The interior of a typical Anhui residence:
spacious living rooms fully open to inner
courtyards which, apart from being the lighting source,
also serve as the linkages between building units and blocks.
Whenever possible, an Anhui residence would
try to have its entrance facing north (instead of south for
most Chinese buildings). As the Five
Agents for merchants is Metal (gold), and south belongs
to Fire, the business owners of the Anhui residences thus
preferred not to face the flaming elements since they didn't
think they had too much money to burn.
The exterior of the typical Anhui architecture: High
Higher than usual firewalls are one of the most distinctive
features of the traditional Anhui-style residential buildings
designed to cope a unique living arrangement in which the
men, historically known as Scholar Merchants
(儒商), were away from home conducting business for
most of time during the year with the women staying at home looking
after elderly and kids.
Thousands-Year Old Water Dripper
Nobel Peace Prize