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  • guan (Pinyin without tones)
  • (Traditional Chinese)
  • (Simplified Chinese)
  • guàn (Pinyin)
  • kuan (Wade-Giles)
  • belvedere (ATTCAT preferred) (English)1


    (1) a tall structure that allows for a wide view (Guo 2002, 39); watchtower, belvedere, mirador (Kroll 2015, 143); (2) a Daoist monastery or temple (Guo 2002, 39); use related to the verbal guan (in first tone): "to view intently" (Kroll 2015, 143)2


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  • 1 2018. ATTCAT 2018Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record
  • 2 GUO. 2002. A Visual Dictionary of Chinese Architecture, 39.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record; KROLL. 2015. A Student's Dictionary of Classical and Medieval Chinese, 143.Link to Zotero Bibliographic Record

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Tracy Miller, “ guàn” in Architectura Sinica last modified May 25, 2021,


Tracy Miller, “ guàn.” In Architectura Sinica, edited by Tracy Miller. Entry published March 21, 2018.

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