Wednesday, July 22, 2009
Tulou are houses made of earth. （tu 土 dirt/earth + lou 楼 building) They were constructed by the Hakka people. The Hakka people fled central China hundreds of years ago. They settled in the mountains of southern Fujian. The most famous tulou are approximately six hundred years old. They are large, circular, communal buildings that were constructed to provide protection against wild animals and/or bandits.