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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A Nine Storey Pagoda in a Taoist Temple

Shibaozhi Pagoda (石宝寨塔), the centrepiece architecture in Daoist Temple Precious Stone Fortress (石宝寨) built against a 200m high rocky hill facing the Yangtze River in Chongqing, is one of the largest wooden pagodas in China. Legend has it that the rocky hill was a stone among those collected by Goddess Nuva to repair the sky damaged by rebell Gonggong. After […]

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A 400-Year-Old Bordertown in Desert

A Bordertown in Gansu In a remote desert region in China’s west in today’s Yongtai County, Gansu Province, there is a 400-year old Yongtai City. The city was structured to function as military fortress against the Mongols and Tartars who constantly crossed the border to loot the scattered Chinese settlements. The city walls, 12 metres high and 1.7 kilometres in total length, […]

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A Brief Introduction to Chinese Buddhist Temples

A classic Chinese Buddhist temple is typically a building complex consisted of several courtyards as shown in the illustration below. Entrance The first is the entrance building, known as Mountain Gate (山门), with a square in front and three gates that represent the doors to freedom from three constraints. The three constraints are generated by our obsessions with a temporary […]

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Chinese Garden Pavilions

Traditional Chinese pavilion is normally a covered small structure with little or no wall. These open structures were initially erected at the roadside in the Warring States era more than 2,200 years ago as shelters for soldiers. After China was reunited under the Qin, a unified postal system was established, and roadside pavilions were used for the government postmen on […]

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