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Being different from the merchants from Shanxi Province, merchants of Huizhou had an extroverted character because they came from a region where land is limited whereas the population is great, which forced them to leave their homeland to do business. Well cultured and educated, merchants of Huizhou were sharpsighted, faithful, good at business, and understood that “becoming rich for developing Confucianism and being official for protecting business”. So, they were very successful both in business and in officialdom.

These towers were mostly built in the 1920’s or 30’s of the last century. Those overseas owners, when absorbing the different building styles of different countries, built them with the then most advanced materials and technology. Those buildings fully The roof of the stone building is of a variant Byzantine style. displayed the merge and clash of cultures of East and West, ancient and contemporary. Which is specifically reflected in two aspects: one is that so many cultural factors, such as Chinese traditional style, ancient Greek and Romanesque styles, European Gothic style of Middle Ages and Islamic style, gathered in such small region; the other is that so many different architectural styles manifested in one building, forming a kind of “hors d’œuvres” in a compromising way.

Upon the Ping’an Village, all families without exception are linked by a twist and precipitous mountain road. The wood buildings of the same color with slope roofs are braced on the ground of the slopes. Some timber buildings are five to six Ganlan Wood House and Storm-Tossed Bridge 31 meters above the ground, among which spread plots of terraced fields. A cluster of timber houses should be built in line with the topography while the village should be adjacent to farming land so as to be convenient to intensive cultivations.

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