Heguilou (Hegui Building) in Nanjing County, Zhangzhou
Attractions Overview: The wonder on the swamp
Attraction Type: Building; Cultural
Chinese Name: 和贵楼
English Name: Heguilou
Best Time to Visit: All Year Round
Recommended Visiting Time: 2 Hours
Open Hours: 8:00-18:00
Admission Fee: 90 RMB / Person
Address in English: Meilin Town, Nanjing County
Address in Chinese:南靖县梅林镇
Why is Hegui Tulou So Special?
Heguilou is a buildings in Yunshuiyao ancient town, it was built by over 200 hundred wooden sticks and standing there over hundreds of years. It’s called the wonder of the world built on the swamp. Built in the Qing Dynasty, covering an area of 1547 square meters, it is the highest Tulou in Nanjing.
Brief Introduction of Tulou
A tulou is usually a large, enclosed and fortified earth building, most commonly rectangular or circular in configuration, with very thick load-bearing rammed earth walls between three and five stories high and housing up to 800 people. Smaller interior buildings are often enclosed by these huge peripheral walls which can contain halls, storehouses, wells and living areas, the whole structure resembling a small fortified city.
Where is Hegui Tulou?
Hegui Tulou, also known as Shanjiao Tuloug, is located in Meilin Town, Nanjing County, 53 kilometers away from Nanjing County.
How to Get to Hegui Tulou?
Travel with China Dragon Tours (top recommended)
If you want to get rid of hustle of transportation and troublesome navigation, you can book a private tour package which covers visiting, dining and transfer from us. Our local tour guide and driver will escort you to Hegui Tulou with speed and convenience, and take care of all the details. You just need to focus on travel.
For independent travelers you can
By Bus: There are two buses from Xiamen to Yunshuiyao villiage in Nanjing every day. They depart from Hubin South Bus Station in Xiamen at 7:10 a.m. or 12:10 p.m. and arrive at Yunshuiyao villiage at about 10:45 a.m. or 15:50 p.m. You can find the Hegui Tulou in the ancient villiage.
What to See in Hegui Tulou
The Highest Tulou
Hegui Tulou is a five stories building with a height of 21.5 meters. Hegui Tulou is the tallest of all known earth buildings in Fujian. There are 28 rooms on each floor, 140 rooms in total.
The name of the building Hegui literally means harmonies. Harmony is the fundamentality in interpersonal relationship in the traditional Chinese Culture. Just as the name suggests, people’s life in Hegui Building is quite harmonious and peaceful.
It is said that when the building was built, the land was not found to be a swamp at the beginning. After the first floor of the building was built, suddenly, the whole building sank slowly into the rotten ground like a shipwreck. The people who built the building had no choice but to pile more than 100 cubic meters on the sinking ground to support the building, so that the building is still stand there until today.
Useful Travel Tips
- It would be better for you to hire a tour guide for a better understanding of Tulou cultural.
- In summer, there are more mosquitoes there, so protect yourself from them.
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