Category Archives: Architecture

Tulou 土樓 Communities, “Closed Outside, Open Inside” – a Variety of Chinese Courtyard Architecture

These reviews in which we get entangled do not result in more reviews of Yang Shen, but often they engulf the reviewer in unexpected subjects which themselves are engrossing. My review of Tom Carter’s China, Portrait of a People, which … Continue reading

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Video Survey of Chinese Architecture

Here’s a new playlist that presents a quick overview of many aspects of Chinese architecture. The playlist begins with some of Tom Carter’s photos in a video that selects those showing buildings, houses, and other structures. Besides being a photo … Continue reading

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Chinese Courtyard Houses 四合院

Like paper dragons and lion dogs, the courtyard house is another Chinese icon. They are diverse in architectural style, and differ from place to place (particularly north and south), but the house essentially is a walled compound with a single … Continue reading

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