Friday, March 28, 2014

Fujian Tulou - CHINA - UNESCO #1113

Almost a year ago I've received a card with one of this amazing buildings that only use earth, straw and bamboo as walls. Unfortunately the picture on that postcard didn't show well enough this peculiar constructions so I'm really happy with this second cards from the same site, this time with a aerial view that shows well the shape of this huge buildings (some with more than 500 years) where hundreds of people still live. Thank you very much Paula for this card and also for the two awesome stamps you've used. This postcard took 25 days to arrive!
UNESCO #1113 - Earth Buildings - 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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