Chinese Bridges brings together a thorough look at the marvels of Chinese bridge design from one of the world's leading experts on Chinese culture and historical geography, Ronald G. Knapp. While many consider bridges to be merely utilitarian civil engineering, the bridges of China move beyond that stereotype, as many are undeniably dramatic, even majestic and daring. Chinese Bridges illustrates in detail 20 well-preserved ancient bridges along with descriptions and essays on the distinctive architectural elements shared by the various designs.
For the first time in an English-language book, Chinese Bridges records scores of newly discovered bridges across China's vast landscape, illustrated with over 400 color photographs, as well as woodblock prints, historical images, paintings and line drawings.
Publisher: Tuttle Publishing
Number of pages: 272
Weight: 1833 g
Dimensions: 305 x 229 x 28 mm
"Splendid... [Chinese Bridges] is necessary reading for all who are interested in Chinese architecture, history and culture." --CHOICE
"[Chinese Bridges] definitely changes a person's view on what China is truly all about. It's truly worth checking it out!" --Aisha Kristine blog
"This is the kind of book that even if you have already finished reading you will never get tired of re-reading..." --Style Diaries blog
"Scholarly, detailed, beautifully illustrated." --Library Journal
"This exquisitely illustrated volume gives more insight into the cultural and philosophical systems undergirding all forms of Chinese architecture than any book in recent years." --ArchNewsNow.com
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