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In China, clans' fortress homes abandoned for modern amenities
In China, clans' fortress homes abandoned for modern amenities

From the sky, some are shaped like doughnuts. Others take the form of squares and ovals. The structures are so strange and fantastic that American intelligence officers analyzing satellite images during the Cold War initially suspected they were missile silos or part of a nuclear complex. Seen from the ground here in southeastern China, though, it's clear these fortresses — with thick walls and a single, heavily fortified entrance — were designed not for offense, but for defense. And they're hardly modern technology. Since the 12th century, the Hakka and Minnan people in Fujian province have concealed and protected themselves inside tulou, rammed-earth apartment...

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