Folk custom in Central Shaanxi Plain
24.11.2010 - 24.11.2010 10 °C
"Central Shaanxi Plain", in Chinese "Guan Zhong", refers to the plain area at the north of Qinling Mountain in Shaanxi Province. Since ancient times, "Guan Zhong" had been the most ideal military defense, because of the gigantic natural protection provided by Qinling Mountain and the fertile soil which can promise the sufficient food supply.
Not only for strategists, "Guan Zhong" is also a good settlement for ordinary citizens. Local culture is always closely related with the life of local folks. Besides Terracotta Warriors and Horses, City Wall, which are well known tourist sites in Xi'an, in my opinion, the travelers to Xi'an shall also pay attention to the culture of Guan Zhong.
The following photos of some historical collections may give you some hints on the life of Guan Zhong citizens.
Although the name indicates that the post is used for keeping horses, actually it is widely believed to protect against evil things and bring good fortune to the house owner. And the number of posts can also reflect the richness of the owner.
The images of the hitching posts are usually monkeys, lions and Notherna barbarin tribes in ancient China.
The courtyard of one of the Guan Zhong houses
The window, which is in the shape of opening book, indicates the house owner is an intellectual.
The drawing room in Guan Zhong house
Chinese traditional sedan
The lower ground in the center of the courtyard is used to have the rain water drained out through the gap between the two levels of the ground. How clever is the drainage system!
Kylins are legendary animals in Chinese ancient times, which are believed to keep evils away and bring good luck in. So people in Guan Zhong area put the image of kylin on the wall in the hope of protecting the family against unfortunate harms.