Heading for the hills

By Yang Cheng | China Daily | Updated: 2019-08-27 07:37
The Goddess of Mercy Pavilion is believed to be China's oldest wooden pavilion. [Photo by GAO HONGLEI/FOR CHINA DAILY]

Its Goddess of Mercy Pavilion is China's oldest wooden pavilion, says Tianjin University School of Architecture professor Ding Yao.

And the 16-meter-high goddess' statue is one of the country's largest clay sculptures, he says.

"But most research has focused on the entrance gate," Ding says.

Liang Sicheng, a renowned late architecture expert, said it's a "top-notch" specimen of dougong, a bracketing system connecting column tops with crossbeams.

Liang visited to the structure after a Japanese expert published an article about it in an international architecture journal.

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