Get up close in this interactive VR lesson to learn about the houses and history of the Hakka tribe which date back to the 11th century. First forced to leave the northern China, they eventually settled in the Southern Chinese provinces of Guangdong, Jiangxi and Fujian. Literally meaning ‘mud house’, the tulou is an unusual piece of architecture which are the hallmarks of the Hakka people. Each one will usually house around 20 families with about 100 people in total. Communal packed-earth buildings in China date back 6,000 years, but tulou took the style to a whole new level both in scale and sophistication. In 2008, Unesco recognised their importance and gave 46 buildings a World Heritage listing.
Today, there are 3000 tulous spread around the southwestern part of Fujian and the adjoining areas of Guangdong and Jiangxi. In this lesson, students can now explore the tulou and learn how these buildings served to foster the communal bonds of the Hakka people.
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