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Fujian Tianluo Tulou (Nanjing Wooden building)
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Reviewed October 9, 2011

We visited tulou on Oct. 2. Road to Tulou was good and newly built. It was already 7:30pm in the evening when we arrived. There were 2 boys approached us for tickets in entering the tulou. However, it was all been arranged. Porter has been assigned for our luggages.

We stayed at FuYuLou (福裕楼). The owner greeted us warmly welcome. Assigned us to the rooms. The rooms are well ventilated and clean. Furnished with TV and desktop computer and WI-FI. Incredible!!!

After settled down, we were offered for tea while waiting for dinner to be ready. They offered few type of tea which of good quality (own hand picked made autumn tea which just harvested). Then we adjourned for dinner (Hakka cuissine which we ordered). Wow, delicious authentic dishes which was awesome. Thereafter, we had fellowship with the owner, then call it a day. There are also few family tourists (westerners and Chinese) stayed at the same unit but different floor of the circular structure.

Next morning, we heard the pork seller passing by calling for sell. We arise and walk around for fresh environment around the tulou (unique built by earth and wood which of more than 1000 years). Cooling and refresh!! Breakfast was served which has the choice of western or Chinese. We preferred Chinese authentic instead.
There are many places to roam around to witness the agriculture farming. The authenticity of the tulou is related to sustaining the tulou themselves and their traditional livings. We visited some of the families and agricultural farming (wheat, potatoes, persimmon, etc.). It was the persimmon session, we get to see how they made dried persimmon in their traditional method. No chemical or additive. Nice and sweet!!

Tulou, is applying for the world's culture heritage now. Worth the visit and experience if you are in Xiamen. Due to time constraint, we only stayed for a day. Will surely return for next visit.

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Reviewed February 23, 2011

Seeing the tulou was definitely the highlight of my recent trip to Xiamen. We hired a car to take us there, (a mistake as the driver had never been there either) and the sign on the road was not clear. However the road was actually quite decent and not too bumpy. It took us nearly 2 hours to get there from Xiamen and without much traffic.

Once you have entered the tulou area, it is really quite scenic and more signs will direct you to the entrance. The entrance was the least beautiful part as they have built a big "administration" building that probably sold tickets. There were lots of cars and tour buses in the parking lot. We purposely skipped the building and went directly to the park entrance, and you can buy tickets there (RMB100 adult) which allows you to see 3 major sights.

We visited during CNY so it was quite crowded but the weather was beautiful with blue sky. We saw the first tulou, which was still inhabited by the locals. There were lots of children, and they played fire cracker. Such a happy scene.

We made the mistake of having lunch before seeing the next sight as there was only one road (one way) that led to the next 2 sights. When we finished lunch (3pm), the road was totally packed with cars and we were stuck in traffic for more than 1 hour. This made it impossible for us to see the rest as all the roads seemed to be packed. What a disappointment. The lunch though was fairly delicious. The restaurant was small, and the owner just took us into his kitchen to see all the food that he had in his refrigerator! We picked 6 dishes and only cost RMB120.

Eventhough we only saw the inside of one building, we were quite satisfied. It gives us the excuse to return to Xiamen again!

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Reviewed July 8, 2010

I had been to Nanjing Tulou(round House) in 2007 before it succeed applying for the world heritage.The house are huge like a alien basement. the popular round houses are far away from each other in different villages. So it is better to go there by your own vehicle or join a tour,not suitable for walk around.

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Reviewed July 12, 2017
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