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Gaobei Tulou Cluster – Fascinating Ancient Earthen Castles in Fujian

The Gaobei Tulou Cluster is one of the most well-known groups of Fujian Tulou. It is a group of large, fortified homes built by the Hakka people in the 17th century. The Tulous at Gaobei Tulou Cluster are circular and rectangular structures designed to provide shelter for the entire clan during periods of conflict.

The Gaobei Tulou Cluster was built by three generations of the Jiang family, and today, most villagers there have the Jiang last name. The Gaobei Cluster is unique amongst Tulous in Fujian, China because it contains five different architectural styles of Tulous. Some of the structures can house up to 400 people. There are shared kitchens, wells, and communal living spaces.

Four buildings of Gaobei Tulou Cluster were inscribed on the World Heritage List, Chengqi Building, Wuyun Building, Shize Building, Qiaofu Building.


Gaobei Tulou Cluster Facts

  • Location: Gaobei Village, Gaotou Township of Yongding County, Fujian Province, China
  • Opening hours: 08:30 – 17:30
  • Ticket price: CNY 50 each for a combo ticket that includes Chengqi Building, Shize Building, and Wuyun Building
  • Recommended visit time: about 2 or 3 hours
  • Best time of the year: spring and autumn
  • Suited to: history and culture lovers, photographers, architecture fans
Fujian Gaobei Tulou Cluster
Gaobei Tulou Cluster

What to See and Do at Gaobei Tulou Cluster

1. Chengqi Building

You must see the “King of Tulou,” the Chengqi Building, during your Fujian Tulou tour. It is a circular Tulou with four concentric rings and an impressive 400 rooms, making it the largest earthen building in Fujian. It has a total area of 6430 square yards (5376.17 square meters). There are about 40 households living in the Chengqi Building today.

2. Wuyun Building

The oldest Tulou in Gaobei Tulou Cluster is the Wuyun Building with a history of over 600 years. It’s a square Tulou with four floors and 80 rooms. The fact that it’s still standing is proof of the ingenuity of Fujian Tulou architecture.

Qiaofu Building

3. The Qiaofu Building is the most recently constructed Tulou in the cluster. It is a round Tulou with three floors and 80 rooms. It looks simple but elegant compared to the other Tulous.

Gaobei Tulou Qiaofu Building
Qiaofu Building

4. Shize Building

Shize Builing is a rectangular Tulou with three floors and 160 rooms. It is the largest square Tulou of Gaobei Cluster. It has a spacious courtyard and a well-preserved structure. An impressive fact about its architecture is that the rooms are built with wood but there’s no use of any nails.


Best Time to Visit Gaobei Tulou Cluster

You can visit the Fujian Hakka Tulous at Gaobei Cluster all year-round, but the best time is during the months of March and May or September and November. The weather will be mild and comfortable with fewer crowds and a lower chance of rain. The temperature during this time ranges from 10°C to 25°C which is ideal for outdoor activities.


Attractions Nearby Gaobei Tulou Cluster

  • Hongkeng Tulou Cluster is known as China Hakka Tulou Folk Culture Village. It is distinct for a diversity of Tulous, including the impressive “Prince of Tulou,” Zhencheng Building, the palace-like Kuiju Building, the small round Rusheng Building, and the large square Fuyu Building.
  • Chuxi Tulou Cluster is another sight worth seeing when you travel to Fujian Tulou. There are five round Tulous and 25 square Tulous. This cluster sits on a hillside. You’ll have a panoramic view of the Tulous and the surrounding countryside.
  • Yunshuiyao Ancient Village has two famous Tulous, Huaiyuan Building and Hegui Building. You’ll also see an ancient banyan tree and a stone.
  • Wuyi Mountain is a UNESCO World Heritage Site for its natural wonders, spirituality, and tea plantations. You can hop on a bamboo raft on the Nine Bends Stream. You’ll find temples and famous Da Hong Pao tea here. It’s perfect for hiking and photography.


Getting to Gaobei Tulou Cluster

By Flight: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport is the nearest airport to Gaobei Tulou Cluster is. Then take a coach or train to Yongding County.

By Train: If you’re traveling from Xiamen, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, or other cities in Fujian, there are bullet trains and normal trains with stops at Yongding Railway Station. Then take a coach or taxi to Gaobei Tulou Cluster.

By Coach: There are direct coaches from Xiamen, Fuzhou, Quanzhou, and other cities in Fujian to Yongding County. These coaches depart from the main coach station in each city and can take over 3 hours to reach Gaobei Tulou Cluster.

By Private Car: Because of its rural location, taking public transportation can be a hassle and take up a lot of your time. Hiring a private driver and guide will make your trip a lot easier. The drive will be about 2-3 hours. Enjoy the view along the way. You can also customize your itinerary and visit different clusters at your own pace.

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