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A tent is a shelter consisting of sheets of fabric or other material draped over, attached to a frame of poles or attached to a supporting rope. While smaller tents may be free-standing or attached to the ground, large tents are usually anchored using guy ropes tied to stakes or tent pegs. First used as portable homes by nomads, tents are now more often used for recreational camping and as temporary shelters. A form of tent called a teepee or tipi, noted for its cone shape and peak smoke-hole, was also used by Native American tribes and Aboriginal Canadians of the Plains Indians since ancient times, variously estimated from 10,000 years BC to 4,000 BC. Tents range in size from "bivouac" structures, just big enough for one person to sleep in, up to huge circus tents capable of seating thousands of people. Tents for recreational camping fall into two categories. Tents intended to be carried by backpackers are the smallest and lightest type. Small tents may be sufficiently light that they can be carried for long distances on a touring bicycle, a boat, or when backpacking. The second type are larger, heavier tents which are usually carried in a car or other vehicle. Depending on tent size and the experience of the person or people involved, such tents can usually be assembled (pitched) in between 5 and 25 minutes; disassembly (striking) takes a similar length of time. Some very specialised tents have spring-loaded poles and can be pitched in seconds, but take somewhat longer to strike (take down and pack). Over the past decade, tents have also been increasingly linked with the homelessness crisis in the U.S., Canada, and other countries and places experiencing issues with homelessness. Places of multiple homeless people living in tents closely pitched or plotted near each other are often referred to as tent cities.

Camp tents refer to tents that can be camped outdoors. They are slightly more advanced tents than entry-level tents. Usually, the functions include rainproof, sunscreen, windproof, breathable and temperature insulation. When choosing, you should pay attention to the camping weather and activity environment to choose the style and fabric material of the tent, the size of the interior space, etc. The tent is designed with different uses in mind, and there are different styles. As far as the shape of the tent is concerned, there are generally five styles of common tents. Triangular tent: The front and back are made of herringbone iron pipes, and the middle frame is connected by a cross bar to support the inner tent and install the outer tent. This is the most common tent style in the early days. Dome-shaped tent (also known as yurt type): It adopts double-pole cross-support, and it is relatively easy to disassemble and assemble. It is the most popular style on the market. Hexagonal tent: It adopts three-pole or four-pole cross-support, and some adopts six-pole design, which pays attention to the stability of the tent and is a common style of "alpine" tent. Bottom-shaped tent: After being propped up, it looks like a boat that is buckled upside down. It can be divided into two-pole and three-pole different support methods. Generally, the middle is the bedroom and the two ends are the hall shed, and the design pays attention to the windproof streamline. This is also one of the common tent styles. Ridge-shaped tent: The shape is like an independent small tile house, the support is usually four corners and four columns, and a ridge-shaped structural roof is placed on it. This kind of tent is generally tall and heavy, and is suitable for motorists as an outdoor camping tent. Therefore, it is called a car tent.

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