Chinese vernacular dwellings: people's daily life with their by Shan Deqi

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The local people had no way out but to organize to build towers to safeguard themselves. Today, the defensive function of the towers disappeared, but the towers remain to be the witness of the past history, creating a unique historical atmosphere, producing kind of sense of alien beauty, making another contribution to the regional resident dwellings. The towers in Wuyi generally own 3 to 6 floors, a few of them 7 to 9 floors. Its plane basically takes the shape of square. The tower is divided into 3 parts: tower body, outlier floor and roof.

This garden was small and exquisite, drawing the architectural technique of Jiangsu and Zhejiang’s gardens. The water-yard in Li Shuming house at Hongcun Village was situated back of the main room, out of the vestibule and extending to the small pond; the “arm-chair for beauties” (An arm-chair, made of wood, generally used at garden; seated on it ladies Tangan Garden at Tangmo Village. The water-yard in Wang Shunfeng’s house at Hongcun Village. ) and stone balusters on which put bonsai with Huizhou style, as well as la�ice windows made of burnished bricks on the whitewashed walls, are all full of local and rural smell.

Each arch of main girders of bridge was built in two layers with seven China firs that about half meter in diameter, 30 meters in length. Then planks would be paved, columns erected, beams put up. At last, the roof would be constructed and covered with tiles. Along both sides of bridge installed the banisters. In the Linxi township there are about 15 storm-tossed bridges. Its local name is “floral bridge”. People are overwhelmed with the fact that the whole bridge fully depend upon its through- Ganlan Wood House and Storm-Tossed Bridge 35 The Storm-tossed bridge of Dong nationality with the pavilion with xieshan-style roof.

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