This paper clarifies urban tissues, that is, the formation of street blocks and distribution of house types in Li-cheng Areas, which is the old castle district of the central part of Quanzhou., based on intensive field study. Quanzhou which is known as Ci Tong, had developed as a port city since the period of Tang Dynasty.
Authors classified traditional houses into three types which are da-cuo, shou-jin-liao, qilou, in quanzhou. Da-cuo is the form of quadrangle, si- he-yuan and qilou is the form of shophouse with arcade. Da cuo mainly are located on the periphery of the inner cities. Shou-jin-liao are distributed on the south of the cities. Qilou which is a new style of shophouse, are distributed along the street of Zhongshan south road.
This paper discusses the relationship between house types, focusing on transformation process of house and raise the question where is the origin of Qilou and Shou-jin-liao.