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Courtyard Houses (<i>Siheyuan</i>)

in Berkshire Encyclopedia of China

Published by Berkshire Publishing Group

Published in print January 2009 | ISBN: 9780977015948
Published online August 2016 | e-ISBN: 9780190622671
Courtyard Houses (Siheyuan)

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With at least one courtyard enclosed by four single-story buildings that face inward toward the open space, siheyuan represent the quintessential Chinese “courtyard houses.” Throughout China quadrangular courtyard structures come in many configurations, including many that are multistoried and others that have mere “skywells” with shafts of open space instead of broad courtyards. But siheyuan are best known because of their ubiquity in Beijing and other northern cities.

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Subjects: Social Sciences

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