See the Unique Anatomy of These 10 Classical Chinese Buildings

Piyong Hall at Beijing Imperial College. (Image:
Piyong Hall at Beijing Imperial College. (Image:

Ancient Chinese architecture is an art form that incorporates geography, climate changes, religion, culture, and customs into a single structural expression that is both unique and functional.

The quadrangle, Hui style architecture, and Hakka Tulou are traditional types of Chinese architecture which exemplify exquisite internal design and structure on the one hand, and a mysterious exterior on the other.

Taiwanese scholar, Li Ganlang, is a professor in architecture with 40 years of teaching experience, as well as a painter.

Li Ganlang at work. (Image:

Li Ganlang at work. (Image:

Li says that the complex mix of construction materials makes Chinese buildings difficult to study.

Since 2005, he has been painstakingly hand painting deconstructed pictures of acclaimed Chinese buildings based on his studies and interests.

Here you can see 10 of them. They are:

  1. Yanqing Temple, Wutai Mountain.
  2. The Temple of Heaven in Beijing.
  3. Dule Temple in Jixian, Tianjin.
  4. Zhengding Longxing Temple, Hebei. Built in the Southern Song Dynasty.
  5. Mogao Cave 96 in Dunhuang, Gansu. One of 492 temples in that system.
  6. A watchtower on the Great Wall at Badaling.
  7. Piyong Hall at Beijing Imperial College.
  8. Anzhen Fort in Yong’an, Fujian.
  9. A Wannan residence, one of the representative building styles in South China.
  10. Eryi Tower in Hua’an County, Fujian.

Cutaways of 10 styles of Chinese buildings. (Image:

Research by Ming Yue

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