The beauty and elegance of ancient Chinese architecture gives it a special place in the history of the world’s architecture. China is filled with magnificent imperial palaces, breathtaking imperial tombs, mysterious sacrificial and ancestral altars and temples, as well as a variety of vernacular dwellings and religious monuments. City walls, fortifications, and civic buildings also form impressive landmarks. The Library of Ancient Chinese Architecture offers definitive coverage of all aspects of Chinese architecture. This series provides a panorama of beauty for the reader, giving access (through both prose and images) to the magnificent ancient architecture of China. This ten-volume series explores palace architecture, imperial mausoleums and gardens, private gardens, vernacular dwellings, Buddhist buildings, Taoist buildings, Islamic buildings, ritual and ceremonial buildings, and defense structures. Each volume contains color photographs, maps and illustrations, a glossary, and a chronology of major events in the architectural history of China. The authors are noted Chinese experts who have long been engaged in the study of ancient architecture, and whose dedication makes the series authoritative and informative for interested laymen and specialists alike. The editors of the series have masterfully compiled vivid photographs, charts, maps, and other illustrations to accompany the text.
Ancient architecture is one of the most important elements of China’s extensive and profound cultural patrimony. Through exploration of China’s ancient architecture, readers may access an important part of China’s cultural heritage and aesthetics. The ties between China’s architecture and religion, culture, and everyday life are inseparable. By examining the history and transformation of China’s architecture, one can better understand China and her people. The main goal of this series is to facilitate cultural exchange, deepening cultural understandings between China and the world.
Palace Architecture: Imperial Palaces of the Last Dynasty
Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang
9781627740128 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Palace Architecture explores the transformation of the palace in ancient China, from the primitive state of early palaces to the ornate and luxurious imperial palaces of the great dynasties. The magnificence of the imperial palaces embodied imperial power, and so their scale and grandeur represented the emperor’s complete rule over the people. In Palace Architecture, Ru Jinghua and Peng Hualiang explore the general layout of the Imperial Palace in Beijing, and that of the Imperial Palace in Shenyang. The authors review the design of individual palatial buildings, including their architectural planning, construction, and decoration. This volume includes 159 color photographs, 28 illustrations and figures, 2 charts, and 2 maps, providing the reader with a detailed visual account of the two palaces’ beauty and ornate design.
Imperial Mausoleums and Tombs: Resting Places for Imperial Rulers
9781627740135 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Imperial Mausoleums and Tombs takes up the art, form, and layout of Chinese imperial mausoleums and tombs, a key element of the Chinese architectural tradition. As Chinese society became more advanced, the Chinese burial tradition grew in complexity. From simple graves to the construction of magnificent imperial mausoleums, the form and design of imperial burial sites were influenced by contemporaneous social conditions, state power, techniques and artistry. Detailing the design and construction many imperial mausoleums and tombs, this book explores their lavish appearance, colorful decoration, and exquisite interior and exterior finishes with 144 color photographs, 23 illustrations and figures, 2 charts, and 2 maps.
Royal Gardens: Private Gardens of the Imperial Family
9781627740142 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Royal Gardens explores the development of Chinese imperial gardens, from the Shang dynasty to the Qing dynasty. As China developed politically and economically, the accumulation of wealth made the building of a great variety of gardens possible. In these gardens, royal families indulged in a variety of activities, such as playing chess, giving banquets, and holding hunting parties. Most of the imperial gardens no longer exist today, but several from the Ming and Qing dynasties have been well preserved, and many of those are depicted here. Royal Gardens includes 131 color photographs, 16 illustrations and figures, and 2 maps, including paintings and drawings of ancient gardens, layout plans of royal summer palaces, and gorgeous pictures of the natural beauty of China. Cheng Liyao provides the reader with detailed descriptions of various imperial gardens, offering great insight into an important element of Chinese architecture.
Private Gardens: Personal Gardens of Ancient China
9781627740159 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Private Gardens traces the origin and evolution of ancient China’s private gardens. Cheng Liyao explores the techniques of landscape architecture, including building rock gardens, placing stones and trees in harmony, and treating water surfaces. Private Gardens includes 148 color photographs, 21 illustrations and figures, 3 charts, and 2 maps, immersing the reader in these beautiful gardens of ancient China. This book includes many of the famous gardens existing in China today, illustrating details of their construction, building form, and style. Winding walkways, perforated windows, and masterfully planned scenery all serve to acquaint the reader with the splendour of the private gardens in China.
