Chengdu May 2017

Chengdu is the capital of China’s Sichuan province and is one of the only major places that has maintained its name nearly unchanged and its location from imperial to communist eras.  Chengdu served as capital to Liu Bei’s Shu during the Three Kingdoms Era (220-280 AD).  Nowadays, it is famed for being the home of … Continue reading Chengdu May 2017

Fujian Tulous Part 2: Tianluokeng, Hegui Lou, Yun Shui Yao, Huaiyuan Lou Dec 2015

Tianluokeng Tulou Cluster (田螺坑土楼群) translates to “Snail Pit” is one of the better known tulou clusters in Fujian.  It is nicknamed “Four dishes with a soup” in Chinese because of the four round buildings surrounding a center square one.  These tulous were built between the Yuan Dynasty and the 1960s.  We were first taken to … Continue reading Fujian Tulous Part 2: Tianluokeng, Hegui Lou, Yun Shui Yao, Huaiyuan Lou Dec 2015

Fujian Tulous Part 1: Chenqi Lou, Yuchang Lou Dec 2015

A 3-hour drive from Xiamen, in southeast China, takes you to Nanjing County where you will find the largest concentration of Fujian Tulous (福建土樓), or Hakka earthen roundhouses.  Not until the 1950s did people, both within China and around the world, even know that tulous existed.  Many of these large enclosed and fortified buildings were … Continue reading Fujian Tulous Part 1: Chenqi Lou, Yuchang Lou Dec 2015