Zhenchenglou
Hongkeng
village,
Yongding
county

Cooking stove in the kitchen.

On the right fire wood, on 
the left a kitchen cupboard 
made in a niche in the back wall.

Above the stove is the Kitchen 
God, Zaojun, worshipped. 

Symbolic of family unity, Zaojun 
maintained domestic harmony 
and reported each year to his 
superiors on the activities of 
family members. 
(Ronald G. Knapp: "China's Traditional 
Rural Architecture" Hawaii, 1986, p. 121)