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Astonishing earthen fortresses in Fujian

(People's Daily Online)    10:24, April 13, 2016

When it comes to architecture in southeast China’s Fujian province, the first image that generally comes to mind is one of earthen buildings, or “tulou” in Chinese. However, Fujian’s earthen fortresses, or “tubao,” are more visually stunning and merit a closer look.


Anliang Fortress

Located in Datian County, Anliang Fortress was built in 1810. The fortress is 40 meters wide and 35 meters long, covering a total area of 1,500 square meters.

Modeled in an irregular hemicycle, the fortress contains 15 wooden cabins sitting along the front wall. Anliang Fortress is normally used for food storage. However, during wartime, the fortress can also act as a shelter, given its defensive design features.




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