A zaojing ceiling is a type of domed structure made with brackets that project inward and upward from the base. Because the structure is reminiscent of that of a spider web, this type of ceiling is also known as a ¡§spider web ceiling.¡¨ This type of structure is only to be found in very important buildings. Not a single nail goes into its construction!.
Early Chinese temples
generally had no lights and were thus very poorly illuminated. Later on,
architects started building in skylights to solve this problem.
Different builders competed to see who could build the most beautiful
temples, and the result of this competition was the development of the zaojing
Written by Ivy and photographed by Chiu-Hui
Pillars in the main hall
|Imperial rampway |
Zaojing ceiling |Censers | The¡§water crossings¡¨