As the title suggests we took a day-trip to visit one of the world famous Fujian Tulou cluster. So a little background on the Tulou. They are round or rectangular earthen structures built by the Hakka in the mountainous areas as their homes. Tulous were built with a compact mixture of earth, stone, wood and a few other things which I cannot recall. These magnificent structures were built without a single nail yet, they have withstood the test of time for over 600 years. The Fujian Tulou were listed as a UNESCO Heritage Site in 2008. There is so much to it that I think it would be best for me to refer you to the Unesco page as they are probably better at relaying history than I am.
Hello all! I have been a busy bee this week because the baby sister is around. We have been spending time together doing all that sister time stuff. It has been great having her around and I can even have her help me do some filming for the Sarawak Kolo Mee post that will be up next (promise! ). In the mean time I thought I’d continue writing about our trip to China.
Remember in the last post how I said that we visited Gulangyu and that it was a nightmare? Well this is where you will learn all about it.
When I was younger my family visited China quite a few times during our long school break. I always liked China which some of my friends found odd – especially when the horror stories about fake eggs and gutter oil started to appear. But I think that China is just so much more than the scandals spun out of proportion by the media. It is a culture, history and food heaven which you have to experience at least once in your lifetime.
Now, I’m not saying tat China is a land of candies and unicorns. Believe me when I say that China has it’s ugly side too. But being a country that is considered as a cradle of civilization, and is now the world’s most populous and fastest growing economy – a visit there promises a lifetime of unique memories.
Back again (as promised) to tell you guys about the adventures we had at beautiful Bako! We visited during our recent trip there and it was a visit of many ‘firsts’ for me. Not too sure about M because he grew up in a semi-rural environment unlike me who grew up surrounded by concrete.
Bako is pretty close to Kuching city and really accessible. It is around a 45 minutes drive away from town to the main jetty and an additional 10 to 15 minutes to the park by speedboat. Being so close to town, I do wonder why my parents never brought me there when it seems to be something most Kuchingnites have done at some point of their lives. Oh well, better late than never!