Chinese town.

Taxia Village is one of the first 15 scenic villages selected in China. The village has a long history dating back to 1426. Now there are over 300 households in the village.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village. The tulou buildings in the village have various kinds of shapes – circular, square and oval.  In addition, this village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village.

 

The clay buildings in Taxia Village are built evenly along the banks of the river passing through the village

 This village also has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

Taxia village has a kind of wood and brick buildings similar to those in the countrysides in Zhejiang.

Hassle-Free Private Tour to Visit the Tulou Clusters
If you don’t want go the daunting do-it-yourself-route and prefer an organized hassle-free private tour to visit Tulou clusters, no worry and we have the following options:

Xiamen Yongding Tulou One Day Tour from US$99 p/p
Xiamen Nanjing Tulou One Day Tour from US$75 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Two Day Tour from US$255 p/p
Xiamen Tulou Peitian Ancient Village 3 Day Tour from US$319 p/p .

Further Readings


Hongkeng Tulou Clusters
Gaobei Tulou Clusters
Chuxi Tulou Clusters
Nanjing Tulou Clusters
Peitian Village
Yongding County
Xiayang Town
Fuyulou Changdi Inn

Any questions,  just drop a line.