Vernacular Architecture: Domestic Spaces of Ancient China
9781627740166 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Vernacular Architecture traces the evolution of Chinese dwellings, from early nomadic cave dwellings to the classic courtyard house. Wang Qijun also discusses the techniques and materials used to construct traditional dwellings, from early mixed clay and wood construction, to the brick and concrete used in the modern era. The layouts of towns and villages are also explored in terms of feng shui, including the position of towns, the configuration of streets, and the placement of squares. Vernacular Architecture includes 121 color photographs, 86 illustrations and figures, and 2 maps, illustrating, province by province, the vernacular dwelling characteristics of different areas of China, and showing the beauty created by Chinese artists and architects.
Taoist Buildings: The Architecture of China's Indigenous Religion
9781627740173 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Taoist Buildings traces the origins and development of Taoism in China and Taoism’s effect on Chinese architecture. After exploring the tenets of Taoism and its practices, Qiao Yun considers Taoism’s effect on Chinese architecture, including the layout and construction of the palatial monastery, various temples, and palaces. Early Taoist buildings took the form of crude and simple cave dwellings or shacks, to which believers withdrew in order to lead a life of rigid self-discipline. As Taoism became more popular, temples, monasteries, hostels, and other structures came to be built throughout China. Taoist Buildings includes 128 color photographs, 18 illustrations and figures, and 2 maps, detailing Taoist temples, monasteries, and palaces.
Buddhist Buildings: The Architecture of Monasteries, Pagodas, and Stone Caves
9781627740180 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Buddhist Buildings explores ancient Chinese Buddhist architecture, most notably the monastery and the pagoda, while also considering the spread of Buddhism throughout China. Supplemented by gorgeous photographs, illustrations, and plans, Wei Ran crafts a journey that explores the most notable Buddhist architecture of ancient China. Detailing the structural evolution of the monastery, the transformation and evolution of the pagoda, the building of stone cave monasteries, and the development of lamaseries (Tibetan Buddhist monasteries), Buddhist Buildings gives the reader a complete presentation of the architecture of Buddhism in China. The dignified beauty of Buddhist architecture represents a fascinating and significant portion of ancient Chinese architecture, and this volume illuminates Buddhist architecture’s importance in ancient China and in Chinese culture today.
Islamic Buildings: The Architecture of Islamic Mosques in China
Sun Dazhang and Qiu Yulan
9781627740197 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Islamic Buildings is a richly illustrated volume that traces the spread of Islam in China, and Islam’s influence on ancient Chinese architecture. The introduction of Islamic architecture into China resulted in a unique blending of Chinese and Arab architecture. Islam spread quickly in China, with followers constructing a variety of religious buildings, including scripture halls, halls of prayer, and mausoleums. Tragically, few ancient Chinese mosques have survived to the present. The best examples of Chinese mosques are presented here with 125 color photographs and 20 illustrations and figures, documenting the spectacular interiors and exteriors of mosques that are still standing in China today.
Ritual and Ceremonial Buildings: Altars and Temples of Deities, Sages, and Ancestors
9781627740203 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
In Ritual and Ceremonial Buildings, Sun Dazhang details the formation and historical development of ritual architecture, from the Confucian ritual concept to the sacrificial architecture of the Ming and Qing dynasties. The term “ritual architecture” is applied to buildings and structures erected for sacrificial purposes. The first part of Ritual and Ceremonial Buildings traces ritual architecture as it developed from the Confucian philosophy that advocated the governing of the country by rites. In the second part, Sun Dazhang details these buildings with beautiful photographs and explanatory captions, highlighting the most spectacular altars, temples and halls of ancient China. Ritual and Ceremonial Buildings includes 119 color photographs, 26 illustrations and figures, and 3 maps, exploring the luxurious internal and external details of numerous halls and temples and displaying the skilled artistry that characterized ancient Chinese architecture.
Walls and Towers: Systems of Defense in Ancient China
9781627740210 · 6 ½ x 8 ¼ · Paperback · $28 · Fall 2014
Walls and Towers explores walls and other fortifications of ancient China, most notably the Great Wall of China. It details the evolution of these structures, from simple city walls and moats to the remarkable Great Wall. The Great Wall, often referred to as “the ten thousand li great wall,” today remains over 1500 miles long. Qiao Yun details the construction of the Great Wall, the most iconic defense structure in the world, and explains the great engineering skill that was required for the building of walls. The Great Wall and other structures are depicted in detail by a series of photographs that demonstrate their awe-inspiring beauty and strategic importance. This volume cements the Great Wall and other defense structures as integral parts to China’s architectural heritage.