Thursday, May 23, 2013

Fujian Tulou - CHINA - UNESCO #1113

I've made a direct swap with a Chinese UNESCO collector and Kay sent me the Zhengfu Earth Building, part of the Fujian Erth Buildings. This amazing structures are formed by compacting earth, mixed with stone, bamboo and wood to form walls and give home up to 80 families - to be honest, the picture doesn't make justice to the beauty of those buildings, try to Google it and you'll understand what I mean. Even so I love the card Kay, many thanks for the 25th UNESCO site - I'm almost there, only 937 to the end! This postcard took 36 days to arrive!

UNESCO #1113 - Zhengfu Earth Building - Fujian - CHINA

Fujian Tulou is a property of 46 buildings constructed between the 15th and 20th centuries over 120 km in south-west of Fujian province, inland from the Taiwan Strait. Set amongst rice, tea and tobacco fields the Tulou are earthen houses. Several storeys high, they are built along an inward-looking, circular or square floor plan as housing for up to 800 people each. They were built for defence purposes around a central open courtyard with only one entrance and windows to the outside only above the first floor. Housing a whole clan, the houses functioned as village units and were known as “a little kingdom for the family” or “bustling small city.” They feature tall fortified mud walls capped by tiled roofs with wide over-hanging eaves. The most elaborate structures date back to the 17th and 18th centuries.

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