Hakka House · Hakka Walled Village

Hakka, literally means “guest families”, has an etymological meaning of strangers. The Hakka is a member of a people of southeastern China, particularly Guangdong, who migrated from the north during the 12th century.

Hakka House · Hakka Walled Village

Hakka Houses have evolved into variations in different areas and along the different periods in history. Their shapes varies: round, semi-circle, oval, square, pentagon, or irregular, each according to their own unique features. In different regions, people have different names for the Hakka houses. In Jiangxi, they are referred to as “Tuweizi”, “Tulou” in Fujian, and “Weilongwu” (Hakka walled village) in Guangdong. Despite having different shapes and names, Hakka houses all share a common purpose, ie. clustered living. The early Hakka people built walled villages of clusters of residences for the group to adapt to local environment as well as to defend against intruders. These Hakka walled villages incorporated protective features against theft and fire. They feature facilities for raising livestock, processing and storage of food. The variety of forms of Hakka houses mirrors the social life of the Hakka people.

Hakka Walled Village in Shenzhen

In the Ming and Qing Dynasties, Hakka people that migrated to Shenzhen built many Hakka walled villages. These walled villages were mainly built with pebbles and pounded compound earth, with bricks as supporting materials. They were fully closed on all sides, with gate at the front, some have blockhouse. The Hakka walled villages served many functions including agricultural production, culture and living, as well as defence and security. These walled villages provided a solid fortress for the Hakka people to enjoy a peaceful living after they had migrated to southern Guangdong to start a new life. With the passage of time, many Hakka walled villages has disappeared. Yet, a few dozens surviving ones stand witness to the history of Shenzhen and has become a treasured heritage of thecity. These Hakka walled villages exude a unique charm of a bygone era.

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Hakka House: Longwei Shiju 龙围世居 Hakka walled village: Xiuling Shiju 秀岭世居
Longwei Shiju 龙围世居 Xiuling Shiju 秀岭世居
Hakka House: Xiushan Shiju 秀山世居 Hakka walled village: Xinqiao Shiju 新侨世居
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Hakka House: Changlong Shiju 长隆世居 Hakka walled village: Qingpai Shiju 青排世居
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Hakka House: Zhengbuling 正埔岭 Hakka walled village: Meigang Shiju 梅崗世居
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Hakka House: Anzhen Shiju 安贞世居 Hakka walled village: Datian Shiju 大田世居
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Hakka House: Xibu Shiju 西埔新居 Hakka walled village: Jikeng Shiju 吉坑世居
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Hakka House: Shihuipi Shiju 石灰陂 Hakka walled village: Jintang 锦堂
Shihuipi Shiju 石灰陂 Jintang 锦堂
Hakka House: Panlong Shiju 盘龙世居 Hakka walled village: Longwan Shiju 龙湾世居
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