The cost of the trip will be approximate ￥450 ($75) for a group of 10
people, including guided tours and entry to attractions.
Attention please, if the group is less than 10 people, the cost
will be higher depending on the size of the group.
The registration fee doesn't
cover the cost of post-conference tours. You
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The Hakka Tulou (Hakka Earth Buildings) is
considered a wonder of oriental architecture. There are 4,000 square
dwellings and 360 round ones. Hakka Tulou, a living fossil of
traditional Chinese architecture and lifestyle, has just been added into
the UNESCO world heritage in 2008.
A tulou is usually a large, enclosed, and
fortified earth building, rectangular or circular in configuration, with
very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls between three and five
stories high, and can house up to 80 families. Smaller interior
buildings are often enclosed by these huge peripheral walls which can
contain halls, storehouses, wells and living areas, with the whole
structure resembling a small fortified city.
The fortified outer structures are formed
by compacting earth, mixed with stone, bamboo, wood and other
readily-available materials, to form walls up to 6 feet (1.8 m) thick.
Branches, strips of wood, and bamboo chips are often laid in the wall as
additional reinforcement. The end result is a well-lit, well-ventilated,
windproof and earthquake-proof building that is warm in winter and cool
The most classic Hakka Earth Buildings are Zhencheng,
During the Spring Festival of 2010, President Hu Jintao visited
Zhengchen Lou and Chengqi Lou, singing high praise for Hakka Tulou. He
said Hakka Tulou is not only a world heritage site, but a treasure of
Chinese tradition culture, a typical community where families live
harmoniously under the same roof for generations. President Hu's visit
triggered the booming of tourism of Hakka Tulou in Yongding county,
Longyan City, Fujian province.
Zhenchenglou, nicknamed "the prince of
tulou", is located in Hongkeng village, Hukeng township of Yongding
County. It was built in 1912 by the descendents of a rich tobacco
merchant. Zhenchenglou is a double ring tulou. Its outer ring is four
stories high with 184 rooms, while the inner ring is two stories with 32
rooms. The outer ring was partitioned into four segments according to
Bagua concepts of Chinese Fengshui. Western influence is evident in the
Greek style columns of the ancestral hall, and in the wrought iron
railing of the second level corridor.
Chengqilou, nicknamed "the king of
tulou", part of the Gaobei Tulou cluster at Gaotou village of Yongding
County, was built in 1709. It is a massive rotunda tulou with four
concentric rings surrounding an ancestral hall at the centre, the outer
ring is 62.6 meters in diameter and four stories tall, with 288 rooms.
72 rooms line each level, with circular corridors on the 2nd to 4th
floors, and four sets of staircases at cardinal points, which connect
the ground to top floors. The ground floor rooms are kitchens for family
branches, the second level rooms are grain storage rooms, and the 3rd
and 4th floor rooms are living quarters and bedrooms. The second ring of
80 rooms is two stories high, with 40 rooms on each level, the third
ring serves as a community library, one storey with 32 rooms; there are
370 rooms in all. The 4th ring is a circular, covered corridor
surrounding the ancestral hall. If a person stayed for one night in each
room, it would take him more than a year to go through all the rooms. At
its heyday, there were more than 80 families, up to 600 people, who
lived in Chengqilou.