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Traditional Chinese architecture can be classified into four categories residential houses royal palaces recreational structures and temples The basic feature of the Chinese architecture is rectangularity- shaped units of space joined together into a whole Their style combines rectangular shapes varying in size and position according to importance into an organic whole Each level is clearly distinguished So these Chinese style buildings have a powerful and appealing exterior When people come to China the first thing that they notice is the curved roofs bold colors and intricate outlines In Chinese architecture the main structure is the axis and the secondary structures are positioned at two wings on either side to form the main room and yard Residences official buildings temples and palaces all follow these same basic principles Another characteristic of Chinese architecture it that they use a wooden frame structure with pillars and beams Wood has been a main construction product for thousands of years Nails are not used when building a structure which is different from us Wood to the Chinese respectes life and life is the main thing in Chinese culture This feature has been preserved up to the present Builders would apply a lacquer to the wood to preserve it These lacquers were made in bold colors and this became one of the key ways to identify Chinese architecture The highly varied color found on a traditional Chinese building have a symbolic meaning to the Chinese culture People would paint dragons flowers birds and landscapes on these buildings These are called murals that are painted onto the buildings to give it more meaning The Chinese would make a platform and build the structure on the platform A high platform would add strength elegance and honor to large buildings The roofs on the Chinese buildings are also very important Roofs usually slope down on both sides in a simple fashion Traditional southern Chinese residences including those on in Taiwan have ceramic
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