Chinese Vernacular Dwellings (Introductions to Chinese Culture)

Chinese Vernacular Dwellings (Introductions to Chinese Culture)

Deqi Shan

Language: English

Pages: 166

ISBN: 0521186676

Format: PDF / Kindle (mobi) / ePub


China has one of the most ancient civilizations in the world, occupying a vast territorial expanse. This has led to great diversification in Chinese vernacular dwellings, rarely seen in the architecture of the world and reflecting a wide variety of different natural and cultural environments. In this illustrated introduction Shan Deqi explores a representative selection of traditional Chinese dwellings, considering their architecture, environmental setting and the lifestyles and customs of the people who inhabit these distinctive homes and have contributed to their development.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

city. The city’s free layout not sticking to one pattern is due to this favorable natural condition. The main streets of the city stand by the rivers while lanes are constructed along channels; the roads extended in line with the twists and turns of the channels, while sites of houses are well selected in accordance with the topography; it is marvelous to say that “every family can enjoy spring water and appreciate picturesque willow at windows”. It is beyond doubts that tourists both at home and

China, they usually have 2 or 3 floors, the front part of the first floor is called pillar corridor. Pillar corridors of many buildings connected , thus the public pavement was formed. It is hot and rainy in south China, in order to let people stay away from sunlight or rain, the pavement was sheltered by the pillar corridors. With the prosperity of towns, a house was added on the pillar corridor to increase the building areas, in this way the earliest arcade dwelling came into being. The

China, they usually have 2 or 3 floors, the front part of the first floor is called pillar corridor. Pillar corridors of many buildings connected , thus the public pavement was formed. It is hot and rainy in south China, in order to let people stay away from sunlight or rain, the pavement was sheltered by the pillar corridors. With the prosperity of towns, a house was added on the pillar corridor to increase the building areas, in this way the earliest arcade dwelling came into being. The

Shaoxing Prefecture Town. Small Bridges, Flowing Streams and Cottages polygonal bridges, semi-round stone-arch bridges, Ushaped bridges and elliptoid stone-arch bridges, etc. which constitute a complete system of ancient bridges. So Shaoxing is called a “museum of Chinese ancient bridges”. In distribution, Shaoxing’s bridges and buildings compose an organic entirety. For example, a bridge like Chinese character “八” (eight), located at the east of Shaoxing Town and built in the Song Dynasty, is

were built. Thus the places for daily religious activities were formed. Wheel-praying is a basic way of self-cultivation of Tibetan Buddhism, while turning the prayer wheel from le� to right clockwise is a Buddhist practice. The prayer flags at the entrance of the village. Chains of rotary wheel for people to turn were arranged around a pagoda. It was very interesting to fix the prayer wheels in the village. Inside of open small houses erected at river mouth or inside a village nearly always

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