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Journey to the West with Len McClure Many of the photos on this page were taken during a trip with Len McClure, an award-winning American cinematographer who has lived in Asia over 20 years and worked with Na tional Geographic, The Discover Channel, The Len McClure on the trail--literallySmithsonian Institution, The Learning Channel, PBS--you name it, he's done it. He taught film and TV production at the Hong Kong Academy for Performing Arts for seven years, and now devotes himself to cinematography. His wife is from Longhai, across the border from Xiamen--so we claim him as one of our own! Thanks, Len, for a memorable journey.I'll cross that bridge when I come to it, says Len!

I have visited the Hakka Round Houses at least 30 times. They are, without doubt, one of the most unique forms of architecture on the planet--assuming, of course, that China is part of the planet. Chinese are always using the slogan "Go into the World!" 走向世界!. They would not have to go into the world if they Beautiful countryside on the road from Nanjing to Yongdingweren't already someplace else in the first place. I've always thought Chinese were out of this world," and one Chinese writer's description of roundhouses as "UFOs descended from sky" proves it.

But jesting aside, Hakka's ancient earthen architecture is not only a window upon the past but a possibility for the future! Earthen architecture enjoys numerous advantages.
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beautiful countryside on the way to the Hakka round houses in Nanjing

Suggested Itinerary Yongding (永定)round houses (pronouncded "tulou" 土楼) are the most famous, and are well worth the visit (nicely laid out tourist area, English-speaking guides, good accomodations and dining), but the Nanjing Hakka roundhouses (南靖客家土楼 are the most picturesque.

Bridge on the way to the Nanjing Hakka earthen housesBy Private Car (click here to rent car & driver) Take freeway from Xiamen past Zhangzhou to Nanjing. Drive the picturesque country road from Nanjing to Hakka earthenhouses (Fuxing Lou, Hekeng Group, etc.). Drive another 1/2 hour to Yongding. Spend the night; return the next day via Longyan and the freeway.
see the water buffalo?
By Bus If you are going by bus, busses leave Xiamen for Longyan about every half hour from the Hubin Nan Lu Long Distance Bus Station
(厦门市湖滨南长途汽车站, Xiamen Shi Hubin Nan Changtu Qiche Zhan). It's a 212km ride, and as of today costs about 55 Yuan one way. In Longyan take a bus to Yongding.

Hakka Silos?! ICBM Silo or Hakka earthen round house?  You be the judge!
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US satellite once mistook Hakka residence as nuke base
"The old residence of Hakkas, a minority nationality in Nanjing County of South China's Fujian Province, built completely with immature soil, has stood rock firm for several centuries and is therefore dubbed "the world's eighth wonder" by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" issue January disclosed that US surveillance satellite once created a ridiculous story.girls playing in a Nanjing Hakka round house

country cooking -- with propane"The old residence of Hakkas, a minority nationality in Nanjing County of South China's Fujian Province, built completely with immature soil, has stood rock firm for several centuries and is therefore dubbed "the world's eighth wonder" by UNESCO (the United Nations Education, Science and Culture Organization). "The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists" issue January disclosed that US surveillance satellite once created a ridiculous story.Outer ring of a Hakka round house just west of Nanjing

Bamboo craftsman in Hakka round house"One day in 1985, the then US President Ronald Reagan read a report from the intelligence bureau under the Department of National Defense. "We are not joking here to use 'group'. The group nuclear base is likely to be a fact. According to our report through the KH22 satellite hovering, there are over 1, 500 unidentified huge mushroom-like buildings in Fujian Province of China, which are extremely similar to nuclear equipment. New penetrative satellite can observe through high buildings, but failed in front of the 1, 500 high-rises, in which China's sophistication of nuclear research can be seen. Therefore, it is necessary to grasp the nature of the buildings."inside a three-storey Hakka round house

entrance to Hakka round house"One day in December 1985 it was snowing in Beijing. A couple from US New York Institute of Photography paid a special visit to China to take photos.

"The film slide they made received praises from the fans, who couldn't imagine that the real objective of the couple's trip was not to enjoy China's beautiful landscape, but was aimed at the Hakka buildings suspected as nuclear bases.

A granny in a Hakka round house"The two persons were received by the Federation of Literature and Art in Zhangzhou City of Fujian Province on December 18. They went to see Hakka residences in Nanjing County 50 kilometers from Zhangzhou, where they took photos. Back in the United States, the husband delivered a "South China Investigation Report" to Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), explaining why the buildings were mistaken as ones for special purposes: their peculiar round and square exterior presented through bird's-eye view.

"The suspicion finally vanished into thin air."

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artwork inside the shrine to the local god sacrifices

Concentric rings

Hakka roundhouse with two outer rings A square round house?

Coffin Maker in Hakka Round House community Yongding -- a picturesque scene

Yongding Round House Roundhouse

The Men of the House -- Hakka Round House in Nanjing The ones who really run the show!

Fuxing Lou Round House in Nanjing Entrance to an earthen round house

 

Earthen architecture two rings in this round house The Hekeng Group are the most beautiful (between Nanjing and Yongding)

inside a grand old 4 storey square earthen building in Yongding Souvenir shop at the Yongding Hakka Cultural Heritage Center a camouflaged trash bin at the Yongding  Round House tourist site

Making a grand entrance in Yongding At the entrance to the Yongding Hakka Earthen architecture tourist center

Water wheel at the Yongding Hakka heritage center Yongding Hakka Cultural Heritage Center

Yongding Hakka Cultural Heritage Center Inside the famous Zhengcheng Building  altar and worship area for ancestors

Beautiful woodwork and detail inside the Zhengcheng Building in Yongding Hakka Cultural Heritage Center Yongding Hakka Cultural Heritage Center's famous Zhengcheng Building

 


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