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Ancient Architecture

Chinese architecture refers to a style of architecture that has taken shape in Asia over many centuries. The structural principles of Chinese architecture have remained largely unchanged, the main changes being only the decorative details. Since the Tang Dynasty, Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of Korea, Vietnam and Japan.

The architecture of China is as old as Chinese civilization. From every source of information - literary, graphic, exemplary - there is strong evidence testifying to the fact that the Chinese have always employed an indigenous system of construction that has retained its principal characteristics from prehistoric times to the present day. Over the vast area from Chinese Turkistan to Japan, from Manchuria to the northern half of French Indochina, the same system of construction is prevalent; and this was the area of Chinese cultural influence. That this system of construction could perpetuate itself for more than four thousand years over such a vast territory and still remain a living architecture, retaining its principal characteristics in spite of repeated foreign invasions - military, intellectual, and spiritual - is a phenomenon comparable only to the continuity of the civilization of which it is an integral part.

  • Chinese Gallery Bridges

    Gallery bridge or bridge gallery is a remarkable signs of Chinese gardens. Uaually, it consists of several eight-square or hexagon pavilions connected by sections of covered bridge.

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  • Flowing-Cup Pavilion

    This is a pavilion that used to serve as a place of recreation for men of letters. Under the stone floor of the pavilion, the water is winding along a channel from a spring...

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  • Storied Pavilion

    The Chinese 'ge' is similar to the 'lou' in that both are of two or more stories, but the 'ge' has a door and windows only on the front side, with the other three sides all solid walls and it is enclosed by wood balustrades...

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  • The Number Signs in Chinese Architecture

    It may not be common knowledge among western visitors that the number 'nine' carried a special significance in old China. Ancient Chinese regarded odd numbers as masculine and applied it to achitecture.

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  • Chinese Architecture

    Our content for Chinese Architecture had moved to a new page. Below are just parts of the architectures in China. Hall,altar,palace,passes,aobao,studio,bridges,temples,pavilions,archway. For more Chinese architecture....

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  • Chinese Altars

    The Chinese 'Tan' is an altar where the ancient rulers used to offer sacrifices to Heaven or the gods, and architecturally it refers to a special type of terrace-like building. Several ancient 'Tan' in Beijing, mostly dating back to..

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  • Altar of the Land and Grain

    In the Zhongshan Park in central Beijing lies a terrace filled and surfaced with earth of five different colors. This is Shejitan (the Altar of the Land and Grain), popularly known as Wusetu....

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  • Zoomorphic Ornaments

    Chinese palaces, temples and mansions have a special kind of ornaments called wenshou or zoomorphic ornamentson their roofs, sometime on the main ridges and somes on the sloping and branch ridges.

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