Chuxi town in Fujian Province, southern China, dominated by large circular 'tulou'. Tulou are fortified, adobe (earth) Hakka clan houses, many of them circular like these, 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.
Photo ID: 18699_502_Chuxi_tulou
Author: Michael Freeman
File state: Final
Photo size: 11.6 Mpixels (33.3 MB uncompressed) - 4193x2778 pixels (13.9x9.2 in / 35.5x23.5 cm at 300 ppi)