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This book uses the concept of the region to introduce traditional Chinese villages in ten typical areas. Most of the villages have been included in the World Cultural Heritage List or the Tentative List and reflect the diversity of rural and traditional life. Richly illustrated with pictures of architectural decorations, dwellings, day-to-day country life and aerial views of settlements, it not only enhances readers’ knowledge of China’s traditional architectural culture but also provides inspiration for architectural creation. It is a valuable resource for graduate students, lecturers and researchers in the field of traditional villages, heritage conservation and Chinese architectural culture.

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Frontmatter

Chapter 1. Introduction: Diversity of Cultures, Villages and Architecture

Abstract
It is undeniable that human culture is an extremely diversified phenomenon. Taking region as a clue, this book introduces traditional Chinese villages in ten typical areas. Most of the villages have been included in the World Cultural Heritage List or the Tentative List, which reflect prominently the diversity of rural and traditional life. It is hoped that these sketchy texts can slightly increase readers’ knowledge of traditional architectural culture and provide some inspiration for architectural creation.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 2. Happy Families in Heavenly Dwellings, Huizhou Merchant Villages in Southern Anhui Province

Abstract
Huizhou refers to the administrative area of Huizhou Government in Ming and Qing Dynasty.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 3. Lofty Buildings Towering East and West, Kaiping Watchtower Villages in Central and Southern Guangdong Province

Abstract
Diaolou (Watchtower)” is a unique type of traditional Chinese dwelling. As its name implies, it is unique in shape and resembles a fortress.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 4. Round and Square Buildings and Five-Phoenix Mansions, Ancient Villages in Southwestern Fujian Province

Abstract
Tulou, literally “earth buildings”, are mainly distributed throughout Fujian, Jiangxi, and Guangdong provinces in southeast China, among which in southwest Fujian Province, with a total of more than 3000, are the largest in number, the most widely distributed, and the best preserved.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 5. Drum Towers Against Mountains and over Waters, Ancient Dong Villages in Southeastern Guizhou Province

Abstract
“Dong Village” is the shorter form of the village of Dong Ethnic Group, which is distributed through Guizhou, Guangxi, Hunan and other provinces in China. In January 2013, the Unesco World Heritage Committee added 22 Dong Villages to the World Heritage “Tentative Lists”, most of which are concentrated in southeast Guizhou Miao and Dong Autonomous Prefectures (hereafter referred to as southeast Guizhou).
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 6. Stilt Houses on Top of Leigong Mountain, Ancient Miao Villages in Southeastern Guizhou Province

Abstract
There are a large number of Miao Villages in the Leigong Mountain area of Qiandongnan Prefecture of Guizhou Province.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 7. Watchtowers over Gorges, Qiang and Tibetan Villages in Western Sichuan Province

Abstract
The Tibetan and Qiang villages in Aba Prefecture and Ganzi Prefecture of Sichuan Province lie at a strategic geographical location and have experienced frequent wars and conflicts in history.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 8. Deep Merchant Courtyards, Traditional Villages in Central Shanxi Province

Abstract
Shanxi Province is one of the birthplaces of Chinese civilization. Known as “the strategic area of four strongholds with rivers and mountains being the natural defense”, and with its prominent location and special value, Shanxi has formed a unique living environment in northern China after the baptism of time.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 9. Dwellings for All Walks of Life, Villages on Middle Reaches of Qin River in Shanxi and Henan Province

Abstract
The middle reaches of Qin River were mainly under the jurisdiction of Zezhou Prefecture in Ming and Qing dynasties, which is equivalent to Jincheng City in Shanxi Province, governing over five cities and counties such as Zezhou, Qinshui, Gaoping, Yangcheng, and Lingchuan.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 10. Hakka Round-Dragon Houses Among Green Mountains and Waters, Traditional Meizhou Villages in Guangdong Province

Abstract
By the end of 2015, 39 villages in Meizhou City had been declared as traditional Chinese villages. Most of these villages are gregarious with the strong patriarchal clan idea. The Hakkas who had migrated from the Central Plains must have overcome many hardships during their migration. At that time, it is natural to seek help from the same kinsmen. The unity of the clan is also very important.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

Chapter 11. Fresh and Diverse Local Life, Traditional Naxi Villages in Yunnan Province

Abstract
Naxi Nationality lives on the border of Yunnan, Sichuan Province and Tibet Autonomous Region, and in the process of historical development, two major dialect areas in the east and the west have come into being. Naxi People take agriculture as their main mode of production, and most of their villages are generally agricultural settlements located on the dam area or distributed along the mountain foot.
Linping Xue, Xi Pan, Xin Wang, Honghong Zhou

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