Wednesday, May 28, 2008

Visiting a Haka House

In the afternoon, we visited a type of house found in the Fujian province. These are large, multifamily dwellings originally built for protection from raiders. Some of the houses that we saw date from the 18th century. They are built around a central courtyard, and are often 3 or 4 stories high. The walls are made of compacted soil reinforced with bamboo and perhaps rice. With over 10,000 of these houses still in existence in the Fujian province, they are still the home to many people in the area. We probably saw over 50 on our drive through the countryside. Two of the ones that we visited have rooms for rent, so you can, if interested, stay in one of these houses for the night.

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