Register | Login


For more than four thousand years, on the Loess Plateau in northern China, people have been residing in caves known as yaodong, which is Chinese for “house cave”. Some of these cave dwellings are carved out of the hillside, while others are dug vertically down to form a sunken courtyard from which rooms are excavated horizontally. The latter is the most unusual of which few equals exist in this world. The pit houses of Matmata in Tunisia come the closest.

The Loess Plateau, located around the Wei River valley in the provinces of Shaanxi and Shanxi, was enormously important to Chinese history as it formed one of the earliest cradle of Chinese civilization. The plateau was formed by the deposition of very fine particles of soil blown in by wind storms over millions of years. As a result, the soil here is very fine and loamy, and is highly fertile, easy to farm and dig, making cave dwelling a reasonable option.

yaodong

Read more »
© Amusing Planet, 2018.


Loading...

Taapsee Pannu at PMJ Jewels Forevermark diamond Forevermark
Taapsee Pannu at PMJ Jewels Forevermark diamond Forevermark
Diana Penty at IFFI 2017
Diana Penty at IFFI 2017
Sophie Choudry At FitTox Launch
Sophie Choudry At FitTox Launch
The Hairy Secret Behind Indian Temples
The Hairy Secret Behind Indian Temples
The Coffin Ships of The Great Irish Famine
The Coffin Ships of The Great Irish Famine
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudins Color Photographs of PreRevolution Russia
Sergei Mikhailovich Prokudins Color Photographs of PreRevolution Russia
Modern Potemkin Villages
Modern Potemkin Villages
Adah Sharma Black and White Striped Dress
Adah Sharma Black and White Striped Dress