Ancient Chinese architecture is unique in its wooden structure, skillfully built with traditional philosophical ideas and aesthetic tastes to show a glamorous presentation. These masterpieces are presented in forms varying from single building to urban garden, as a valuable heritage of humankind which reflects artistic essence from thousands of years in Chinese civilizations.
Shanxi is well-known for national treasures of ancient architecture. So far more than 18,000 complex remains have been identified. Those exquisite and magnificent grand complexes last from Tang to Qin Dynasties over 1500 years, varying in distinctive styles in each period. Some standing out on main streets, others sitting in small villages, those architectures perceived the changes of the past around. As a result, Shanxi displays comprehensive architectural forms, although dominated by outstanding religious architectures. Affiliated with these architectures, painted sculptures, mural paintings, and colored glazes have also given these architectures a golden touch for magnificent completion.