SQUARE ROUNDHOUSES // Yongding County, China

 

 

After our one night stop over in Xiamen, it was back on the road into the countryside. Our destination was Yongding County, an area known for its traditional and historic roundhouses.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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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!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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.

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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! SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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After finding that our luggage had safely made it, we sat down for some local tea. Most restaurants and houses in the area had one of these elaborate tea set ups!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The above photo is the interior of our tulou. The building surrounds a courtyard, with the kitchen and restaurant at the bottom, and the rooms on the upper levels.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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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.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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There were a number of shops inside, selling tourist knick knacks, local tea, and local tobacco.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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We visited a small, run down looking temple at the top of the village, before stopping off to try more local tea.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESI would have loved to have taken some tea home, but there is no way I would have been able to get it through Australian customs!

– Reanna.

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