Dazhalan ??? (colloquially known as Dashilar ????) is a famous traditional commercial street in Beijing located south of Tiananmen Square. The street and surrounding area hold many of Beijing’s historical brands, ranging from traditional Chinese herbal medicine stores to renowned tailors, shoe and hat makers, many of these businesses dating back to the Ming dynasty (1368-1644). As such the Dashilar area has… Read more →
From January to May 2014 I temporarily joined one of the largest building restoration companies in China; China Heritage Conservation Center (CHCC). During my time at CHCC I was able to become involved in several projects, including the restoration of Wuhan University’s 1930s dormitory buildings (described in more detail below). In this post I’d like to share some of the insights from my… Read more →
Brief history of Dashilar Located South-West of the Forbidden City, Dashilar (???) was an area of commercial and cultural prosperity for over 600 years during China’s dynasty era, it’s earliest form dating back to the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368). Due to it’s proximity to the centre of power, Dashilar became an important trading and entertainment hub. Even today, it’s home to many of China’s oldest stores, amongst… Read more →
Restoration of Temple Restaurant Beijing has come into question as authorities question legality, presenting new challenges to cultural preservation in China as local and foreign business owners seek a sustainable and viable model.
A glimpse into the cave dwellings of the Loess Plateau in northern Ningxia province.
On our trip around China the next stop was Pingyao, the heart of Ming and Qing Dynasty architecture. An investigation into the architectural styles and relative levels of preservation of the Qiao family compound, Shuanglin temple and the old Pingyao city and city wall.
Recently completing a 146 day motorcycle trip around China allowed me to visit many of the unique cultural and architectural sites this amazing country has to offer. Over the next few weeks and months I’ll be writing in more detail about these sites, so stay tuned!
There are different ways China is currently preserving it’s culture and architecture and in this article a comparison between two historic old towns in Yunnan is made; one with a UNESCO World Heritage listing and the other without.