Gallery: Circular Hakka Houses Create Self-Sustaining Communities

Built from either stone bricks or more commonly rammed earth, these spectacular structures have walls up to six feet thick and measure three to four stories in height.
 
Built from either stone bricks or more commonly rammed earth, these spectacular structures have walls up to six feet thick and measure three to four stories in height.

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  1. M.f. Luo February 9, 2015 at 11:59 pm

    wsedrf — Some of the larger tulou I’ve been in do have a small farming area inside in case of emergency. While if they were holed up inside they would mainly subsist on stored food (it’s normal for to store at least a month’s supply), this could be supplemented by corn grown inside the structure. Each tulou also has a well, so they don’t have to go out for water.

    During WWII, Japanese troops attacked Longgang, which is now a suburb of Shenzhen. The members of the Luo clan went into their tulou and blocked the door. The Japanese tried to wait them out, but couldn’t. After a month, they resorted to bombing the structure from above.

  2. Bamboo Bridge School Wi... November 30, 2010 at 7:45 pm

    […] he had the idea to combine the school with a pedestrian bridge that connected two historic toulou (circular castles made from packed dirt). A creek runs right through the middle of the village and the toulou serve as important historical […]

  3. wsedrf June 2, 2010 at 12:50 pm

    Self sustaining? Where’s the crop production? Having food storage areas is no more self-sustaining than a modern house with a fridge and presses.

  4. akihan November 15, 2009 at 6:23 am

    Most of the Tulous currently suffer from poor maintenance and hygiene problems. An entire clan would live in one single Tulou. Contrary to the peaceful idyllic appearance, neighboring tulou may be hostile to each other, i.e they are essentially segregated communities. Modern day hakka youths do not want to live in them and are shifting to the city.

    Just to put some things into perspective.

  5. s3xt0y November 13, 2009 at 10:21 am

    Those are neat.

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