Chinese Imperial City Planning

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University of Hawaii Press, 1999 - Architecture - 228 pages
Chinese Imperial City Planning is the first synthesis of what is known from textual and archaeological evidence about every Chinese imperial capital, from earliest times to the present. It explains the fundamental architectural principles and visual characteristics of imperial planning in China and shows how these features are related to the Chinese idea of rulership. The volume also reconstructs the 3,500-year-old history of imperial planning using sources such as resident descriptions, travel accounts, official Chinese court records, and the most recent archaeological and scholarly studies. The extensive documentation provides students with a standard source of reference from which to embark on further research on Chinese urban planning.
 

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Contents

INTRODUCTION
1
BEGINNINGS
29
FIRST GREAT EMPIRE
54
PERIOD OF DISUNION AD 220589
72
SUITANG DYNASTIES
93
AT CHINAS BORDERS
122
FROM BIANLIANG TO DADU
137
MING QING AND BEYOND
161
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Nancy S. Steinhardt is professor of East Asian art and curator of Chinese art at the University of Pennsylvania.

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