It is not only what you do in China that leaves an impression what you see also leaves a lasting memory. China has many construction marvels that stun and wow you into appreciation. Across China there are many different styles of architecture. The new and emerging style is very western and futuristic in the aid of rejuvenating the country into the 21st Century. However, the real beauty lies beneath the fancy skyscrapers and glass buildings within the traditional buildings in and amongst the busy cities. Embark on a China Tour and explore what the country has to offer whilst staying at one of China Hotels.

 

Chinese architecture refers to a style of architecture that has taken shape in East Asia over many centuries. The structural principles of Chinese architecture have remained largely unchanged, the main changes being only the decorative details. Since the Tang Dynasty, Chinese architecture has had a major influence on the architectural styles of Korea, Vietnam, and Japan. In recent times many western Chinese architects have tried to merge this traditional style with the newly developing modern architecture however, the success of these buildings has not sparked any triumph within the local people.

 

Since the early 20th Century the modern architecture has been setting new precedence within the industry as the demands for building use are exceeding those for which Chinese architecture can cater for. The need for greater floor area and more volume triggers the need for new building techniques and the introduction of new materials. The traditional way of building in China used to conjure up buildings that were no more than three or four stories high, inadequate for the desires nowadays.

 

In the past timber was used to create buildings and intricate designs. However due to the corrosive nature of the material the life span of these buildings was cut short and the service required from them was still needed. From the Tang Dynasty brick and stone became the most prominent material used in Chinese construction.

Traditional Chinese architecture was originally divided into three main categories that distinguished areas and provided a genetic make up of the urban environment in China. The first category was that of the Commoner. These were mainly living quarters and were designed around a centralized living area, which in turn ended up producing ‘u’ shaped buildings. The second category was called Imperial. This style of building was only used for the Emperors of China. A key feature of these buildings is the use of yellow roof tiles. Yellow was the imperial color. The final category was reserved for all Religious buildings. These mainly followed suit of the imperial building design.

These buildings now all bear important cultural heritage within China, there presence is most definitely felt amongst the newer emerging buildings especially in the cities. All of them posses a charm and extensive character that just cannot be created with sharp lines and glass. They are irreplaceable, therefore making them a must see attraction. Fly over via Air China and witness these spectacles for yourself.

 

Jack Li

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