With the dragon dance and the dragon boat festival the Chinese dragon is still a common sight in China. Considered well-intentioned and not evil the dragons that control the rains have been the most important animal in Chinese symbolism for thousands of years. Read More
China has been subject to many severe earthquakes, it holds the sad record for the most people killed by them. Buildings that can withstand the enormous forces have therefore been a key design element. For this reason stone walls have been avoided in preference to heavy roofs supported on many solid wooden pillars, the pillars are rested on a solid platform. This design allows some flexing to withstand the tremors. Read More
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