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Fragrant Hill Architectural Group

Date:2019-11-27 13:33

  Fragrant Hill Architectural Group (Xiangshan Bang in Chinese) is an architectural artisan group, who geographically lived around the area of Xukou Town, Wuzhong District, Suzhou City, led by carpenters and composed of other classical Chinese architectural tradesmen such as plasterers, lacquerers, plaster pilers or sculptors, sculptors, artificial rockery builders and colored drawers. They are adept at construction of traditional Chinese architectures featured by sophistication and refinement and are collectively called Artisans of Fragrant Hill Group. It was said according to the historical records that all architectural artisans renowned in South of Yangtze River came from Fragrant Hill. In the Ming Dynasty (1368-1644), architectural artisans of the Fragrant Hill Group were part of the design and construction team of the Forbidden City in Beijing. Shi Kuaixiang, the most famous artisan from Fragrant Hill Group, designed the rostrum and buildings for the Cheng Tian Men (Gate of Heavenly Succession, now called Tian'anmen). Fragrant Hill Group has left behind numerous splendid and marvelous architectural masterpieces ranging from mansions and dwellings for residents in South of Yangtze River, Classical Gardens in Suzhou to temples and monasteries, and royal mansions and palaces.

  Inheritor of National Intangible Cultural Heritage Fragrant Hill Group: Liu Yaozu,Xue Lingen.