In addition to Western-style villas, there are also many traditional buildings built with red bricks and white stones on Gulangyu Island. There is a well-known building named “Dafu No” at Haitan Road, which is one of the oldest residences in Gulangyu – it was built in the Qing Dynasty.
Let’s find out something more about the bright age of that house. “Dafu No” was built by ancestors of Zhai Zhaigong. They were making money by selling goods through the sea. Excellent commercial time of Xiamen Port was during the Jiaqing period of the Qing Dynasty. That was the time when Huang family could afford to build the house.
The main building consists a large squat and two rows of shackles. The roof of the squat dovetails with the ridge. The building wall is made of red bricks and stones as the main material. The facade is made of red bricks and empty buckets to form a variety of patterns. The door ring is embossed and smashed, its sound is really clear. The image is vivid and unique.
This traditional brick and wood structure is typical for the southern red brick ancient dwellings. After years of baptism, it becomes more and more difficult to find the shadows of ancestors. However, we still can see the undulating, wave-type, dovetail roof and the paved aisle, which fully reflects the traditional art of Minnan residential architecture.
As one of the oldest surviving red brick houses in Gulangyu, “Dafu No” is a typical representative of traditional red brick houses that we can also find in southern Anhui. It witnesses the development of the Huang family which lives there till now. In April 2002, “Dafu No” was listed as a key historical building by the Xiamen Municipal People’s Government.
Address: 58 Haitan Road, Siming, Xiamen, Fujian, China
Translated and edited by the XIamenMango team. The original article was written and edited by 林军 and 陈颖.
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