Hehu (Crane Lake) was the first Hakka house
we visited. As described in the book Hakka
Located at Luoruihe village in
Longgang town and built in 1817, Crane Lake New Dwelling is the ancestral house of the
Luos which occupies an area of 2.5 hectares in Longgang. The structure is comprised of "three central structures and two horizontal houses" which are separated by walls.
Inside the walls are found houses, halls, rooms and wells which are scattered
evenly apart and well preserved. Crane Lake New Dwelling is the largest
Hakka dwelling building in our country [?] and is now the primary focus for
the protection of cultural relics in Shenzhen.
(I am not sure whether by
"country" they mean China, the province of Guangdong, the city of
Shenzhen, or the district of Longgang.)
The pamphlet from the site gives its
165.9 meters (about 539 feet) across the
111.6 meters (about 341 feet) across the
rear (a trapezoid, not square)
104 meters (about 338 feet) deep
14,432 square meters (about 1366 square
feet) in area
This same pamphlet states that the village
contains more than 300 rooms.
homepage explains, "once the last residents had moved out, it became
deserted. In 1996, the government of Longgang Town decided to turn it into a
museum dedicated to the Hakka folk customs." The fact that Hehu is
now a museum had plusses and minuses: although it was "dead" (other
than for some staff in residence), we could poke into the rooms at
will--something we couldn't do at Dawan
Dwelling later that same day.
Float your cursor over these pictures
for a description; click on them to see larger versions.
The Main Gate
and the First Courtyard
In the Off-limits Area
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