Upon arrival, we had our bags taken ahead to the hotel and headed to the information centre, from which we were to walk the remaining kilometre to our accommodation. However, as luck would have it, the heavens opened up on us in a matter of minutes, covering the entire countryside in cloud cover. The rain quickly turned into a storm, which appeared to be directly on top of us. We were all standing at the entrance watching the rain when lightening hit the road directly in front of us (literally in the middle of the above photo), making the loudest thunder crack I had ever heard. Needless to say, we all jumped!
Whilst killing time waiting for the rain to pass, we hung out in the convenience store and tried out what our tour guide informed us what rat meat. A local delicacy, we tentatively tried it out (it apparently goes well with beer). It was, uh, interesting.
The rain finally subsided and we walked along the now thundering river to our accommodation. Along the way we passed a number of tulous, the local roundhouses. Turns out most of them aren’t even round!
The next day we were taken on a tour of the village. The first stop was to the above tulou, one of the largest and most famous. There is a smaller tulou on the inside, surrounding the interior courtyard.