China's Sacred Sites
An incredible book full of beautiful photographs of the sacred sites, temples and monasteries - Buddhist, Taoist, and Confucian - of China.
China is home to some of the world's most impressive architectural achievements. But tucked away in remote valleys, perched on high cliffs, or set along winding rivers and placid lakes, China's lesser-known sacred architectural sites convey a vision of human culture existing harmoniously in nature.
Part One introduces mountainscape feng shui, a traditional science of building design based on close observation of natural phenomena and drawing on the philosophical ideals of Buddhism, Taoism, and Confucianism. Chapters by Nan Shunxun convey the basics of this science in an accessible format and set out a visual grammar of the architectural elements found in mountainscape feng shui.
Part Two features 42 selected architectural sites that convey the essence of mountainscape feng shui. This section is the result of extensive travel and careful documentation. It includes previously undocumented sites as well as those that will soon be lost to the increasing demands of human society on the natural world.
Includes 300 colour photographs and 100 architectural drawings.