Where the five tigers look back: the auspicious land
The village was designed in a checkerboard pattern with buildings sitting in orderly rows. In traditional checkerboard designs, buildings may be arranged in a horizontally or vertically symmetrical manner. At the Shanhou village, however, the buildings are both horizontally and vertically aligned, demonstrating extremely discreet orders. On the front porch of every building there are stone-paved courtyards, mostly surrounded by short walls. This shows that it is a high density community. The checkerboard design helps defend foreign invasion, while also providing ventilation and temperature control during summers.