City of Music
The buildings in Beijing have their own unique and beautiful rhythm, embodying the understanding and interpretation of the city's humanistic quality by its architects and planners.
Buildings are like the musical notes of the earth; whilst music is the melody in people's souls. Every building and group of buildings in Beijing has its own unique and beautiful rhythm, embodying the understanding and interpretation of the city's humanistic quality by its architects and planners.
Music is the art of interweaving time and space, through which people are able to transcend themselves and find enjoyment. Although architecture is a spatial art, it also contains the compositional structure of music and a thrilling sense of melody. For example, the Forbidden City in Beijing is built along a seven-li central axis passing through the Zhengyang Gate, Upright Gate, Meridian Gate and Taihe Gate to Taihe Hall, Baohe Hall, Zhonghe Hall and Jingshan Hill. Along with over a dozen courtyards as well as hundreds of different-sized halls, this spectacular sequence of buildings and spaces creates a "giant symphony."
The same is true for individual buildings or even certain parts of buildings. Those looking for musicality in Beijing'sarchitecture may find it in a dougong bracket, an overhanging eave, an ancient pagoda, or even in the city's siheyuan courtyards. Together, these features combine to create a melodious song which extols the essence of Beijing.