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Regional architecture across China

China has a vast territory. Different regions have diverse natural conditions such as terrains, landforms and climates, and different regions also have diverse architectural cultures, architectural forms and materials. 

Because of these regional characteristics, architects proceeded from natural conditions such as local climates and geographical environments to create regional architecture in combination with various local cultures. 

Chinese regional architecture takes on diversified forms. Apart from inheriting the form of local residential architecture, some original forms were simplified or distorted. 

In the 50-year course of Chinese architectural creation full of twists and turns, regional architecture was a trend of creation representing the highest achievement and the most independent spirit.

Compared with "tradition" we often talk about, regional architecture is more original. 

This direction of spontaneous creation was explored in the 1950s to some extent. 

Caoyang New Village designed by Wang Ding, the Guangzhou Dinghu Mountain Sanatorium for Teachers and Workers designed by Xia Shichang, the small church of the Qingdao No. 1 Club designed by Lin Leshan, the Guangzhou Kuangquan Hotel designed by Mo Bozhi, the foreign trade building designed by Xu Zhong, the Shanghai Luxun Museum designed by Chen Zhi, and other buildings all fully combine local climates, techniques, economies and lifestyles with prominent local characteristics thereby harmonizing with the style of the region.

About the book 

Chinese Architecture Written by Cai Yanxin Published by China Intercontinental Press, Beijing, 2018