Tulou – World Heritage Preservation

Project Details

Code: DWC-03-17
Start date: 19 ago 2017
End date: 27 ago 2017
Term: Workcamp (6-15 days)
Category: CULTURAL
Theme: CULT, HERI, RENO
Country: China
State: Fujian Province
Airport: Xiamen Gaoqi International Airport (XMN)
Cost: 170
Currency: EUR
Minimum Age: 18
Maximum Age: 99

Description

Tulous (土楼) are unique Chinese rural dwellings built between the 12th and 20th centuries by the mountainous Hakka people living in Fujian. In China, the Chinese traditional concept called “Feng-Shui” focuses on the relationship between human being and nature. Therefore, the Tulous were built with great consideration of the harmony with and respect for their surrounding nature in a very sustainable and energy efficient way, using local materials. They are interdependent with the mountains and rivers and form an ecological connection with nature over time. However, with globalization and the expansion of cities today, the environment is sometime ignored and new structures are being built around the Tulous.

Moreover, a Tulou is usually inhabited by one family clan of several generations, and the enclosed structure allows for members to work together defending each other. Individual rooms provide privacy, but there are also communal areas, which provides for cultural gatherings and communication. Nowadays, the community dependence is weakening with young inhabitants moving out to the cities for work or for school. Emphasis on private property is growing and villagers prefer living in larger and more modern buildings.

Work And Activities

• Learn why and how to renovate Tulou and assist in renovating and beautifying its surrounding environment
• Share the World/Cultural Heritage of your country with the local people
• Make a promotional video about Tulou together with other volunteers to share about its social background, history, local
culture, and sustainable architecture
• Interact with local villagers through cultural activities
• Participate in discussion on changemaking stories or ideas on world heritage preservation and sustainable building
structures whether they are from your country or from others

Accommodation And Food

Workcampers will be staying in an old village school dormitory with simple beddings. Basic local meals will be provided three times a day at a local villager’s home, with possibly a day where volunteers may cook and share their own country’s food.

Place

Da Ling Xia Village, Yongding, Longyan, Fujian Province

Language

English