Religious buildings in China have a long history, among which Buddhist architectural styles can be found widely spread throughout the country.
Generally speaking, Chinese Buddhism architectures include pagodas, temples and rock carvings. Temples and pagodas built in ancient China were heavily influenced by Indian buildings. But not long after that, Chinese architects began to create their own style by distinguished peaceful and tranquil characteristics. Potala Palace, the famous thirteen-story palace, is built at the foot of a hill. It is 117.19 meters tall and 360 in length. The inside of the palace was built with timber and outside was covered with granites.

Meanwhile, Taoist architectural style, were in turn, influenced by Buddhist temples, thus there are similar characteristics in Taoist and Buddhist buildings.

Buddhist pagodas (sputa) hold an important position in Chinese architectural history, have distinvtive characteristics due to different regions and the time they were built.

Sputa in Song Yuesi Temple, Kaifeng:

the earliest Buddhism pagoda in China, as well as the only duodanary-plane pagoda in the country. It has fifteen storeys.

 

 

QingjingSi Temple (Fujian)

Facing to the south, the temple is 20 meters in height and has pieces of stone inscription in Arabian above doorframe. The Vaults of the main gate and the patterns engraved in diabases and granites shows typical traditional features.

Puti Ta (Buddha,Tibet):

stretching for about 2200 square meters with 20 angles in four sides. 40 m in height and 20 m in diameter,the nine-storey sputa have extremely exquisite frescos and sculptures in it.

Pagoda of Dengfengsi Temple, Henan Province

 

 

 

 

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