Videos about architecture, China

Dream of Red Mansions – classical garden in NanJing, JiangSu province

Dream of the Red Chamber or The Story of the Stone is a Chinese novel composed by Cao XueQin in the mid-18th century.

With Middle Kingdom Productions ...

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Bonus film - a Vertical Forest architecture in NanJing ...

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ChengDu metro and TianFu airport – the art of infrastructure

Infrastructure at its finest, China style ...

With Walk East ...

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With 12 subway lines and 1 light rail line, the ChengDu metro ranks 4th largest in the world after BeiJing, ShangHai and GuangZhou.

YT comment by Helghast73 : Yeah I can see this tour will just highlight what I was saying in the last Chengdu video Max, “plan for the future and then plan some more” 😂

It’s hard to believe that all this will celebrate its 12th birthday in September. Just stop and think for a moment, 12 years ago none of it was there and fast forward to now and you’ve 373 stations network, mind blowing.

The idea of giving each line an actual visual identity is great, it’s not just a line colour on a network map but station platforms and train carriages too.

Line 8 with it’s green and white colour scheme is super bright.
Line 5 with it’s older heritage look and darker tones used but still bright.
Line 18 with it’s nods to Zaha Hadid I’d say haha superb also looks like a mini Beijing Daxing with the clinical white look.
Line 6 with it’s coral looking sub aquatic look.
Line 9 with it’s lilac scifi.

Beautiful WuYuan, JiangXi province

WuYuan, known as the "most beautiful countryside in China", with at least 50 old villages, is located in the northeast of JiangXi province, and near Mount HuangShan and JingDeZhen.

With Walk East ...

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Max (Walk East) :

Wuyuan is home to a few of the well-preserved ancient architecture in China. Each of those ancient structures has a unique appearance as well as structure.

They emerge from among the emerald green mountains and trees, clear rivers along with the crisscrossing paths between the fields.

Those structures were built in 740 during the Tang Dynasty; its remoteness and inconvenient transportation protecting its villages' beauty from a large amount of tourists.

Local people there can enjoy the pure, clean brooks, seemingly delicate wooden buildings, unique bridges as well as the tranquil lifestyle, etc...

This village has turned into a ecological, cultural as well as tourist demonstration center of China. The ancient Architectural complexes,caves, blue water, trees as well as rural sceneries; all these form a typical Chinese countryside scene

Wuyuan has become a well known town in the world features in famous Huizhou local culture as well as charming idyllic scenery.

Beijing Opera, Hui Opera, the Luo Dance known as the "Dance Live Fossil" as well as the charming tea performance, all these make Wuyuan fascinating tourism destination.

【Likeng Village】

Likeng Village is a cluster of houses constructed along a brook. It is said to be the most scenically beautiful village in the town.

The brook is two to three meters wide spanned at different points by makeshift bridges. A rolling stream through the village lived by 260 peasant households along with ancient buildings with its pink walls, black tiles as well as beautiful girls who are washing laundry reflecting from the stream look like a natural scenery.

【Visit Local Ancient Village in Hui-style】

Wuyuan is the birthplace of the Huizhou culture. Villages around are must go, and you will be attracted by the quiet and simple countryside life there.

noticeable Huizhou-style architecture can be found in these old villages, such as, arches, stone tablets, stone bridges, ancient stages, etc.

Wuyuan is a county in northeastern Jiangxi province. It is renowned for its beautiful countryside and well-preserved ancient Huizhou villages and architecture. Many of the buildings and villages date from the Tang dynasty and have been protected by the county’s remoteness and relatively inconvenient transportation.

Highlights and Travel Tips
The area is famous for the fields of yellow rapeseed flowers that surround the villages in March and April, which are among the most beautiful in China and will delight photographers. One of the best places to see the flowers is hills surrounding the village of Jiangling.

Popular villages and sights around the county include Likeng Village, Mount Dazhang (a beautiful area filled with soaring mountains and crashing waterfalls that is as yet undiscovered by tourism), Rainbow Bridge (a covered bridge), and Jiangling Village.

