Friday, April 25, 2014   

Harbin’s Baroque-style edifices to become tourist drawcard
(12-03 12:50)

China's largest and most intact buildings in the "Chinese Baroque" architectural style favored in northeast China's Heilongjiang Province have been renovated and will open to tourists next year, local housing authorities said.
These buildings, located in Daowai District of Harbin City, capital of Heilongjiang, are a combination of the Baroque style and Chinese elements such as crane and peony designs, according to Jiang Fan, a local historian.
Built about a century ago and covering 288,300 square meters, the buildings adopt Western baroque style for their exterior design, while retaining the traditional layout of Chinese courtyards inside, Jiang added.—Xinhua
   
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