||Fuyulou, Hongkeng village, Yongding
A 'Five phoenix building'
The following was written about another five phoenix
tulou in Yongding County but fits very well here as well:
"It lies in symmetry on both sides of the central
axis. The lower hall is simply a hallway; the central is the main hall, a
place for both worshipping and meeting; and the rear hall measures four
storeys in height - a living place for elders, which takes the leading
position from the overall composition, while those of junior generations
settle themselves in the 'flank rooms' on both sides, with their roofs
leaning against the hills and facing forwards, descending layer upon layer.
Simple and solemn, harmonious and integral, the entire group of
architecture lays out in order, each part of it lying in its proper major
or minor position"
(Huang Hanmin, preface in: "Lao fangzi",
p. 6, Nanjing, 1994)