The Potala Palace, Tibet, China - an architectural masterpiece

Video : China : The Potala Palace, Tibet, China - an architectural masterpiece

Inspiring ideas for a beautiful home life

Video : China : Inspiring ideas for a beautiful home life

Architectural design and decor inspiration 激发美好生活理念的灵感 Bonus film - Five friends each transforms a random house in the suburbs of BeiJing and their work becomes a big success 北京5個好友,改造房子後,帶火整個村

14 years ago this american sold his house and moved to DaLi, China

Video : China : 14 years ago this american sold his house and moved to DaLi, China


Collaborative architecture leading to a better life

Video : China : Collaborative architecture leading to a better life

Small office, home office (SOHO); but with friends and colleagues. GuangZhou, GuangDong province ... BeiJing hutongs ...

Poetry and architecture

Video : China : Poetry and architecture

On a trip to Yunhe Terrace in Lishui, Zhejiang in 2016, mother fell in love with the beautiful views and fresh air there. Recalling that mother sold family house in hometown to raise money for his tuition to study abroad 16 years ago, Tian rent a 2-mu land 1030 meters above the sea level and built his mother a new house surrounded by mountains and clouds. The spare rooms are used to run a guesthouse. 2016年,建築師田景海帶著母親去浙江麗水的雲和梯田旅遊,母親愛上了這兒的好山好水好空氣。想起16年前母親為了籌措自己留學的學費,賣掉老家的房子,田景海便在麗水租下2畝地,在海拔1030米的雲海山間,為媽媽造了一個新宅,空餘房間則用來做民宿。 Ye Hui is a poet. He is passionate about the fate of people, and his poems have been selected many times in the "Chinese Annual Poetry". Meanwhile he is an architect, specializing in old building renovation. In 2014, Ye Hui bought a lakeview villa in Nanjing. Living in a house with 400-square-meter indoor area and an 800-square-meter courtyard, he spends most of his time in a 3-square-meter space. 葉輝是詩人,他的詩作飽含情感地關注著人的命運,多次入選《中國年度詩歌》,同時他也是一位建築師,擅長老建築改造。2014年,葉輝買下南京的一套湖景別墅,室內空間400㎡,內院800㎡,不過他最常待的工作空間,只有3㎡。

Tree house apartment

Video : China : Tree house apartment

An indoor garden lifestyle, in BeiJing ...

Creating a beautiful home in a small space

Video : China : Creating a beautiful home in a small space

A home and B&B in the mountains

Video : China : A home and B&B in the mountains

Nestled on a remote hillside in JiangXi province, it is part of the natural landscape and a haven of a simpler life ... Bonus films ...

HongCun 宏村 Village, AnHui province

Video : China : HongCun 宏村 Village, AnHui province

Step back in time in the ancient village of HongCun, 宏村. HongCun is located near the south west slope of Mount HuangShan. The architecture and carvings of the approximately 150 residences dating back from the Ming and Qing dynasties are said to be among the best in China. One of the largest residences open to visitors, ChenZhi Hall, also contains a small museum. Together with XiDi, the village is a UNESCO World Heritage Site. Some scenes from the movie 'Crouching Tiger, Hidden Dragon' were filmed on location in HongCun.

The Ethnic Culture Park (MinZu), BeiJing 北京

Video : China : The Ethnic Culture Park (MinZu), BeiJing 北京

This large park presents the culture of China's ethnic groups and famous landmarks. It is composed of two halves connected by a bridge and lies close to the Olympic Park. The nearest subway station is BeiTuCheng (lines 10 and 8). The park features the ethnic dance and other customs of China's peoples and typical architectural styles from each region. There are many scenic spots within the beautifully landscaped grounds.

A visit to a hutong courtyard house in BeiJing 北京

Video : China : A visit to a hutong courtyard house in BeiJing 北京

Exploring some of the history behind this type of dwelling ...

