Traditional Architectural Element


  • Screen Wall
     Foreign visitors may have noticed the isolated wall either outside or just inside the gate of a traditional Chinese house to shield the rooms from outsider's view. Known as a "screen wall" in English, it is called yingbi or zhaobi in Chinese. It can be...
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  • The Mythic Elements in Chinese Architecture
     Concepts from feng shui geomancy and mythic elements of daoism are usually present in the construction and layout of Chinese architecture, from common residences to imperial and religious structures.This includes the use of:Screen walls  to face...
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  • Dragon and Phoenix in Chinese Architecture
    The Chinese dragon, an emblem reserved for Imperial China, was heavily used on Imperial architecture, especially on the Imperial Palaces - on the roofs, on the beams and pillars, and on the doors. Dragon and phoenix, called Long and Feng in Chinese...
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  • Chinese Corridor and Pavilion
    Lang: CorridorA long, belt-like structure, Lang 廊, the covered corridor is a roofed passage usually with low railings and long side benches. It not only adds beauty of the surrounding scenery but also plays a useful role by providing people with shade from...
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  • Wadang
     The Wadang 瓦当 (eaves tile in English) is a treasured symbol in China's millenniums-old field of architecture, with a rich and mystic cultural connotation.Last week, the unveiling of the abundant tiles collected by Guan Zengzhu, an amateur wadang...
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  • Crystal Beauty –Stone Windows with Hollowed-out Carvings
    Windows are to construction, what eyes are to humans. Windows, which have a close connection with people, have become an epicenter of designs and ornaments. Leoh Ming Pei, a famous international architect, praised Chinese windows, taking root in the ...
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  • Screen Walls: More Than Meets the Eye
    The screen wall is a kind of isolated wall, located either outside or just inside the gate of a traditional Chinese home used to shield the inner quarters. The screen wall, called yingbi or zhaobi in Chinese, can be made of any kind of material -- brick,...
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  • Fanciful Latticework on Doors and Windows
    It is a grand feast for the eyes when lingering on the lines of China's antique doors and windows, which are legacies from the Ming (1368-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties, and when appreciating the excellent workmanship, wood, and styling. The doors...
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  • Imperial Roof Decoration, Yanshou (檐兽)
    Chinese imperial roof decoration or roof charms or roof-figures (檐兽) or (走兽) or (蹲兽) was only allowed on official buildings of the empire. Chinese roofs are typically of the hip roof type, with small gables. Variant versions are still widespread in Chinese...
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  • Chiwen
     Chiwen (螭吻) is one of the Nine Young Dragons in Imperial roof decorations and an ornamental motif in traditional Chinese architecture and art.This Chinese dragon name chiwen 螭吻 compounds chi 螭 "hornless dragon; young dragon" and wen 吻 "(animal's) mouth;...
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