On the orders of the Emperor, the Chinese method of construction in wood was set down in a detailed handbook (Yingzao fashi). These characteristic wooden construction methods have been handed down from generation to generation until the present day, thanks to that handbook and the system’s great adaptability. It is unique in architectural history for the structure of building to enjoy such longevity. In the 20th century, teaching models of great precision were made to document the most important Buddhist temples and palaces. All the details are reproduced exactly in the large-format models, in order to enable study and reconstruction of the historical buildings. These models evidence the unique beauty and technique of wooden construction methods and thus offer fascinating insights into the tradition of Chinese architecture.