Tu Lou: The Hakka Roundhouses of Fujian

The Hakka are recorded as an ethnographic sub group of the Han, the dominant Chinese ethnographic group. They are prevalent in Guangdong and parts of Fujian provinces. This architecture, built of rammed earth is quite unique and designed to defend against wild animals and other cultural groups. It is relatively untouched by tourism, with more lived in and derelict tu lous in this area than touristified buildings. They are not always round, but most are and it seems that they are no longer being built, as Hakka people are subsumed into the dominant culture. For more details see Lowe, K.D (2012) Heaven and Earth - Sustaining Elements in Hakka Tulou at www.mdpi.com/2071-1050/4/11/2795/pdf