The pond is named after its shape and which is the best shape for bringing
wealth in term of Chinese Feng Shui study. It defends,fights fire,supplies
water,cools down as well as adds to the splendor of the old house's surroundings.
2.Front Yard 3.An Tai Hall 4.Swallow Tail Ridge
The front yard is paved with red stones which were placed at the bottom
of vessel to avoid shaking in business sail. They have advantages of being
moss-free and preventing from slipping. Besides, the pillow-shaped stones,
gate pillars and hollows for door axles are all carved and made by one-piece
stone. Each door is equipped with a hidden lock. The couplet carved on
the pillars made of Chingtou stones goes "To live with a kind heart
and maintain the achievements of ancestors". Chinese characters signifying
good fortune and longevity are printed on the two sides. As to the structure
of roofs and ridges, it is adopted a single-ridge method to show a natural
5.The Three-Doors with a Hollow
This is made by three-doors with a hollow. At both sides of the doors,
a couplet with patterns of birthday peaches is hanged. To the upper left
on the wall, it is carved with vases, fruits and alchemist ovens, while
the upper right carved with official seals, Taoist flags and helmets,
representing being good at martial art and literature. Under the eave,
flying phoenix and beam support, hanging bucket with flowers, ancient
harp and Ling Dragon are signifying auspicious.
They are important parts of Chinese buildings used in resisting earthquakes.
Most of the woods and stones are used in the house are China firs and
Guanyin stones. All structures are linked to each other by tenons.
A place for worshiping ancestors and carvings on shrine are the best
of all. Above the hall, a horizontal inscribed board is hanged, carved
with "Outstanding descendants inherit the honors of forefathers".
Besides, the characters of "An" and "Tai" are smartly
used as beginnings in the couplet.
8.Hallway and Decorative Carvings
The side buildings in internal yard are engraved with auspicious figures
including "Currency of Daoguang". It proves that the house was
constructed in Daoguang period.
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