Hall dian

The largest single building in traditional Chinese architecture and is generally referred to as dadian (grand hall), also called zhengdian (central hall) as it is invariably built on the axis of an architectural complex.

Pavilion (Including Storeyed Pavilion, Ge )

Built normally either of wood or stone or bamboo and may be in any of several shapes - square, triangle, hexagon, octagon, a five-petal flower, a fan and more. But all pavilions have columns for support and no walls. For the storeyed pavilions, they are similar to the Lou in that both are of two or more storeys, but the ge has a door and windows only on the front side, with the other three sides all solid walls, and it is usually enclosed by wood balustrades or decorated boards all-around.


Ancient rulers used to offer sacrifices to Heaven or the gods, and architecturally It refers to a special
type of terrace-like building. Several ancient tan in Beijing, mostly dating from the Ming (1364-1644) and Qing (1644-1911)dynasties, have remained in name if not in fact.

Covered Corridor

A typical architectural style in Chinese landscape gardening. A long, belt-like structure, it is a roofed walk with low railings or long side banches. Providing people with shade from the sun and protection from the rain, it not only adds beauty to the general scenery but plays a useful role as well.

Others(Door StudsCaisson CeilingOrnamental Pillar, and Nine-dragon Walls)

The Forbidden City

Also known as the Imperial Palace, the Forbidden City is the largest ancient palace in the world with clusters of well-preserved buildings located in the center of Beijing.ĦĦThe construction of the Forbidden City followed the rinciple of offices in front, living quarters at the back; ancestors on the left and gods on the right. It was built on a north-south axis, and the throne is located right on the axis, which means all land under Heaven belonged to the emperor, and all people under Heaven were the emperor's subjects... continue