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Architectural Features of Ancestral Temples in the Three Gorges Area of Chongqing, China

The Three Gorges area of the Yangtze River is famous for its unique natural landscape and a large number of ancestral temple buildings. The traditional ancestral temple architectures have also become an important historical witness of the traditional culture of the Three Gorges of the Yangtze River. For example, the famous Shibao-zhai Castle in Zhong County, General ZhangFei temple in Yunyang County, Baidi Castle in Fengjie County, etc. are typical representatives of this kind of architecture. These temples are not only different from each other in appearance, but also unique in architectural form, which reflects the close relationship with the unique Three Gorges environment. In terms of construction technology, their wooden structure system retains some characteristics of China's oldest wood-construction technology. The flexible column-and-tie construction system (“chuan-dou style”) can adapt to the complex geographical environment along Three Gorges area and can be built; In terms of decoration style, the ancestral temple in the Three Gorges area reflects distinctly regional culture and religious traditions, especially in terms of roof decoration and door decoration, which is full of Chinese history and mythological stories. This paper adopts the method of field investigation to investigate and study the ancestral temple buildings in the Three Gorges Area in Southwest China, and summarizes their important architectural features. Through the investigation of architectural methods, the article believes that the ancestral temple buildings in the Three Gorges area are of great significance for the study of the early origin of Chinese wooden structures. In terms of architectural decoration, it is of great significance to study the local folk customs and beliefs of the Three Gorges in Southwest China.

The Three Gorges, The Ancestral Temples, Folk Architecture, Folk Custom

APA Style

Yuhua Zhu, Xiaoke Nie. (2022). Architectural Features of Ancestral Temples in the Three Gorges Area of Chongqing, China. International Journal of Architecture, Arts and Applications, 8(3), 100-105. https://doi.org/10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220803.11

ACS Style

Yuhua Zhu; Xiaoke Nie. Architectural Features of Ancestral Temples in the Three Gorges Area of Chongqing, China. Int. J. Archit. Arts Appl. 2022, 8(3), 100-105. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220803.11

AMA Style

Yuhua Zhu, Xiaoke Nie. Architectural Features of Ancestral Temples in the Three Gorges Area of Chongqing, China. Int J Archit Arts Appl. 2022;8(3):100-105. doi: 10.11648/j.ijaaa.20220803.11

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