A Study on Cultural Differences between China and America from the Perspective of Traditional Architectural Culture—Taking the Examples of the Forbidden City and the White House

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2022 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 9 Issue 3
Year of Publication : 2022
Authors : Yang Tianfu, Wang Hongyuan
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Yang Tianfu, Wang Hongyuan, "A Study on Cultural Differences between China and America from the Perspective of Traditional Architectural Culture—Taking the Examples of the Forbidden City and the White House," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 9,  no. 3, pp. 108-115, 2022. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23942703/IJHSS-V9I3P115


American architecture educator Robert Poisson said: "Every great piece of architecture can answer in not only function but also human mind and spirit..." Architecture is always closely associated with our life. Architecture can intuitively reflect a country's national and cultural characteristics because architecture cannot be separated from its environment. There is a great distinction in the architectural styles, concepts, and culture between Chinese and Western architecture in different periods. As a cultural symbol, architecture conveys the special cultural connotations of one country and nationality, which is worthy of our deeper study. This thesis mainly focuses on the palace buildings in architecture. Taking the Forbidden City and the White House as examples, this thesis analyzes the differences in building historical evolution, building layout, building site selection, and other characteristics between the two buildings. More importantly, we must analyze the symbolic cultural meanings reflected by different buildings through the differences in these characteristics to briefly discuss the cultural differences between China and the United States.


Architecture, Culture, Symbolic cultural meanings, Cultural differences.


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