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大夫第

大夫第
Notice two interesting things here. First, the words in the red and gold panel and the title of this photo are the same, but in opposite order. Do you know that the Chinese language can be written and read both from left to right and from right to left??

Until the mid-20th century, when written horizontally, Chinese was generally written from right to left (as in the red and gold sign). Since the 1970s or so, it's become more customary to write from left to right, as in my photo caption.

Chinese can also be written and read vertically, though always from topdown.

The other thing of interest is the black-ink wall murals just below the roof tiles.

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