cháojū 巢居


  • chaoju (Pinyin without tones)
  • 巢居 (Traditional Chinese)
  • 巢居 (Simplified Chinese)
  • cháojū (Pinyin)
  • ch'ao-chü (Wade-Giles)


    literally: "nest" "dwelling" (Kroll 2016, online edition);1 refers to an elevated residence made of timber where "ancient" people lived prior to the invention of buildings (Lunheng, “Jie shu”; Zhuangzi, “Dao Zhi”); pile or stilt dwelling (Guo 2002, 38)2

    指在建築發明以前,古代人們所居住的抬高的木構居所(論衡:詰術 ; 莊子:盜跖)

Related terms

    穴處 xuéchù (cave dwelling)

Works Cited

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  • 1 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, accessed March 11, 2021.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 38.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21, “ 巢居 cháojū” in Architectura Sinica last modified May 6, 2021,


CMW S21, “ 巢居 cháojū.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 12, 2021.

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