Sunday, August 26, 2012

An unique place in China-Fujian Tulou part 2

...this round Tulou is Yuchang Lou 裕昌楼, one of the famous Tulou buildings,  it is often also known as "the tilted building "or "zigzag building",  which you cannot see from the outside, but once inside you will see the vertical wooden post structure is not straight and perpendicular, but zigzags left and right. The greatest slant of the supporting pillarsis at an angle of 15 degrees and these are on the corridors to the right and left as you go in.

The building was built in 1308 Yuan dynasty. It is one of the oldest, biggest and tallest round tulou in China, covers an area of 6,358 square meters with 5 storeys and 270 rooms. It was built that way due to an error measuring the building materials. But in spite of this apparent infirmity, this tall tulou withstood 700 years of natural elements and social turmoil.

Yuchanglou's outer ring is 36 m in diameter and boasts five storeys, with 50 rooms on each floor.

Each of the 25 kitchens on the ground floor at the back half of the circle has a private water well beside its stove. This is the only tulou in all Fujian with such convenient water supply.


The original wooden sculpture, though some of them were destroyed during the Cultural Revolution...

 The interior is mostly wood and bricks

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