Traditional Chinese Residences (English)

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In prehistoric times, dwellings were crude, and tended to be similar in design the world over; they differed only in the availability of local building materials and the topography they had to adapt to. As the techniques of production improved, the styles of clothing, cuisine, transportation, etc. of different peoples gradually took on their own national colors and cultural characteristics. The same was true for the shelters that people built to dwell in, and a wide diversity of styles formed all over the world. Chinese residences, in particular, occupy a unique place in the history of world architecture.

Table of Contents
A Survey of Traditional Chinese Residences
The Development of Traditional Chinese Residences
The Artistic Features of Traditional Chinese Residences
Proper Layout: The Void Accompanied by the Solid
Tranquil Interior Surrounded by Solid Walls, Displaying a Picturesque Tone
Simplicity, Elegance and Connection Between Exterior and Interior
Tasteful Decoration in Bright Colors
Poetic and Melodious Beauty
Major Architectural Forms of Chinese Residences
The Courtyard House of Beijing
Residences in Qixian County, Shanxi Province
Cave Dwellings
Residential Buildings in southern Anhui Province
Residential Buildings in the Southern Region of Rivers and Lakes
Red-brick Dwellings in Quanzhou
Earthen Buildings in Fujian Province
Fortified compound in Southern Jiangxi Province
The U-shaped Compounds of the Hakka
Fortified Buildings in Kaiping
Flagstone buildings in Guizhou Province
Residential buildings of the Koreans
Mongolian Yurts
Residential buildings of the Uygurs
Houses on Stilts
Residential Buildings in Lijiang
The Houses of the Bai
Tibetan fortified Manor Houses Appendix
Locations of Major Types of Chinese Residences
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Traditional Chinese Residences (English)