The colour of Hutong in Beijing
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Hutong is a typical lane or small street in
As the symbol of
The Courtyard, a traditional unique folk house in the hutongs, has a long history in Chinese architecture.
in the courtyard, the main room only served for the parents, and the east side room is served for the sons(boys),because only boys can be a family bllod heratige. The west side room occupied by the girls in a family.
Owners of the courtyards often grow flowers and trees in the garden to decorate their happy life. Generally speaking, they love planting date trees, locust trees and cloves. The pomegranate tree is also their favorite because it has many seeds. In Chinese, the pronunciations of 'seed' and 'son' are the same, and old people believe that the more sons, the more blessings. This is the reason why we can see many pomegranate trees growing in the courtyards. Living in this elegant and harmonious environment, they must enjoy a peaceful and blissful life!
The more colourful Hutong made Beijing more pretty and attractive to the coming visitors, probably, you are also a painter, you could draw a special colour which you like the most paint on the big land and my Beijing!
when you travel in the Foebidden city in Beijing, and look atop the sloping of the roofs, you will find carved representations of fantastical creatures, these gargoyles-like decorations are seatted in an order led by a immotoral sitting on a Phoenix.Traditionally, each supernatural animal had a special meaning:
Immortal: Usually the figure nearest to the corner of the roof, the sculpture depicts a human riding on a large bird--Phoenix.the figure symbolizes"turning ill fate into good luck."
Dragon: Symbol of the Emperor.
Phoenix: The queen of all birds, and symble of the empress.
Lion: King of the animals, a symbol of intrepidness and stateliness.
Sea horse: Represents royal power over the sea.
Heavenly horse: This sacred horse can fly.
ya yu: Capable of creating rain and extinguishing fire, it can protect the architecture.
Xie Zhi: This is a mythical animal and he can tell good from evil and represents justice.
Suan Ni: A symbol of courage and dignity,and he is one of Nine Dragon sons,he likes smoke, so you can always find him sitting on the side of the incense burner or oven for sacrifices.
Dou Niu: Acturally, it is a large snake, which can drive away ill fate and evil sprits.
Xing Shi: a flying monkey, this creature is reknowned for its ability in keeping away from evil spirits.
As matter of fact, all these creatures originally are being used as nails for keeping sliding off the roof,and later, they are changed to be these imagined animals to preserve the building from the fire and drive away the evil spirits.
I will tell the story of Gragon in my next blog.