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2010 Feng Shui

Yin Yu Tang Style

5. Carved Decorations Although the Hui style of construction was particular to the Hui Zhou area, the carving skills of the craftsmen there were well known and admired throughout China.  The quality of their work became the benchmark against which other architectural schools evaluated their productions and of course, emulated. In the Yin Yu Tang house, […]

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d) “Hall on the second floor” and “Horserace” house Long ago, only persons of the Yue nationality lived in the Hui Zhou area.  In order to adapt to the inhospitable climate and natural environment in that region, the Yue lived in houses that employed the “stem column” construction.  (See picture) In this kind of construction, […]

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c) The main hall The Main Hall of the house consists of three rooms that face the Sky Well.  The center one of these three rooms is called the “Ming Jian” (Opening Hall).  It is used as a reception hall.  In the case of the Ying Yu Tang, this room has no doors in order […]

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b) The Sky Well The Sky Well in Hui Style architecture is the most important feature of the house.  It is a variation on the courtyard of the Central-Courtyard Houses found in northern China.  Unlike the courtyard in the Central-Courtyard houses, the courtyard or “Sky Well”, in the Hui Zhou area is very small, similar […]

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The Horse-Head Wall What is the Horse-Head Wall? If you visit the Yin Yu Tang you will see some decorated protruding portions on the tops of both side walls which are higher than the rooftop.  This extended portion of the wall is yet another Hui Style form, called the “Horse Head Wall” since its protruding […]

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(ii) Shape The roof style of classical Chinese architecture can be divided into five basic forms. In this article, I am only introducing three forms: Hard Hill (please see picture above); (ii) Hanging Hill; (iii) Veranda Temple. Please see slideshows. Hard Hill and Hanging Hill were used for residences of the lowest rank. The two roof […]

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Traditional Chinese buildings are organized by their three main parts: (i) the roof; (ii) the base (foundation); and (iii) the body/walls (see the picture).  According to Chinese philosophy, these three parts symbolize the three powers – Heaven, Earth and Man.  For example, the roof represents heaven and is the most important part in classical Chinese […]

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Recently, in an article published in the Salem Gazette, I described how Chinese Feng Shui was used as a guide to the construction of Yin Yu Tang house, the ancient Chinese House exhibited at Peabody Essex Museum in Salem, Massachusetts. (The articled can be read online – http://www.wickedlocal.com/salem/fun/entertainment/arts/x1526284304/The-house-that-feng-shui-built-Yin-Yu-Tang-is-a-window-to-the-ancient-practice). The museum has done a truly wonderful […]

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3.    The best marriage relationships Each year has its unique earth magnetic energy that is believed to influence the personalities of people born in that year.   Two typical energies can be combined and converted into a stable energy.  In terms of marriage, it is believed that couples get along because the energies represented by their […]

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2.    Chinese Zodiac The next thing we need to learn is the twelve animals of the Chinese Zodiac.  As most of you know, each year in the Chinese zodiac is represented by an animal.  For example, 2010 is the year of Tiger.  Actually, these 12 animals are symbols of 12 kinds of earth’s magnetic powers.  […]

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