THE GREAT WALL… OF TULOU // Yongding County, China

I swear I am getting closer to finishing all my holiday photos. However, I am still thoroughly enjoying the process of reliving all these memories, and it is not as if my life in Melbourne is overly exciting photographically at the moment.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The remainder of my photos from Yongding County are from the rest of our full day in the area. After drinking a ridiculous amount of tea we continued our tour around the village, which was quite spectacular to see. It seems this place is in the process of establishing itself as a tourist hotspot – the information centre, for instance, was brand new but absolutely dead – so it could be interesting to see if it gets busier in the coming years.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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A number of our tour group are getting their photo taken with some domestic tourists in the above photo. A rather regular occurrence!SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

This is another view from inside our tulou, looking down from one of the upper floors over the inner courtyard.

The tulou below is the remnants of a great building that was bombed.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Part of our tour group ventured over to another nearby village in the afternoon. We were told by our tour guide we could hire bikes and ride over here, but found out moments before leaving that there were no bikes to be had. Our hotel owner ended up driving us over – for a fee – before passing us along to his friend who took us to another grand tulou he owned, asking us to pay for entry. We kindly declined, but ended up paying him to go to a viewing platform, that we later decided was definitely a public area.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Taking photos of the tulou, but not paying to go in #budgettravelsSAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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The viewing platform gave us an amazing view of the valley, and what is coined the ‘Great Wall of Tulou’. You can see the distinct shapes of the buildings in the villages.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

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Annnnnd then it rained. However, it was quite spectacular to watch the clouds and rain roll in from our vantage point. This is looking at the same view as my first photo of the valley about 15 minutes later.SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURES

SAMSUNG CAMERA PICTURESThis is the tulou we stayed in. It was quite an amazing experience to be able to live in a historic building that is still a communal home to a family.

I actually believe these are the last of my photos of China! There is, however, still Hong Kong and Malaysia to go!

– Reanna.

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