Definitions

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  • n. an architectural style found in Shanghai, China, consisting of two or three floors and a front yard protected with high walls

Etymologies

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From Mandarin 石库门 (shíkùmén)

Examples

  • The furniture of the shikumen is the most "Chinese" of Shanghai's furniture.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • Ditto for a gander at Xintiandi, a cluster of renovated "shikumen" traditional buildings housing elegant coffee shops, clubs and boutiques -- but check the menus before sitting down for a bite to eat.

    post-gazette.com - News

  • The customs are a legacy of the city's old "shikumen" or stone-gate communal houses.

    The Hindu - Front Page

  • The contrast is implied and, I think in one case explicit with the old-style shikumen houses portrayed so memorably in his first novel.

    Nostalgia and consumerism in post-Communist China

  • If I could tell them I was gay, I wouldn't have needed to get married, says my guide, 30-year-old Fen, as we sit in a converted Shanghainese shikumen lane house near the popular tourist spot People's Park.

    msnbc.com: Top msnbc.com headlines

  • At that time in Shanghai, people lived in crammed, communal-style quarters in shikumen - low-rise townhouses in which families shared toilets and kitchens.

    NYT > Home Page

  • New skyscrapers amidst old residential shikumen buildings.

    WN.com - Articles related to Japan wants to exit from aid politics as China muscles in

  • Instead of sweeping away all remnants of the old neighborhoods, the pair preserved building materials of demolished homes and architectural door styles, called shikumen.

    Forbes.com: News

  • Other types of shikumen furniture, such as beds, tables, and cabinets, are similarly distinguished by detailed carvings drawing from the folk tradition.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

  • The most common example of shikumen furniture is the rectangular stool, similar in shape and design to traditional Chinese tables and alters, but smaller, more practical, and more portable.

    Chinalyst - China blogs in English

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