Sunrise and Sunset Azimuths in the Planning of Ancient Chinese Towns

Sunrise and Sunset Azimuths in the Planning of Ancient Chinese Towns

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Author(s): Amelia Carolina Sparavigna

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DOI: 10.18483/ijSci.334 527 1171 52-59 Volume 2 - Nov 2013

Abstract

In the planning of some Chinese towns we can see an evident orientation with the cardinal direction north-south. However, other features reveal a possible orientation with the directions of sunrise and sunset on solstices too, as in the case of Shangdu (Xanadu), the summer capital of Kublai Khan. Here we discuss some other examples of a possible solar orientation in the planning of ancient towns. We will analyse the plans of Xi’an, Khanbalik and Dali.

Keywords

Satellite Imagery, Orientation, Archaeoastronomy, China

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