With at least one courtyard enclosed by four single-story buildings that face inward toward the open space, siheyuan represent the quintessential Chinese “courtyard houses.” Throughout China quadrangular courtyard structures come in many configurations, including many that are multistoried and others that have mere “skywells” with shafts of open space instead of broad courtyards. But siheyuan are best known because of their ubiquity in Beijing and other northern cities.
Romance of the Three Kingdoms (Sānguó Yǎnyì 三国演义)– Translations & Secondary Sources|Sānguó Yǎnyì三国演义
Summary The Romance of the Three Kingdoms is a historical fiction (based on “real” characters and events) of epic proportions
Summary Loosely based on historical records, Journey of the West tells the story of the Buddhist monk Xuanzang who travels
Dream of the Red Chamber (Hóng Lóu Mèng 红楼梦/石头记)– Translations and Secondary Sources|Hóng Lóu Mèng 红楼梦/石头记
Also known as Dream of Red Mansion or Story of the Stone. The first 80 chapters are attributed to Cao