Last stop on the Tulou tour was Taxia village, which we almost didn’t make at all. We’d heard rumours about it being closed during the day because of “roadworks” on the way. Finally when it came to the time to move there the driver smugly announced that it was closed so we should head back. Foolishness when H was in the car, after a brief minute or so of “chat” we were on the road to Taxia (she pointed out that we’d paid for the day and we’d go back when we were ready, if we couldn’t go to Taxia we’d visit another cluster of tulou 80km further away from Xiamen… you’ve never seen anyone get the car started so quickly).
On the way to Taxia the driver told us the real problem (as he understood it). I mentioned on a previous post that apparently the villagers only get paid 200 rmb per year to endure their houses becoming tourist attractions and apparently at Taxia they’ve decided that enough is enough and are trying to get this increased by stopping the cooperation with the local government. In return Taxia is reported as closed by just about everyone until this is all resolved.
So, there were no roadworks and we basically had Taxia to ourselves for an hour… Unfortunately it had started raining quite heavily and we were already quite tired from all the walking at Tianluokeng and Yuchanglou so we didn’t explore as much as we might. Anyway, here are some pics: