Jingchu architecture embodies the “unity of man and heaven”, which means the unity of nature and spirit.
In terms of architectural types, Jingchu architecture ranges from palace, ancestral temple, official mansion, pavilion, underground palace, detached palace to altar, etc.
Photo 1: Qingchuan Pavilion is made mainly with wood and stone; glass and metal have been used for the windows and door frames. The ingenious structure of the building built on hill shows Chu culture.
Photo 2: The design of Hubei Publication Culture City is inspired by chime, a symbol of Chu culture. The twin towers on the top resemble unfolded wings, which stand for the image of phoenix in Chu culture.
Photo 3: The antique architectural styled Hubei Provincial Museum features high stylobate, wide eave and macrodome roof, and the whole building cluster takes the shape of Chinese character “品” (the upsidedown T-shaped). Its general layout also highlights the axial symmetry of Chu State architectures.
Photo 4: Chu Market in Moshan Hill Scenic Spot is a place for commodity and culture exchange among ancestors of Chu State. It consists of western memorial archway, street and 29 featured stores. The buildings in Chu market are mainly colored red, black and yellow, the basic colors of Chu lacquer.
Photo 5: The double watchtowers on the gate of Chu City in Moshan Hill Scenic Spot model the drum of Chu State. The cresting of two phoenixes on the top shows the custom of Chu people to honor and worship phoenix.
Photo 6: The design of Wuhan Qintai Grand Theater tactfully embodies the basic lines and elements of guqin (a seven-stringed plucked instrument).
Photo 7: The roof of Yellow Crane Tower is covered by 100,000 yellow glazed tiles. With yellow upturned eaves, each floor seems to have been designed to resemble a yellow crane spreading its wings to fly.
Photo 8: Jingzhou Railway Station demonstrates Chu culture with elements from city wall, gate and gate tower of Ancient Jingzhou City.(hubei.gov.cn by Mao Huifang)