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.
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.”