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Old Apr 4, 2010, 1:04 PM   #1
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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 http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fujian_Tulou
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


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Old Apr 4, 2010, 1:20 PM   #2
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Danie! Very interesting and well-done photos! Just enjoyed them all!! Thanks.

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Old Apr 4, 2010, 1:33 PM   #3
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Danie! Very interesting and well-done photos! Just enjoyed them all!! Thanks.

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Thanks Ned
This series have other shots of another temple in Xiamen, Fujian as there was limit of images posted in here

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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Very well done, Daniel-

Thanks for posting. These are very unique and interesting photos.

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Can only agree with the comments above, interesting pictures and splendid photography. Good thing is that you'll have to go back again to retake some shots with your Zeni :-)
Are you posting these from HK or are you back home?

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Thank you for sharing these Daniel.
I find the Chinese architect absolutely fascinating.
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These are great! I'm going to have to come back and look more closely when I get a little more time.

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I agree that more should go to the preservation of the building, but too often tourists don't come to somewhere there's not much "show". I see that at Bodie, which hasn't been very crowded when I've been there compared to Knotts Berry Farm or some other places in SoCal.
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Very interesting subject matter, thanks for the quick tour.
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Fascinating pictures Daniel. I certainly hope they devote the necessary resources to preserving this unique place. It seems like a place that definitely should be preserved. I'm a bit embarassed to admit it, but I really like your "tourist" shot.
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