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The Tulou communities on the mountainous Fujian province of China are home to the formidable “Hakka” houses.  These ingenious fortresses were built at the height of war and conflict during the 17th century in order to shelter its inhabitants and stave off intruders at the same time.

These amazing brick structures built in either square or round shapes form self-sustaining micro-communities complete with food storage, space for livestock, living quarters, temples, armories and more.

The UNESCO has cited the Tulou “apartments” as a World Heritage Site in 2008 to pay tribute to the rich architectural history and tradition of China and the innovative genius of its people. Read the full article here

By Maria Belgado