• lan (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • lán (Pinyin)
  • lan (Wade-Giles)


    a railing or balustrade; literally: "pen" or "stable" (Kroll 2015, 252)1


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  • 1 KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 252.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

Broad Match: building frame

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CMW S21, “ lán” in Architectura Sinica last modified April 2, 2021, https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000161.


CMW S21, “ lán.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published April 2, 2021. https://architecturasinica.org/keyword/k000161.

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Entry Title: lán

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  • ZHUGE Jing 諸葛净, associate editor, Architectural Terminology
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