Top 10 Traditional Chinese Residential Houses ( top 6 – top 10 )

29/08/2014
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This blog continue to talk about the top resident houses in China: Boat-shaped house, Diaolou, Diaojiaolou, Tuzhuanfang and Bamboo Building House.

Top 6 Boat-shaped House

In the southern provinces of China, specially in Hainan, people live in the boat-shaped houses all year round. It also called “Boat-shaped thatched cottages” in the local.

How to build this kind of house? The materials are so simple and selected from the nature. The roof is made of thatches, coconut and sunflower leaves and its fences are woven with coconut, bamboo and mango leaves. Although the decoration and modification of the houses are different, but their general shapes look like an inverted boat.

Is it stable enough? Yes, The houses can provide shelter from rain and wind, and protect its inhabitants from wild animals.

Boat-shaped House

Boat-shaped House

Top 7 Diaolou

Diaolou, also name watchtower, exists in Kaiping, Guangdong and in the alpine valleys in the east of Qinghai-Tibet Plateau today.

The multi-storeyed defensive village houses in Kaiping display a complex and flamboyant fusion of Chinese and Western structural and decorative forms. They are built of stone, pise, brick and concrete. They received a UNESCO World Heritage Site listing in 2007.

The Diaolou built by the Qiang people in Sichuan province is between 10 and 30 meters high. The Qiang ancestors built the house to store grain and offer shelter during wars.

Kaiping Diaolou

Kaiping Diaolou

Qiang Ethnic-group Diaolou

Qiang Ethnic-group Diaolou

Top 8 Diaojiaolou

Diaojiaolou is a residential house with a dense architectural flavor of the Tujia, Miao, Buyi and Dong ethnic minority, throughout the Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region, Guizhou, Henan and Sichuan provinces. It is beautiful, comfortable, waterproof, damp-proof and fireproof, and can protect dwellers from wild animals. The Dongs love to live at the foot of a hill and near a stream, and build their houses with a big ancient tree as the dividing point.

Diaojiaolou

Diaojiaolou

Top 9 Tuzhuanfang

Tuzhangfang is the earthen homes of the Yi ethnic group, Yunan, and looks like Tibetan stone-houses, but their walls are made of earth beaten hard while under construction. Its flat roof is also used for drying items. Most of these houses are found in central and southeast Yunnan. The house in the photo consists of three to five rooms. The central room has a fire-pit and is the gathering spot both for family members and guests.

Tuzhuanfang

Tuzhuanfang

Top 10 Bamboo Building House

Bamboo Building House is the residences of the Dai ethnic group. It is the stilt style building that takes bamboo as the main construction material. The buildings are mainly distributed in Yunnan province, and are conducive for avoiding insects, snakes and beasts; they are also damp-proof and well ventilated. Besides, the empty room below can be used as a store house or for poultry homes.

Bamboo Building House

Bamboo Building House