Exploring the Hakka tulou

The Fujian tulou, meaning “earthen structure” in Mandarin, are nestled in the forested hills of southeastern Fujian province. They were built by the Hakka people between the 14th and 20th centuries. The tulous are made from “rammed earth” – a mixture of clay, sand and limestone. At one point, U.S. officials reportedly mistook the tulous for missile silos from satellite images, due to their circular shape.

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Best food in Kota Kinabalu that’s walking distance from your hostel (probably)

KK has an incredible range of delicious food walking distance from most hostels (on Gaya Street or in Kampung Air). Here we bring you our favourite food spots on a backpacker’s budget, which are (probably) walking distance from your hostel.
A quick note: single-use plastics are used excessively at KK’s market stalls. Every time we went to the markets, we brought our own takeaway containers and metal straws. We got a few funny looks from stallholders, but it was worth it to know that my straw wouldn’t end up in the sea. You can buy metal tupperware at the Sunday Gaya Street markets or regular plastic containers from any supermarket, and metal straws from Biru Biru or Nook Cafe.

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Gunung Mulu National Park 

Gunung Mulu National Park is a vast protected area of primary rainforest and cave networks in the interior of Sarawak, Malaysian Borneo. The Park contains one of the largest and longest cave networks in the world, some of which is still being explored. As there is no major road to the Park, the surrounding area is still very remote, with a few villages nearby connected by the river.

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