Culture insider: 10 types of residential houses across China
In this collection, you can have a glimpse of the most stunning folk residences in China.
- A watchtower, or “Diaolou” built by the Qiang people in Sichuan province
- The bamboo building of the Dai ethnic group is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material.
- The Mongolian Yurt, called “a vaulted tent” or “felt tent” in ancient times, is a domed pealed tent.
- Zhouzhuang near Suzhou in Jiangsu province is one of the few places where one can experience the life of a typical Chinese water town.
- Diaojiaolou, or stilted houses, are special residences for Tujia, Miao, Buyi and Dong ethnic groups in Hunan, Guizhou, Guangxi and other regions
- Tuzhangfang, or earthen homes of the Yi ethnic group, look like Tibetan stone-houses but their walls are made of earth beaten hard while under construction.
- Siheyuan is Beijing’s traditional courtyard-style residence.
- Boat-shaped homes, also called “boat-shaped thatched cottages” are the traditional residential dwellings of the Li people in Hainan province.
- Tulou Centuries ago, waves of Han emigrants fled south to avoid natural disasters and social unrest in northern China
- Yaodong Cave dwellings are found all over Northern China including Shanxi, Gansu, Shaanxi and Henan provinces along the Loess Plateau.
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