Aug 08, 2022

Shandong’s unique seaweed bungalows! (Pics)

Nestled in the coastal area of Wehai in China’s Shandong Province is the Dazhuangxujia village, which stands out as a unique location.

The uniqueness is due to the age-old bungalows in the area which are roofed with dried local Kelp, giving them a unique and nostalgic air.

With their light brown and grayish white roofs, these bungalows are known as seaweed bungalows by the locals.

According to the reports, there are around 290 such structures in a 6,000 ft. area of the Dazhuangxujia village.

Many of these houses can be seen in the coastal areas of Weihai, Yantai, and Qingdao in the Jiaodong Peninsula of east China’s Shandong Province.

According to information, there are more than 50 seaweed bungalows in Weihai which date back to over 200 years.

Seaweed bungalows date back to the Qin Dynasty (221 BC-207 BC) and became common residences during the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368).

In 2006, the architecture of the seaweed bungalows was added to the cultural heritage list of the Shandong Province.

By now, Shandong authorities are utilizing these unique structures to attract tourists with some refurbished as luxury tourist bungalows.

A set of such tourist bunglows is located near Rongcheng Huaxing Hotel in Weihai to provide the experience of these seaweed bungalows.

There are about 7 bunglows there with each costing around 6,800 yuan (Over LKR 350,000) per night.

The following are photos of several seaweed bungalows in the province as well as the refurbished structures for tourists.

(Report & pics - Kelum Shivantha reporting from Shandong)

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