Chinese Gardens by Lou Qingxi

By Lou Qingxi

Chinese language Gardens is ready the historical past and evolution, and the artwork and strategies of chinese language gardens and their architectures. the writer compares the gardens with the looks of typical landscapes and describes their desiring to the chinese language, and the chinese language people¡¯s admiration of them. With b&w and colour photos.

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On the eastern route and in the courtyard with decorated doors, the most elegant architecture is the “Refreshing Autumn Pavilion” or the “Running Wine Cup Pavilion”, built with a twisting and turning creek 10 centimeters wide shaped like the Chinese character “pavilion”. It is an ideal se�ing for scholars to get together. There is very li�le architecture on the western route. This area is mostly made up of mountain scenery and water scenery. Sca�ered within the garden are the Lake-center Pavilion, Cloud Washing Residence and Firewood Fragrance Path.

The Master-of-Nets Garden is an outstanding example of “less is more” in classic Suzhou Gardens. Here primary The ichnography of the Master-of-Nets Garden in Suzhou scenes and secondary scenes compliment each other in great variety, garden is built within garden, scene is made outside of scene, intricate designs exemplifying the ultimate in the art of garden building. The Master-of-Nets Garden was first built in the Shaoxing Period (1131-1162) of the Southern Song Dynasty, a�er which ownership changed several times, until when an official named Li took over and remodeled the garden to what it looks like today.

There is not much construction except for the “Seven-room Building” of two levels that overlook the entire garden, serving as the place for social activities of the owner. At the southeast end of the garden three halls named “Wind Chasing and Moonlight Filtering” are built, which were ideal for watching snow scenes in winter. The most outstanding feature of this garden is the way the rocks are piled in the garden. On the west side of the “Seven-Room Building”, a large artificial hill is built with lake stones, with the highest point at the center of the hill at 6 meters.

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