As a reliable China tour operator, China Odyssey Tours is honored to be invited by tourism bureaus of various places to attend their promotion activities. A couple of weeks ago, it was invited by Longyan Tourism Bureau to visit the Tulou earthen fortress in Yongding in Fujian Province. Two travel specialists, Will and Travis, were sent to the county to visit the Tulou earthen buildings, experience the culture and hospitality of Hakka people, and inspect the tourist facilities.
Tulou is a kind of traditional earthen fortress constructed in between the 15th and 20th centuries by the ancient Hakkas. This kind of dwelling house can be round and square. In Yongding County, there are a total of 369 roundhouses and 4,000 square houses. The unique structure and size of the buildings inhabited by Hakka people, a special way of life, distinctive Hakka culture made this place a precious of China. If you’re there, you will be deeply impressed, as much as we do, by its mysterious architecture, profound Hakka culture, and amazing countryside scenery.
Perhaps Yongding Tulou wouldn’t be at the top of many people’s lists as a place to take a holiday. However, we have plenty of reasons to believe, it will soon be a hotspot. In fact, whilst there is a slight deficiency in the tourism infrastructure, hotels and tour guides, it has seen an increasing number of visitors from North European and France.
Apart from the characterful Tulou dwelling houses and lodges, the famous Guanzhai Mountain is another lure for travelers to Yongding. Located in Liancheng County, near to Yongding County, the Guanzhai Mountain is renowned for its majestic scenery and unique Danxia landscape.
It’s also worth noting that back in 2008 Yongding Tulou was inscribed as a World Heritage Site by UNESCO. In addition, a new highway has been built to boost Fujian Tulou tour. Tourists can get to Yongding after 4 hours’ drive from Xiamen, a tourist city of Fujian Province famous for its attractive seascape.