Top 10 Traditional Chinese Residential Houses ( top 1 – top 5 )

28/08/2014
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China is a country with a vast area and various ethnic groups. Up to now, Chinese residential houses gradually formed 10 topical styles: Siheyuan, Water Town, Mongolian Yurt, Yaodong, Tulou, Boat-shaped house, Diaolou, Diaojiaolou, Tuzhuanfang, and Bamboo building.

Top 1 Siheyuan

Siheyuan is Beijing’s traditional courtyard-style residence. According historical discovery analyses, the Siheyuan residence appeared more than 2,000 years ago. People named it because the houses in it are constructed in a square courtyard, with the main house, the wing houses and the house facing the main house. The complex creates an close friendship between 4 families.

Recommended tours to visit Siheyuan: Beijing Ancient Architecture Day Trip

Siheyuan

Siheyuan

Top 2 Water Town House

Water Town House is the representative residence in east of China, like Zhejiang province, Jiangsu province, and Shanghai. Zhouzhuang Ancient Town, near suzhou, is the popular water town. It is about 100 kilometers away from Shanghai.
The majority of residences were built in the Ming and Qing dynasties, and most of them are now surrounded by water ways. The locals live their life on the water, carry out everyday activities on the water, and wash clothes and shop from vendors in boats.

Read more about information at Shanghai Water Towns

Water Town

Water Town

Top 3 Mongolian Yurt

The Yurt is the traditional dwelling of the nomads on the grassland in Mongolia. It is a tent-like structure made from a wooden frame and covered by wool felt. Every yurt has an opening on the top, which can provide both light and ventilation, and a wooden door facing south or southeast. This residences have a big advantage: it is convenient to dismantle and remove for shepherd.

Recommended tours to visit Mongolian Yurt: 4 Days Beijing Inner Mongolia Round Trip

Mongolian Yurt

Mongolian Yurt

Top 4 Tulou

Fujian Tulou is a property of 46 buildings constructed between the 15th and 20th centuries. It has several storeys high, and houses for up to 800 people each Tulou. The people in it are self-sufficient and somewhat isolated.

Tulou

Tulou

Top 5 Yaodong

Yaodong is the cave dwellings on Loess Plateau. It can be found all over Northern China, including Shanxi, Gansu, Shaanxi and Henan provinces along the Loess Plateau. Selecting a good hill, the locals would dig a large pit, and then dig caves at the 4 sides, a tunnel leading to the ground at one side and a well in the center of the pit and build low walls at the 4 sides. There is a characteristic: in Yaodong, warm in winter, cool in summer along with being both rain and fireproof.

Yaodong

Yaodong