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China's round earthen houses

John went to visit the earthen round houses of Yuchang.

Amazing houses, closed on the outside with no windows until the 3rd floor because of stories of tigers coming into the houses and killing people.

-JH

Tiger proof houses in China

From the Wikipedia page:

Yuchanglou (裕昌樓) is a five-storey tulou located at Nanjing County, Shuyang Town, Xiabanliao Village. It was built in 1308 Yuan dynasty by the Liu family clan. It is one of the oldest and tallest tulou in China.

Inside the round clan houses of China

Yuchanglou has been nicknamed the “zigzag building”, because the vertical wooden post structure is not straight and perpendicular, but zigzags left and right. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. But in spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 years of natural elements and social turmoil.

Round house of China

 

Yuchanglou’s outer ring is 36 m in diameter and boasts five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor, 270 in total.

China earthen houses (tulou)

Each of the 25 kitchens on the ground floor at the back half of the circle has a private water well beside its stove. This is the only tulou in all Fujian with such convenient water supply.

Windows of the round house of China