Buildings of the Forbidden City - Tracy McCrackin Photography

Buildings of the Forbidden City

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Ancient Chinese architecture includes palaces, city walls, temples, pagodas, and houses. Their architectural styles varied with purpose. The main three types were imperial administration buildings, traditional residences, and religious buildings. 

Wood remained the most popular building material even after quarrying and brickmaking developed, due to the Five Elements Theory used in fengshui (geomancy), which has dictated many aspects of life since the Spring and Autumn Period (770–476 BC).  As wood is the element that represents spring and life, it has the best auspicious connotations for buildings. So fengshui believers felt compelled to build their houses etc. out of wood.

Lastly, Chinese roof architecture showed different levels of importance for buildings. Hip roofs were mainly used for imperial palaces; resting hill roofs were used for official buildings, hanging hill roofs for better-off premises, and hard hill roofs for civil buildings.

This image is of a imperial building made of ornate wood carvings, paintings, and hip rooftops.  Add this "Buildings of the Forbidden City" to your wall.  Your image will be printed using high-quality papers with a high color accuracy, which guarantees that your prints will last a lifetime without fading.