the mist was coming down fast and we had to get out of the van to take some photos as soon as possible. There were many bends in the highway so it was also not too safe to stop for too long. But our driver was very kind and obliged.
|Another long house of" red mud" walls and concrete floor. Here the doors are very obvious. However an additional characteristics = upper floor balconies which go around the front and sides. These are again divided by walls to delineate family units.|
|A view of on of the longest longhouse we saw. A cement parth in the front...This longhouse was down in the valley.|
|We understand from some people that in the early 50's Chairman Mao encouraged many provincial and local governments to construct these kinds of long houses to help increase the number of proper housing in the villages. People could live closer together and develop a strong communcal spirit. However there is little reference or source to help further this discussion.|
We were to meet many of these long houses...in fact we did wonder if there were longhouses built before 1950's in China.
Does any one have any stories about longhouses in the Fujian Province in China? Has any research be done regarding them?