• lou (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • lóu (Pinyin)
  • lou (Wade-Giles)


    often translated "tower"; originally meaning one building layered on top of another; an upper story (Hanyu dacidian (online edition) ); later referring to a multi-story building or other structure; also "double-decked" (Kroll 2015, 281; Chen 2010, 403).1


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  • 1 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 281.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; 陳. 2010. 《營造法式》辭解, 403.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21 et al., “ lóu” in Architectura Sinica last modified July 14, 2022, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000086.


CMW S21 et al., “ lóu.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000086.

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Entry Title: lóu

Authorial and Editorial Responsibility:

  • Tracy Miller, editor, Architectura Sinica
  • ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净, associate editor, Architectural Terminology
  • CMW S21, ZUO Lala 左拉拉, and Baolong Chen, entry contributors, “ lóu

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  • Preliminary research CMW S21 Baolong Chen
  • Peer review by ATTCAT 2021
  • English proofreading by Aurelia Campbell Tracy Miller
  • Chinese proofreading by ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净 ZUO Lala 左拉拉
  • Editing, proofreading, data entry and revision by Tracy Miller
  • Adding citation and gloss by MIAO Tongxi 繆彤茜
  • Updating entry LI Zhixian 李知賢

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