African Journal of
History and Culture

  • Abbreviation: Afr. J. Hist. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6672
  • DOI: 10.5897/AJHC
  • Start Year: 2009
  • Published Articles: 171


Study on historical memorial archways in ancient Huizhou: Tangyue memorial archway group

Tao Chen
  • Tao Chen
  • Department of Building Engineering, Tongji University, China.
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Zeneng Wei
  • Zeneng Wei
  • Graduate School of Letters, Nagoya University, Japan.
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  •  Received: 20 December 2010
  •  Accepted: 10 May 2013
  •  Published: 30 April 2014


Memorial archways were built in ancient Huizhou as early as in 14th century. And they were regarded as culture symbols of Chinese ancient architectures of feudal society. Owing to the natural and man-made factors, many of them were damaged and even vanished. In this paper, the origin, evolution and culture connotation of Huizhou memorial archways were discussed with examples of existing Tangyue memorial archway group. Several risks to these memorial archways are presented, which can be categorized as natural reasons and man-made reasons. Weathering, flood, earthquake and landslide etc. are categorized as natural reasons while intended demolition, influences of adjacent modern constructions etc. are regarded as man-made reasons. Furthermore, the results of numerical analyses are presented to evaluate the building’s potential seismic performance of the archway. 
Keywords: Memorial archway, Tangyue, risks, numerical analysis.