China House

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China House is located on the Chifeng Road of the Heping District in Tianjin. The China House (the Porcelain House) is a French-style building embellished by porcelain. Tourists will be amazed by the colorful china ware cemented onto the wall. The windows, doors, pillars, eaves and roofs are all exquisitely decorated with different colored China wares. Moreover, tourists will find beautiful porcelain decorations on the handrails, ceilings, and walls inside the house. The house is so extra ordinary that it has no parallel in the world.

First built in the 1920s, the China House covers a total area of 5,000 square yards (4,200 square meters). Adoptingthe architectural principle of eclecticism, the building is in French style asa whole but with an Italian-style corridor. It was inhabited by contemporary Chinese diplomat Huang Rongliang.

In September 2002, Zhang Lianzhi, a businessman, artist and collector, bought the time-honored building at the price of CNY 30 million. He decided to transform it into a porcelain building to spread china ware culture.

On September 3rd, 2007, the house was open to the public. Since then, it has become a landmark in Tianjin. On September 23rd, 2010, it was listed bythe US Huffington Post as one of the fifteen museums with unique designs, together with the Louvre Museum in Paris, French, and the Denver Art Museum in Colorado, America.

More than CNY two billion has been investedinto the decoration of the Porcelain House, using more than 700 millionporcelain pieces, 4,000 ancient china vases, 400 white marble sculptures, and40 tons of crystal and agate. Moreover, 13,000 ancient plates and bowls,300 cat-shaped porcelain pillows, 300 white marble lions during the Tang Dynasty (618-907) and Song Dynasty (960-1279) have been used inthe embellishment.

The porcelain pieces come from different historical periods. The celadon inthe Jin Dynasty (265-420), the tri-colored glazed pottery of the TangDynasty, Jun china and Longquan celadon in the Song Dynasty, the blue and white china in the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368) and Ming Dynasty (1368-1644) and the rose china in the Qing Dynasty (1644-1911)can all be found on the walls in the house. All of them are cemented and glued to become part of the building.

On the roof of the building circles a gigantic dragon adorned by china ware with a length of 840 yards (768 meters) and a width of 0.87 yards (0.8 meters). Even the drainpipes outside of the house are embellished with crystal and cat-shaped porcelain pillows.

Inside the building, the ceilings and handrails are decorated with china ware too. The house preserves hundreds of precious furniture from Ming Dynasty andQing Dynasty, and more than 200 calligraphies and paintings bothfrom home and abroad, including the master pieces of Chinese great masters Zhang Xuan, Qi Baishi and Xu Beihong, and foreign masters Van Gogh and Picasso. All of precious treasures and china make the house inestimable and splendid.

Further more, the house dexterously combines traditional elements with Chinese culture. The outside of the wall is decorated by vases, and they are called"Walls of Peace". Because "vase" sounds like"peace" in Chinese, the designers used vases to wish for peace and safety. Similarly, white marble sculptures and rock images are used frequently to symbolize good luck and chance. At last, the vivid dragons and phoenixes onthe eaves symbolize auspice and prosperity.

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Beijing Tianjin Five Days Package Tour with Tianjin Cruise Port transfers

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