Video from mountain looking down.
Our good friend and host Rabin arranged for transportation - he drove as well as functioned as our tour guide. He is most generous - we are blessed to have met him at one of many English Corners we serve weekly here in Xiamen. Rabin works for a local bus/coach manufacturing company as a network administrator, and we certainly have lots to talk about regarding technology. He speaks and writes well in English.
Close-up of a Round House.
As the video shows, it is a busy place where local goods and goodies are displayed for sale - this is how they supplement their livelihood, selling their wares. The ground/first floor consists of individual rooms serving as kitchens - daily living for these vendors/dwellers is a never-ending cycle of selling their wares, punctuated with meals prepared in their respective kitchens. They have running water with drilled wells terminating in individual faucets, each strategically situated in front of their kitchen, sustaining their water needs.
The second, third and fourth floors are individual rooms for sleeping, with the top floor usually for storage. We were on the top floor.
Slanted? - Look carefully - are the supporting beams exactly at 90 degrees?
Gerda with local Hakka dweller/vendor. She displays her wares in front of her kitchen area - see door to the left of picture.
Business is thriving - we bought some souvenirs to support the local economy!
There are many homes near the river - I hope the water level doesn't rise more.....
If the water level goes up more, it make take the van with....
These buildings are near the earthen homes and it reminds me of the movie - Crouching Tiger and Hidden Dragon.
We had lunch at this place - Rabin made sure it was appropriate - he interviewed the owner, made sure the prices were reasonable and checked out the kitchen as well. We didn't want any surprises. The Chinese character meant 'Restaurant'.
Tofu Pork - we liked it.....
Duck Egg Omelet - it was excellent!
I know what you must be thinking - no we did not have rabbit stew - I did this to see if you were paying attention. Actually these albino rabbits were in a basket on one of the floors of the earthen home - honestly we do not know why they were there - we can only hope they were pets belonging to some families. The Chinese are known for eating any thing on four legs except for a chair and anything that flies except for an airplane.