• jian (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • jiān (Pinyin)
  • chien (Wade-Giles)


    bay(s) (Fu 2017, 358); spatial unit between two pillars (in elevation), but can include the spatial unit described by the four pillars on each corner of a one-bay square unit; 1-bay elevation x 1-bay section (Kroll 2015, 196; Guo 2002, 45)1


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  • 1 FU. 2017. Traditional Chinese Architecture: Twelve Essays, 358.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 196.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 45.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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CMW S21, “ jiān” in Architectura Sinica last modified April 18, 2021, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000149.


CMW S21, “ jiān.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 20, 2021. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000149.

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