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Hakka Earth Towers

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Yongding has many Hakka earth towers. There are a total of 360 round earth towers, and more than 4,000 square style towers. Chengqi Earth Tower was built about 300 years ago. It took 3 generations to complete the construction. The diameter of the tower is 73 meters and it has a circumference around the outer wall of 1,915 meters. It was used as a house for 800 people in its most prosperous times. It has been called the king of earth towers. Hakka earthen building wasoriginally designed as large fortresses with family apartments in the same building. The people living in an earthen building always belonged to one family. In the construction of these buildings, the main building materials are clay, sandy soil, and gray tiles, and bamboo stripsips play the role of rebar in modern construction. The walls can be thicker than 1 meter (3.3 feet).

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