People in Beijing often say that the rich men do not live the southeast houses, because they are not warm in winter or cool in summer. Besides, Beijing citizens pay more attention to the number, location and something special connected with the houses. And all associated with these are always the taboos or emphasis in local citizens' mind. Beijing people think of the residence of alive people as Yangzhai (阳宅, Yang Residence (in Chinese philosophy, Yang means the active male principle of the universe, characterized as male and creative and associated with heaven, heat, and light)) means vitality and vigor. While they think of the tombs of the dead as Yinzhai (阴宅, Yin Residence (in Chinese philosophy, Yin the passive female principle of the universe, characterized as female and sustaining and associated with earth, dark, and cold)).
At the surroundings of Yinzhai, generally, some trees like pine trees and cypress are planted to show the perpetuation of the dead (these trees are evergreen in four seasons and strongly show the power and permanence of life). Additionally, pine trees and cypress also play the role of conservation of water and soil and tomb protection. Surely, in order to facilitate the tomb search, pine trees and cypress are also considered to be the mark. Compared with Yinzhai, Yangzhai is reverse. The old Beijing civilians never plant pine trees and cypress into Siheyuan. Meanwhile, even if the mulberry trees with the tastiest fruits are also refused by civilians. As for the pear trees, people do not plant them in front and back of yard. Why? Because in Chinese character pronunciation, Mulberry (桑) and Death (丧) are the same, and so is Pear (梨) and Leave (离). Also, People also dislike their friends present them bell, because they in Chinese have the same pronunciation (presenting bell means say farewell to the dying people).
Therefore, many megranate (石榴, means guests or friends stay longer), peach trees (peach tree in Taoism is the auspicious tree to suppress the evil) and Chinese jujube trees(perhaps means give birth to baby) are planted in or around residences. Beiijng people also forbid that the yard ground is lower than the ground of Hutong and streets, because their entry means downfall and egress means climbing. It is not auspicious at all. Furthermore, people do not like the odd number, so they often buy two chairs and two boxes. But some time, they also use odd number. For example, they often build three or five north-side rooms instead of four rooms, because Number Four has the same pronunciation as Death. So generally you can not find four houses in folk residence of China. Another saying like this: due to the importance of axes in house building, people never build the even-number houses for it is very difficult to get where the mid axes is.
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