Chinese Architecture

Chinese architecture is most famous for the Great Wall, Forbidden City and imperial Mausoleums of Qin Shihuangdi. Probably the most under-appreciated structure in all of China is the Forbidden City. But, there is so much more to Chinese Architecture than those buildings. The Chinese temples are large and extravagant. The Chinese palaces are a pleasure to look at. Even their roofs are breathtaking and detailed to the last drop of gloss or paint. The Chinese imperial gardens and private gardens are very beautiful. And different architectural style’s vernacular dwellings in different area of China. If you would like to find more information about Chinese architecture, then you have come to the right place.

A traditional Chinese structure is based on the principle of balance and symmetry. Ancient cities, Imperial palaces, temples, gardens, and vernacular dwellings all follow the principle that the main structure is the axis. The secondary structures are positioned as two wings on either side to form the main room and yard. The distribution of interior space reflects Chinese social and ethnical values. For example, a traditional residential building assigns family members based on the family's hierarchy.