A Chain Bridge

The building in the cliff edge is a library in the ancient Cloud Rock Temple (云岩寺) in Sichuan Province. There are a thousand paths to enlightenment, but only two ways to access the 1,000-year-old sutra library: one is via a long and winding mountain track that is time-consuming, and another is a shortcut through a bridge formed by just two […]

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Ancient Chinese Terrace Pavilions

Yueyang Terrace Pavilion Looming on the shore of Lake Dongting in Hunan province, Yeyang Terrace (岳阳楼) is one of the three most celebrated ancient multistory pavilion architectures in the south of Yangtze River. In the pavilion, there is one of China’s most celebrated couplets composed by Fan Zhongyan (范仲淹), a great statesman, philosopher, writer, educator, military strategist and philanthropist: 先天下之忧而忧,后天下之乐而乐: Be the […]

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The World’s Oldest & Tallest Surviving Wooden Pagoda

Ying County Buddhist Pagoda, situated in Shanxi Province in northern China’s Yellow Plateau, is the oldest surviving timber-frame pagoda in the world. The pagoda was built in 1056 during the North Song Dynasty, measuring 67 metres tall and 30 metres in diameter, supported by a double-layered timber-frame structure, with 24 columns in the external supporting system and 8 columns forming […]

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Chinese City and Village in Eight Trigrams Formation

An Ancient Chinese Village Built in Eight Trigrams Military Formation This is Village of Eight Trigrams located in Lanxi, Zhejiang Province in China’s east coastal region. In the centre, there is a Taichi-shaped pond surrounded by village houses arranged in eight groups as an Inner Eight Trigrams. Around the village in a short distance, eight hills form an Outer Eight […]

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A Willow Building in a Chinese Village

Bamboo and willow branch are commonly used to make furniture and, occasionally, simple building structures in China. Binzhou, in China’s east province Shandong, is well-known for its handmade willow products. And now a village in Binzhou is building an e-commerce trading centre, that looks like made of willow branches, to sell its willow products online. A Chinese village’s e-commerce centre […]

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A Chinese Village House with 118 Rooms

This is a giant village house supported by 1,322 timber columns, located in the outskirts of Shaoxing in Zhejiang Province. Shaoxing is an ancient city with a rich cultural tradition and the homeland to some prominent figures in Chinese history, including the greatest hydraulic engineer and last ruler of Xia Dynasty Yu the Great (大禹, 4,000 BC), China’s greatest calligrapher […]

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