Square and Round Houses

On Sunday we flew to Xiamen. As soon as we got to the hotel, Mum collapsed into a state of ultimate tiredness (she went to sleep). This was mostly because she got off a plane from America the day before. Upon the termination of this unconscious state (when she woke up) we went to a ferry terminal to get a ferry to Gulangyu Island, on the other side of the river.

On Monday, we drove to Fujian Tulou (a UNESCO world heritage site) to see some round (and some square) houses.

Above is a picture of the hotel we stayed in: Called Yuqinglou. Below is what UNESCO says about the houses:

“Set amongst the rice, tea and tobacco fields of southwest Fujian Province, this site contains forty-six extraordinary communal earthen houses (tulou), built between the twelfth and the twentieth centuries. They are up to five storeys high, with an inward-looking, circular or square floor plan, each housing a whole clan of up to 800 people. They were built for defensive purposes around a central open courtyard with few windows to the outside and only one entrance. They feature tall, fortified mud walls capped by tiled roofs with wide over-hanging eaves. The most elaborate structures date back to the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. In contrast with their plain exterior, the inside of the tulou were built for comfort and were often highly decorated.”

We had an amazing time (Dad enjoyed the Bamboo) (Mum didn’t enjoy the ‘relaxing’ cycling trip) (I enjoyed the Bananas).

From, Thomas


  1. Granny Devon · · Reply

    Sounds as if you have had a really interesting time staying in a very unusual hotel (I have heard all about it from Bromley and have seen lots of fascinating pictures). Xxx


  2. Granny fixit · · Reply

    What a fascinating adventure. Sounds as though your Mum was really too tired to enjoy the trip. She needs a proper pampering holiday.


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