Tulou, China’s Ancient Circular Walled Homes (Video)
China's Ancient Circular Walled Homes, known as Tulou in Fujian, China, are remarkable examples of architectural ingenuity and communal living. These structures, designated as UNESCO World Heritage sites , have a rich history dating back to the 13th century. Tulou homes are not just houses; they are entire communities enclosed within a circular structure. The first floor typically houses communal kitchens, where the aroma of various delicacies wafts through the air. On the second floor, you'll find food storage rooms brimming with provisions, ensuring that these homes can sustain their occupants for extended periods.
What makes Tulou homes truly remarkable is their ability to accommodate multiple families. The third floor is dedicated to cozy bedrooms, where families rest and create lasting memories. Astonishingly, some of these circular wonders can contain over 20 families, and in their heyday, they once held up to 800 people each. These architectural marvels offer a glimpse into a time when community and tradition were paramount. They not only showcase the Chinese craftsmanship of yesteryears but also serve as a living example of the harmonious coexistence of multiple families under one roof. Visiting one of these Tulou homes is like stepping back in time and exploring a unique chapter of Chinese history .
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Top image: Circular homes in Tulou, China. Source: bzebois / Adobe Stock.