China's traditional arts command a great part of the country's rich heritage. Since ancient time, Chinese society has cherished excellence in its arts. Over centuries, Chinese arts have developed its own unique styles and forms. Singing, sculpture, calligraphy, painting, carving and others are the timeworn forms of expression in Chinese arts.
In order to consolidate the emperors' control, highlight the dignity of the imperial power, and satisfy their extravagant material lives, grand palaces were always built in large scale. For thousands of years, successive emperors spare no labor, material or money to build m... read more »
The ancient buildings use wood as chief material. And the components are mainly columns, beams, and purlins, which are connected by tenons and mortises. As a result, the wooden structure is quite flexible. There is also a unique design only found in China named Dougong... read more »
From Primitive Society to the Han Dynasty, the technique on timber structure buildings were gradually improved and perfected. Builders had mastered earth ramming skills. They also knew how to fire tiles and build with stones.
Architecture technology developped significantly during the Wei, Jin, Southern and ... read more »
Following the principle of integrating buildings with nature, a typical Chinese garden consists of the following parts:
In order to represent the natural surrounding, rockery is very important in building gardens. Liangji in the Eastern Han Dynasty made two artificial mountains by imitation... read more »
The ancient Chinese gardens, also known as traditional Chinese gardens or classical Chinese gardens have centuries-old history, rich culture and unique features. Rich in various types and full of artistic charm, ancient Chinese gardens are considered to be the best among three systems of garden building in the world... read more »
Modern Chinese architecture generally refers to the architecture built since the middle period of the 19th century.
During the period from the broke out of Opium War in 1840 to establishment of People's Republic of China in 1949, Chinese architecture witnessed a blend in Chinese style and western style. Alth... read more »
Great Hall of the People
The Great Hall of the People is located at the West Chang'an Road and the western edge of Tiananmen Square, Beijing, and is used for legislative and ceremonial activities by the People's Republic of China and the Communist Party of China. It also works as the ... read more »