“Certainly architecture is concerned with much more than just its physical attributes. It is a many-layered thing. Beneath and beyond the strata of function and structure, materials and texture, lie the deepest and most compulsive layers of all.”
From The Great Wall to the upturned roofs, is what China makes worth a visit. One can visit china to observe and learn a well articulation of spaces and materials. China has been known for its rational assembling of spaces in tiny houses till present to looking back at the history. Connecting the different typologies of structures based on social, cultural, political and economical aspects that make any architect’s tour a meaningful one.
1. The Great Wall
The longest man made structure that is seen to be fortified in different timelines among which Mutianyu section seemed to be better restored, Great wall Section.
2. The Niujie Mosque
The Niujie mosque also is traced as cow street mosque, which is among those rarest historical structures that hold the combination of Islamic and Chinese architecture in the world.
3. Badachu Park
Badachu park is also known as eight main points park which has eight ancient temples. The structure blends with the context by creating a scenic beauty, as it is surrounded by flowering trees and hills in the background.
4. Dongyue Temple
Holding the ancient Chinese culture, this temple is usually crowded during spring festival for celebrating Chinese New Year. It represents the idea of Taoism, a religious tradition emphasizing living in harmony.
5. Fahai Temple
A temple known for its unique art work and murals. The art works includes paintings that depict figures relating to Chinese beliefs and morals, murals representing the worshipping and life of Buddha.
6. The Ming Tomb
The Ming tomb also known as mausoleum holds 13 emperors out of 16 from Ming dynasty. It is one of the largest, best preserved and most impressive Burial Tomb in the world. The access leading to the complex is called as spirit way. It is lined up with statues of animals and officials on either side, making people feel and experience the highness of emperors in the tomb.
7. Tiananmen Square
Tiananmen Square is one among the largest public squares in the world, located opposite to the The Forbidden City. It has great cultural significance and has been a square for holding various big movements and ceremonies.
8. The Summer Palace
The Summer Palace is known to be the best preserved imperial garden in the world that holds the philosophy and reflects Chinese Landscape design by achieving harmony with nature creating an eye pleasing element.
9. Former Residence of Soong Ching Ling
Spreading over an area of 5acres, Former residence of comrade Soong Ching Ling was originally a garden to which a two storied building was added that depicts the Chinese and western styles which was constructed by considering it as main building. The building is surrounded by rich landscape that includes rocks, flowering plants, trees, green grass and a fresh water lake.
10. Beijing Botanical Garden
Beijing botanical garden is one of the key botanical gardens in Beijing, china. The garden spreads on an area of 136acres that consists of two thousand to three thousand different plant species which includes evergreens, variety of palm tree species, tropical aquatic plants, medical plants and aromatic plants. The garden site includes Buddha temple, the relic of Long Jiao temple and the memorial hall.
11. Chaoyang Acrobatics Theater
A two storied building accommodating 1400 visitors. Primarily the shows bridging the gap between traditional Chinese acrobatics and modern acrobatics are performed. The acrobatic performed includes motorbike in globe, human pyramid on a bicycle and chair tower.
12. Beijing Ancient Architecture Museum
A first themed museum consisting of collection includes ancient Chinese architecture technology and art. The museum is known to be an art treasure for exhibiting conventional Chinese architecture that also includes the model of Beijing earlier city and Qi’nian hall model of Beijing temple of heaven.
Mohammed sulaiman a practicing Architect, Researcher and an Industrial Designer is a native of Hyderabad, India. He believes in creating specified and universal content, inspired from legendary architects like Le Corbusier and Charles Correa. He believes in sharing knowledge, in the process of learning.