Classical Chinese Doors & Windows by Weidu Ma (auth.)

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1162-1227), with his brilliant genius and bold vision, unified Mongolia in the year 1206, and started rapidly to expand his domain. Mongol armies swept acro

Ml this stimulated construction activities, either of government or of common people. A lot of splendid architectural works from that time still exist today. Strictly speaking, it was in the Ming dynasty that the development of classical Chinese architecture was finally completed. Therefore, in the history of Chinese architecture, this period is defined as the richest period. Construction in the Ming and Qing dynasties was reasonably planned, yWI^^^.. beautifully and practically executed, and is regarded as the consummate achievement of classical Chinese architecture.

Act^'^iUic fo. ^ 4 9 According to the Rites of Zhou (Zhouli), Engineering, "There are (Seven carpentry techniques: lun, yu, gong, lu, jiang, che and zi". Although it is difficult today to accurately identify all the

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