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Shenzhen | One Per Family | End of an Era | Old Chinese Village | Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

End of an Era

This is an abandon Siheyuan on the outskirts of Shenzhen. It was built in 1791
and had a forced dissolution in 1984. It was declared a landmark in 2004.
It is maintained by the one of the last families to live there.

Siheyuan are more common in Northern China particularly in and around Beijing.
They generally consist of a cluster or several clusters of dwellings that
face inwards towards a courtyard. The outer wall is windowless and serves
as a protective barrier. This particular Siheyuan has a wall that is six
meters high and one meter thick.

Siheyuan are rapidly disappearing as China drives towards modernization.
It will be a great loss to the world when they no longer exist as they
are part of our common human ancestry.
Front Gate
Front Gate
Stone Walkway
Stone Walkway
Weeds Growing from Roof
Weeds Growing from Roof
Inner Sanctuary
Inner Sanctuary
House Number 53
House Number 53
Kitchen and Stove
Kitchen and Stove
HuTong and Drainage
HuTong and Drainage
Balcony
Balcony
Upper level
Upper level
Old Ceramic Pottery
Old Ceramic Pottery
Cupboard
Cupboard
Living Room and Dresser
Living Room and Dresser
Inner HuTong
Inner HuTong
Collapsed Roofes
Collapsed Roofes
Light Bulb Over Doorway
Light Bulb Over Doorway
Open Windows
Open Windows