Support Space: Chufang and Shaichang

A lean-to, sloping roof projects from the exterior of the high outer retaining wall that surrounds the living area of

Support Space: Chufang and Shaichang

Huizhou dwellings. Beneath this roof are housed the chu­fang (kitchen), shaichang (containing the laundry area, clotheslines, well, etc.), vegetable gardens, livestock pens, and toilet; this entire area is bounded on the other side by another high retaining wall. This roofed, walled area is independent from the living area, giving the living space proper a double-wall construction.

Skylights are the main source of lighting for the chu­fang, with supplementary light provided by small win­dows cut into the walls at strategic locations. The sunlight that filters in effectively lights the dim, earthen-floored space (Figure 63.1).

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There is no designated bathing room in the Fluizhou
dwelling. Washbasins are used for daily washing and pub­lic bathhouses are widely available throughout the cities.


Cabinetry and furniture is extremely simple. Chests are used mainly to store clothing, and these are gradually being replaced by Western-style wardrobes. Chests of drawers are rarely seen.

Sideboards are made of bamboo or wood with screen­ing on the upper portion and slatting on the lower portion. This style is unchanged in old and more recent pieces. Overall, there is a very large drop in quality between

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Qing styles and everyday furniture. No such drop in qual­ity, however, is seen in Chinese handicraft utensils, for which such materials as wood, bamboo, ceramics, and bronze are used.

There is no built-in heating equipment. Portable, bas­ket-like charcoal-burning foot warmers made of bamboo are hung from the arm when carried (Figure 64.1). Baby baskets are also frequently equipped with similar heating devices (Figure 64.2). Such individual heaters and quilted

Support Space: Chufang and Shaichang
clothing are essential to withstand the severe winters of the Anhui region.

dom from the confines of the Confucianist system, the community has torn down the old walls and is building a new compositional framework around a new courtyard.

Updated: October 4, 2015 — 5:55 am