Chengqi tulou, 73 metres in diameter and built in 1709. Tulou are fortified, adobe (earth) Hakka clan houses, many of them circular like this one, found only in the hills of Fujian Province in southern China. This unique architecture evolved as a means of defence when the Hakka migrated to this region beginning in the 13th century. A few thousand tulou remain today in use, of which perhaps one thousand are round, known as yuanlou. This building is in Gaobei Village, Gaotou Town, Yongding County.
Photo ID: 18698_73_Chengqi_tulou
Author: Michael Freeman
File state: Final
Photo size: 12.2 Mpixels (34.9 MB uncompressed) - 4288x2848 pixels (14.2x9.4 in / 36.3x24.1 cm at 300 ppi)