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Tulou & other images Xiamen, China
Posted By: danielchtong, 04-04-2010, 11:37 AM

I went over to see the Tulou ("earth dwelling", "round stronghouse" ) of Fujian province in mainland China just prior to the Easter holiday.
For a background history of the various sites of Tulou Fujian Tulou - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Fujian Tulou is however the official name adopted by UNESCO for all dwellings of this type. There is no way that I can take images of an unspoiled and unmodified Tulou.
Even with elaborate effort in preserving the historic structures and presenting it to interested tourists, destruction is everywhere. Some of destruction was done by the residents there who cannot resists the temptation of modern convenience like sewer, gas supply and road system....






Set up for tourists' viewing is really difficult for flimsy structure as shown here. I can see the need for full legal waiver for U S tourists. But that is not set up at all.




























Very sophisticated ventilation system on roof tiles of Tulou





Sorry. I took very few typical tourist shot like this one.



Some of the entrance fee goes to the colorful performance. But I would rather they spend more in preserving the old fixtures and flimsy structures



Other temple shots in Xiamen, Fujian province, China




















I should have brought in my Zenitar as my Sigma 24-60mm is not as wide as I would need in certain tight spot




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Nice series. Although, your wide angle lens would have been great with the shape & style of those buildings.
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Great series - thanks for sharing!
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Great series - thanks for sharing!
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Nice series. Although, your wide angle lens would have been great with the shape & style of those buildings.

I did not have the DA*zoom which at 16mm would have been perfect for travel

My Zenitar 16mm will also do the job but it is a prime lens with lesser convenience


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Very nice, thanks for sharing. Those pillows look really uncomfortable.
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Very nice, thanks for sharing. Those pillows look really uncomfortable.
Thanks.
It is comfy. You can try to rest your head on a coffee mug (upside down on a hard surface) and you will know it is comfortable.
It is uncomfortable to do that on soft surface like your mattress.

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It seems many of the historic sites have been serviced to tourists - during my visit to Lijiang last summer, I couldn't help but feel the embellishment. But the people there are most telling of their history.

Thanks for sharing your series
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Very interesting series...I really enjoyed it...thanks for sharing

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Those tiled roofs are really a delight to a photographer. Well captured.
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very neat shots....thanks for sharing
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Those tiled roofs are really a delight to a photographer. Well captured.
I love those tiles structure indeed.


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It seems many of the historic sites have been serviced to tourists - during my visit to Lijiang last summer, I couldn't help but feel the embellishment. But the people there are most telling of their history.

Thanks for sharing your series
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You call that embellishment? I would call them intentional destruction of historical structures/culture. Those modern addition can only diminish the sites' historical significance.


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Ive seen this in movies. I love the structure of it
Nice series. What focal length or what lens did you use for all the shots?
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Nice Tulou series there, daniel.

Some of the shots that I took in Hongkeng village :
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The first picture showa the entrance to the round tulou (earthern building)

The second picture shows the construction of the earth building. Instead of cement/mortar with steel bar in it to construct a modern building, the ancient Hakka Chinese uses earth with bamboo strips to strengthen the structure and this earthern building can withstand powerful force from collapsing.

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Wow, very nice series of shots! The composition on these looks great and I really like the colors too. My favorite shot is the first one with all those cool lines running through the photograph. Thanks for sharing these great photos and I look forward in seeing some more.
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