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“Must-see in Fujian”

Fujian Tianluo Tulou (Nanjing Wooden building)
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“Must-see in Fujian”
Reviewed September 6, 2013

I highly recommend taking an overnight tour to Tulous. We hired a private car from Xiamen for a two-day tour. It was expensive (RMB1300 inclusive of 1 night accommodation in Taxia Village). But otherwise there isn't really a convenient way to go there. It takes about 3 hours from Xiamen to reach the entrance to Nanjing Tulous (there are two main clusters - Yongding and Nanjing). From the main entrance there is still a long drive up the hill to reach the most famous "Four dishes and 1 soup" cluster of Tulous. On the winding road leading up to the mountain there are already many tulous! Guide said there are almost 30 thousands of them in Fujian.
We spent the night in Taxia Village after seeing the most impressive tulous. It is a tiny village with a small river running in the middle - very quiet and peaceful. Room arranged was in a private home but reasonable.
On the next day we continued to visit more tulous in various shapes and Yunshuiyao village - the village was the backdrop in a Chinese movie so became famous. There are also accommodation options here.

Visited July 2013
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“Chinese heritage historical landmark, a very unique historic site in the land of the kakis (lotus or persimmon fruit) and tea (c”
Reviewed October 27, 2012 via mobile

Hidden in the hills of Fujian province, surrounded by hills that have been elegantly 'combed' for the production of Tea leaves (Chá) and decorated by the abundant leafless trees with colorful persimmon fruits you will find the most unusual constructions that human being have build. Got here by bus from Xiamen (approximately, a 3-hr drive). The road is not too bad, though you should be prepared dealing with lots of curves built on the green and red ground hills, and unique driving skills of car and bus drivers passing each other in the most unexpected way and abusing use of noisy sounds... The landscape changes from banana trees, to bamboo and tea farming. Lot of motorcycles loaded with bananas can be observed throughout the ride. The sweet smell of tea is peculiar of this region. Tulous are rural constructions made for families and their business. They are proudly considered highly as one of the symbols of Chinese tradition and family roots. Most visitors are indeed Chinese. The touring is well organized. Pay ticket to access the historical village.
Shapes include circular and squared quarters, up to 4-5 story buildings. Usually one main door gets you to the open area in the center. On the first floor are kitchen, business; upstairs storage and up above the residential area. Many families live in each one. Sold here are tea leaves for degustation, with the traditional ritual, dry persimmon fruits and other local produces. Food is also interesting, maily based on poultry, pork, rabbit, and local veggies, including tea leaves. I highly recommend visiting this historical and unique site.

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Shanghai, China
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“Tulou of Fujian: Must See!”
Reviewed August 25, 2012

The tulou are an amazing, unique piece of China’s diverse history, built by the Hakka people over the past 1000+ years. I strongly recommend getting away from Guangzhou & Shanghai to see these unique buildings nestled in gorgeous tea and rice terraces.

The tulou in Fujian are not easy to get to from any larger city. By car, Xiamen is 2.5-3 hrs away. Even when you are in the tulou area, they are quite spread out. Tourists really must hire a driver (either car or motorbike) because the public bus system runs so infrequently.

In 2010 or 2011, the Nanjing county government opened a giant tourist reception/ticket center in Shuyang village where tourists have to stop in order to get tickets. (even though we hada guide, we had to stop there, too.) All the prices for the tulou are posted in English & Chinese. Most tickets provide entry into 2-4 different tulou or village areas. Our ticket provided entry into Taxia, Yucheng, & Tianluokeng for RMB 90. Most of the roads are very new and do appear to have gate checks to see if tourists are carrying tickets. If you happen to make it to Shuyang on your own, there will be plenty of locals waiting there to offer their transportation & home-stay services.

Taxia village is quaint and has its own unique architecture. Had I known better we probably would have lingered there a bit longer. One tulou we saw in that area was only a half: the earthen wall was complete but the inside wooden frame rooms only went half way. This was very cool in order to see how the inside was built. Yucheng lou is gigantic and somewhat awe inspiring given its age & size. It also has some pleasant scenery around the back. Tianluokeng really is amazing, especially when seen from both viewing decks (there is one below and one above). Although there are 5 tulou in Tianloukeng and people mostly just come to see those, the village atmosphere is quite alive. All the work to make paths among the tulou (which are on a hill) is done by hand as local workers haul rock & make mortar. There are chickens running everywhere and people are constantly going to & from their vegetable patches and rice paddies, which surround the village. The scenery around Tianluokeng is lovely with all of its rice paddies and tea terraces, even in the mist that seems to hang over the mountain all the time. The weather is humid, but even in July/August was much cooler than at lower elevations. If you don’t mind mud and can find the paths, walking around the village’s farmlands is fabulous. The diversity of crops and their placement really demonstrates how precious land is. One other side jaunt in Tianluokeng was the village’s daoist temple, built slightly down the hill, off to the side. In it is a rendering of the Huang family patriarch and his 3 wives who established Tianluokeng. The temple itself is clearly not in use, although it seems to have been built in the 1990s by a Huang relative who had gone to Taiwan. In any case, it is an interesting display of family history.

Staying in Tianluokeng is easy. We slept in Wenchang lou and we hired one of the local women cook dinner & breakfast. Very good, fresh food, local food. If you are squimish about seeing your dinner alive before eating it then I recommend sticking with the toufu and vegetables. The room was clean and basic, with toilet and wash facilities outside the tulou. (Locals used these, too.) Room for 1 night and 2 meals averaged to RMB 100/person. Very reasonable.

We were coming from Shanghai and, after a lot of research and map-reading, we knew we needed a driver some point. We eventually discovered www.52tulou.com and Alice Huang (tara@163.com) who provided a ton of helpful advice about getting to the area. We eventually hired a car thru Alice to pick us up at the airport in Xiamen and drive us around to the different tulou. She arranged for us to stay the night in Tianluokeng (after visiting several tulou), and then we were driven directly to our hotel in Xiamen the next day after exploring the area a little more. Alice’s company provided excellent service at a very, very reasonable price and I strongly recommend them for anyone wanting to visit the tulou. Hers is a local family-owned business and the obvious care they provide to their customers shows.

Visited August 2012
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Beijing, China
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“One of the most unique places in China”
Reviewed March 7, 2012

Having lived in and traveled throughout china for nearly 4 years, I went here on advice from a friend and boy was it worth it. This is one of the truly unique things in China. I've never seen anything else like them. Plus there are some breathtaking views and clean fresh air.

That being said, once you've seen 2-3, you've seen them all, they don't get much different. They are a world heritage site for a reason, so if you hit up xiamen swing by here for 2 days and a night. well worth it

Visited December 2011
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Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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“An experience of rural China”
Reviewed February 20, 2012

You can't say you've visited China unless you've truly been to the villages and this is a chance to visit rural china with some interesting history and culture at the same time. The huge amounts of domestic tourists on weekends can put a damper though so try to avoid that.

Visited February 2012
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