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Official Unesco Page
Unesco World heritage since: 2008
Size of heritage: 153 ha
- Buffer zone: 935 ha
Fujian Tulou is a property of 46 buildings constructed between the 15th and 20th centuries over 120 km in south-west of Fujian province, inland from the Taiwan Strait. Set amongst rice, tea and tobacco fields the Tulou are earthen houses. Several storeys high, they are built along an inward-looking, circular or square floor plan as housing for up to 800 people each. They were built for defence purposes around a central open courtyard with only one entrance and windows to the outside only above the first floor. Housing a whole clan, the houses functioned as village units and were known as “a little kingdom for the family” or “bustling small city.” They feature tall fortified mud walls capped by tiled roofs with wide over-hanging eaves. The most elaborate structures date back to the 17th and 18th centuries. The buildings were divided vertically between families with each disposing of two or three rooms on each floor. In contrast with their plain exterior, the inside of the tulou were built for comfort and were often highly decorated. They are inscribed as exceptional examples of a building tradition and function exemplifying a particular type of communal living and defensive organization, and, in terms of their harmonious relationship with their environment, an outstanding example of human settlement.
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Large airport - 43 mi (70 km) Quanzhou Airport
Medium airport - 59 mi (95 km) Kinmen Airport
Large airport - 59 mi (95 km) Longyan Guanzhishan Airport
Medium airport - 74 mi (119 km) Meixian Airport
Small airport - 108 mi (174 km) Shantou Waisha Airport
Medium airport - 125 mi (201 km) Xingning Airport
Small airport - 135 mi (218 km) Fuzhou Changle International Airport
Large airport - 138 mi (223 km) Taiwan Taoyuan International Airport
Large airport - 222 mi (358 km) Kaohsiung International Airport
Large airport - 239 mi (384 km)
Bigger and popular cities in the wider vicinity are these:
These are some smaller cities that might be interesting. They are all rather close.