CULTURE Lei family exhibition showcases Qing Dynasty architecture


Lei family exhibition showcases Qing Dynasty architecture

By Cui Naiwen | People's Daily app

14:36, December 15, 2018

Duration: December 14, 2018 – March 3, 2019 Venue: No. 2 temporary exhibition hall, the Museum of Chinese Gardens and Landscape Architecture (Photos: VCG)

People may not be familiar with "Yangshi Lei," but the Forbidden City, Summer Palace and the Temple of Heaven are all the family’s legacy. All these architectural works were designed by members of the Lei Family.

"Yangshi Lei" means Lei style, representing the style of the imperial architecture designed by the Lei family, which covers imperial buildings in Beijing, Tianjin, Hebei, Liaoning and Shanxi.

"Yangshi Lei" includes eight generations of the Lei family, from the middle of the 18th century to the beginning of the 20th century. "The history of the Lei family represents half of China's architectural history," which acknowledges the contribution of the family to China's heritage.

The archives of the Lei family show Chinese architectural history and traditional architectural planning, engineering, and principles of design, which has also been recognized by UNESCO in its Memory of the World Register in 2007.

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