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A selection of details and elements in architecture and interior designs.

NEW -- July 21, 2010

The beautiful city of Suzhou crisscrossed with narrow water canals

建筑,设计的细节和元素图片Details and Elements of Architecture and Design Pictures

  • Picture of 天坛 Tiantan (Temple of Heaven)

    The tailless dragons that formed the handle of a large casted bell. The bell sat inside a small building with arch-shaped opennings on four sides. Four low gates were also set up to prevent anyone from getting their hands on it. But if you paid Y10 you may go in and kiss it if you like.

  • Picture of 天坛 Tiantan (Temple of Heaven)

    a finely-crafted handle or knob in the shape of a lion's head with a dragon on a flat ring under its mouth. They are part of the design of a large red gate.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    Chinese characters on top of the doorway,"四时平安“ (peace, tranquility, and general wellness throughout the 4 seasons).

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Swallows are common in villages. If they like your place and decided to stay by building their nests, then you are in good fortune. the nest are usually built underneath eaves or the above an entrance doorway. One I saw above a doorway; the owner installed a metal cover above the nest to shield it from rain. Here it perches on a ceiling hook.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    The character 福 fu (fortune) written on the wall directly opposite a entrance.

  • Picture of 平遥 Pingyao
  • Picture of 故宫 Gugong(The Palace Museum)
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Close-up of the previous beam with the carvings. The carvings are gold painted. The hooks are used for hanging lanterns.

  • Picture of 常家庄园 Chang Family's Compound
  • Picture of 渠家大园 Qu family's compound

    A masterfully carved and painted wood piece.

  • Picture of 渠家大园 Qu family's compound

    Detail of a corner of an eave showing the distinctive Chinese brackets know as 斗拱Dougong. Dougongs are sophisticated supportive elements - to support eaves and beams.

  • Picture of 渠家大园 Qu family's compound

    A dragon head scream into the gloomy sky. Mythical animals, such as the dragon, have good balance of fearsomeness and nobleness that suited the wealthy merchants' taste.

  • Picture of 渠家大园 Qu family's compound

    The good thing about coming to these places in person is that you can freely touch these and feel the paints peeling off.

  • Picture of 常家庄园 - 石芸轩法帖 Chang Family's Compound - Shiyunxuan Library

    The library consist of several hallways of carved calligraphy carved on stone slabs attached to the walls.

  • Picture of 常家庄园 Chang Family's Compound

    The surrounding walls outside the main entrance with the moulded calligraphic characters.

  • Picture of 常家庄园 - 影壁 Chang Family's Compound

    One of the many designed (or imaged) walls.

  • Picture of 常家庄园 - 影壁 Chang Family's Compound

    One of the many designed (or imaged) walls carved out of bricks. 砖雕brick carving is a well-known specialty of the area.

  • Picture of 天坛 Tiantan (Temple of Heaven)

    dragon heads lined the three-tiered base of the Temple's marble base

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    A 门罩 menzhao directly above an entrance doorway.

  • Picture of 关麓 Guanlu village
  • Picture of 西递 Xidi

    Menzhao inside the bouse.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    Stone relief carvings attached to a wall.

  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    This window screen was carved from a solid slab of stone. I was told that a foreigner offered a large sum for it but fortunately was turned down.

  • Picture of 南屏 Nanping village
  • Picture of 曹家大院 - 三多堂 Cao Family's Compound
  • Picture of 曹家大院 - 三多堂 Cao Family's Compound
  • Picture of 宏村 Hongcun Village

    The stone base of the pillars and wood walls.

  • Picture of 北京市 Beijing City

    Roof details of a house inside a 胡同 hutong.

  • Picture of 嘉峪关 Jiayuguan (Jiayu Pass)

    The giant gate door is made up of a metal skin wrapped around a plank of solid wood.

image of Pingyao streetimage of the main gate tower to the Chang family's compound and gardern

The compounds and manors of the extreme wealthy in 山西Shanxi's small towns and villages. See the old town of 平遥Pingyao with well-preserved Ming and Qing city wall and street layout.

image of Tiananmen gateimage of the seventeen arch bridge in Yiheyuan

Walk through Beijing's great attractions -- 故宫Gugong (The Palace Museum), 天坛Tiantan (Temple of Heaven), 天坛天安门广场Tiananmen Square, 颐和园Yiheyuan (Summer Palace).

image of Tulufan's Emin MinaretPortriat of a Uygur girl in 二堡乡 Erbaoxiang

See 吐鲁番Tulufan's well-known attractions -- 苏公塔Sugonta (Emin Minaret), 高昌城Gaochang Ruins, and 火焰山Huoyan Shan (Flaming Mountains).