A Tale of the Flying Fox : Summer 2015 Tianjin University-University of Hong Kong Architectural Field Study

A Tale of the Flying Fox : Summer 2015 Tianjin University-University of Hong Kong Architectural Field Study
14-Jul-2015 - 20-Jul-2015

A Tale of the Flying Fox

Summer 2015 Tianjin University-University of Hong Kong Architectural Field Study

Date:  July 14-20, 2015


29 students of the Department of Architecture, HKU, led by Prof. Zhu Tao
9 students of the School of Architecture, Tianjin University, Led by Prof. Ding Yao


  1. Visit and study a group of Chinese ancient structures in Yuxian, Hebei (河北蔚縣).
  2. Visit the School of Architecture, Tianjin University.
  3. All Students are required to make study reports, to join the review at Tianjin University at the end of program. HKU students are also required to hold an exhibition to share their learning experience with other students in the coming fall semester at the Department of Architecture, HKU.


Each HKU student will be responsible for his/her own round-trip flight tickets between Hong Kong-Tianjin. Tianjin University will cover all participants’ lodging, food, transportation, site-seeing entry fees during the field trip in Hebei and Tianjin.


The program is open to all fulltime students registered in BAAS, MArch, MLA, MPhil and PhD programs in the Department of Architecture, as well as some selected HKU students interested in history of Chinese architecture. Interested applicants please send an one-page CV to BAAS secretary, Ms. Angela Ting ( at the Department of Architecture by May 31st.

The Flying Fox Road (飛狐道) is the most famous ancient road that crossed the North China Plain (華北平原) through the Taihang Mountains (太行山脈) toward the wild northern territory beyond the Great Wall (塞北). Yuxian (蔚縣), the central focus of this field Study, was an important town historically to guard the Flying Fox Road immediately out of the Taihang Mountains. Humans have settled in the region from the Stone Age to the present, almost with no interruption. Consequently, the Yuxian area has become one of the most important sites in the world for its Stone Age relics. Furthermore, Yuxian’s greatest cultural heritage for us to see is its hundreds of towns and fortress villages, and thousands of ancient buildings that had been gradually built since the Ming dynasty (1368-1644 AD). It is by this virtue that Yuxian enjoys its reputation of being the top county in China that hosts the largest amount of “Major Historical and Cultural Sites Protected at the National Level.”

This field Study will organize students to visit an extraordinary set of ancient artifacts, buildings and cities in the Yuxian region, including the Daiwang City Relics (代王城遺址) from the Western Zhou period (1046–771 BC) to Han Dynasty (206 BC–220 AD), the Nanan Temple Pagoda of the Liao Dynasty (907-1125 AD), the Shakya Temple of the Yuan Dynasty (1271-1368 AD), and several ancient fortress villages. On the way between Tianjian and Yuxian, we will also visit Kaishan Temple of Xincheng (新城開善寺) and Geyuan Temple of Laiyuan (淶源閣院寺), two Liang buildings, and the Western Qing tombs (清西陵). This program will be an invaluable lesson for students to gain firsthand knowledge and insight about the Chinese architecture with its thousands of years of history, as well as the splendid natural landscape and human culture in the region.


Summer 2015 Tianjin U - HKU Poster