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[31 May 2009 | Comments Off on Qiang Village: Mysterious Oriental Castle that Survived 2008 Earthquake | 3,972 views]
Qiang Village: Mysterious Oriental Castle that Survived 2008 Earthquake

One of the major differences between Chinese architecture and western architecture is the usage of material. Chinese buildings mainly use wood while westerners use stones because of availability of these construction materials. For this reason, Europe has lots of ancient castles preserved through centuries while most Chinese buildings cannot survive the turmoil of hard times.

However, it does not mean that we don’t have good stone buildings in China.

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[28 May 2009 | 3 Comments | 6,439 views]
Top 6 Waterfalls in China with Google Earth Links

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[Sources] 1. waywaycn.com 2. by Vincent0923 3. by Kevin.Fai 4. by AhRay 5. by RaMonCy 6. by johnskiller
A waterfall is usually a body of water resulting from water, often in the form of a stream, flowing over an erosion-resistant rock formation that forms a nickpoint, or sudden break in elevation. — wikipedia

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Waterfalls in China
Recently I read this list of “The 100 Best Waterfalls in the World” from World Waterfall Database. I was disappointed that none of 100 listed waterfalls is from China. …

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[9 May 2009 | 8 Comments | 13,016 views]
Siheyuan: the Chinese Housing Dream

Owning a house is now symbolized as an essential part of so-called “American Dream”. You might want to ask what the Chinese version of housing dream looks like? The answer is siheyuan (四合院,Si-he-yuan)

Siheyuan is a common style of Han Chinese housing, dated to Zhou Dynasty (1,100 – 256B.C.). It generally composes of enclosed square yard surrounded with houses on four or three sides.

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[28 Apr 2009 | 6 Comments | 9,780 views]
Top 6 Grasslands in China with Google Earth Links

[Sources] 1. nipic.com/sh001 | 2. Cheng Jie | 3. showcheer.com | 4. 仲夫 | 5. zhang hu | 6. qilian.mofcom.gov.cn
Grasslands (also called greenswards) are areas where the vegetation is dominated by grasses (Poaceae) and other herbaceous (non-woody) plants (forbs). — wikipedia
Grasslands in China
China is one of the richest countries in grassland resources. We rank No. 3 in the world after Australia and Russia. China has 320 million hectares of grassland, which is ranking No. 1 in various land resources of China. It’s about three times of current arable land …

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[30 Mar 2009 | Comments Off on Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads | 7,364 views]
Mongolian Yurt: “EASY” Portable House of Nomads

On the vast plateau of Mongolian Highland, cold wind from Siberia blows across the Gobi desert and grasslands, while many big white tents are standing in the harsh winter. They are the Mongolian yurts.

Mongolian yurts are a type of portable, felt-covered, wood lattice-framed dwelling structures in which the Mongolian nomads (and many other ethnic nomads) live. The advantage of yurt can be summed up as one word: “easy”.