Beijing's Hutongs and Courtyards

Video : China : Beijing's Hutongs and Courtyards

For those who want to experience the local customs, as well as the history and culture, of Beijing, a visit to the HuTongs (alleys) and SiHeYuans (courtyards) is an indispensable part of a visit to Beijing. The HuTong A hutong is an ancient city alley or lane, typical in Beijing, where hutongs run into the several thousand. Surrounding the Forbidden City, many were built during the Yuan, Ming and Qing dynasties. In those times, the emperors planned the city and arranged the residential areas according to systems of etiquette. The center of the city of Beijing was the royal palace - the Forbidden City. The word 'hutong' came from the Mongolian language about 700 years ago. It originates from the word 'hottog' in Mongolian meaning 'water well'. Where there was a spring or well, there were residents. The word 'hottog' became 'hutong' after it was introduced into Beijing. Hutongs are the passages formed by lines of siheyuans (courtyards). One hutong connects with another, and siheyuan connects with siheyuan, to form a block, and blocks join with blocks to form a neighbourhood. In ancient China, there was a clear definition for a street or lane. A 36 m wide road was called a big street (DaJie). An 18 m wide one was called a small street (Lu). A 9 m wide lane (or smaller) was called a hutong. The shortest hutong is just 10 m long, and the narrowest hutong is only about 40 cm wide. Some hutong have more than 20 turns. Most of the hutongs in Beijing are in east-west or south-north directions. That resulted from the need for houses to face south so as to take in more sunshine. The Weaver and the Cowherd There are many stories and fairy tales about hutong. Near the Forbidden City, in the heart of Beijing lies a hutong called 'Girl Weaver', which is named after a fairy from the Heavenly Kingdom, who descended to the human world and married a cowherd. Her enraged father, the Celestial Emperor, took the girl back and separated the couple with the Milky Way. Symmetrically, on the other side of the Forbidden City, there used to be a 'Cowherd Bridge'. In part, this tale suggests that emperors living in the Forbidden City are sons of Heaven. In the rich and historical culture of Beijing, the hutong has a very special and important position. It is not only a kind of architecture, but also serves as a window into Beijing folk life and an embodiment of the history and culture of Beijing. The SiHeYuan A standard siheyuan consists of houses on all four sides. The house that stands at the north end facing south is called the 'main house or 'north house'. The ones on each side are called the 'side houses', and the one which stands at the south end facing north is called the 'opposite house' or 'south house'. The siheyuan's entrance gate is usually at the southeastern corner, in accordance with the traditional concepts of the 5 elements that were believed to compose the universe, and the 8 diagrams of divination. Normally there is a screen wall inside the gate so that outsiders cannot see directly into the courtyard; it is also believed to protect the house from evil spirits. Outside the gate of larger siheyuan, there is a pair of stone lions, one on each side. Such a residence offers space, comfort and quiet privacy. It is also good for security as well as protection against dust and storms. The gates are usually painted vermilion and have large copper door rings. The courtyard often contains a pomegranate or other type of tree, as well as potted plants. Usually a whole family lives in the compound. The elder generation lives in the main house, the younger generation live in the side houses, and the south house is usually the sitting room or study. From their size and style, one can tell whether a siheyuan belongs to ordinary folk or the powerful and rich. The simple house of an ordinary person has only one courtyard with the main building on the north facing, across the court. The mansion of a titled or rich family would have two or more courtyards, one behind another, with the main building separated from the view of the southern building by a wall with a fancy gate or by a GuoTing (walk-through pavilion). Behind the main building there would be a lesser house in the rear and, connected with the main quadrangle, small 'corner courtyards'. Not only residences, but also ancient palaces, government offices, temples and monasteries were built basically on the pattern of the siheyuan, a common feature of traditional Chinese architecture. Once ubiquitous in Beijing, siheyuans and hutongs are now rapidly disappearing, as entire city blocks of hutongs are leveled and replaced with high-rise modern buildings. Residents of the hutongs are entitled to apartments in the new buildings, of at least the same size as their former residences. Many complain, however, that the traditional sense of community and street life of the hutongs cannot be replaced. However, some particularly historic or picturesque hutongs are being preserved and restored by the government.

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