‘Peace in the Noise’: Harmony, Face and Reciprocity in Hutong Spaces
A ‘courtyard’ is written in Chinese as the character siheyuan (四合院). Si (四) means ‘four’, which stands for four sides of the siheyuan. He (合) means ‘coming together’. Yuan (院) refers to ‘a yard’. If we try to put all these meaning together, we will see siheyuan literally means a four-sided closed yard. The following picture shows a bird’s-eye view of a siheyuan, and we can clearly see the courtyard’s four-sided, closed structure.
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