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Old August 27th, 2013, 01:39 PM   #41
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Fascinating thread, although I am not sure what I have been looking at.
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Very fascinating structures!
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China's Remote Fortresses Lose Residents, Gain Tourists
Massive earthen structures once sheltered clans from warlords and bandits. Can they be prototypes for "green" buildings?
January 4, 2015

HEKENG, China—Count the tulou.

It started like a game. How many of these strange, fortress-like structures could I tally from a vehicle window? They were so big, looming like spaceships in the countryside of Fujian Province in southeastern China. Every village seemed to have at least one, two, more.

An obsession grew. I would ask to be left off at the edge of villages tucked between hills, and I would start walking and counting.

In Hekeng, a place with several hundred residents, I ticked off 13 tulou. (Tu lou means "earthen structure" in Mandarin, a very modest definition, like describing a coliseum as a stone circle.) The buildings look medieval, with high mud-brown walls, tiny windows in the top stories, and usually just a single iron-plated wooden door allowing entrance.

Soon I wasn't satisfied with merely standing outside and gawking at tulou, which come in various shapes but are mostly square or circular. I had to go inside each one I counted. The front doors were usually open. So I entered and kept entering. And this is what I found.

First off, the outside doesn't prepare you for what's inside. If the somber exterior resembles a penitentiary, the interior bursts open like a concert hall. Timbered galleries rise majestically as many as five stories high around a light-filled courtyard. Each floor is built of dark wood, with small rooms placed one after another, identical in size, like an architectural chant. Corridors turn or bend the lengths of each floor.

In the open-air courtyard, paved with lumpy cobblestones, there is usually a well or two, plus a small, ornate enclosure for the worship of ancestors. The space commands you to turn around and around to marvel at the dizzying sweep of rooms, the view overhead of sky and mountains, and the audacity of a design that contains a community within a giant impregnable building.

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