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The Hakka Houses

Published on February 7, 2008

To defend against invaders, Hakkas built round homes all over Fujian province that are still in use today. We took a road trip with my uncle and had a look at a few of these amazing “tulous.” An entire village lives in one or several round structures. Immediate families live on the top few floors, while the bottom floor is for kitchens and cooking. The center area is a communal space, filled with livestock and occasionally a well. People were friendly and seemed okay with our curiosity and SLR cameras. They seemed surprised that their little corner of the world was generating so much interest.

The houses were often rebuilt after bands of marauders burned them down, an act that occurred well into the 1960’s. The way of life seems as if it hasn’t changed in hundreds of years.

Filed under: Everyday Life, Travel

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