Lecture 12 Chinese Classical Gardens
? There are three categories: imperial, private and landscape gardens. Suzhou,China’s City of Gardens
? There are more than 1000 Suzhou gardens recorded in the history book. ? The first advantage is related to geography.
? The second factor is its developed economy.
? The third advantage is developed culture, a strong academic atmosphere and numerous people of talent.
Representative Gardens of the Song, Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties
? The Pavilion of the Surging Waves
? It is known for its rustic charm.
? Strange rockeries
The Humble Administrator’s Garden
? Tranquil waters and elegant buildings
? By Wang Xianchen in Ming Dynasty
? He named the garden after his failure in an attempt to ridicule the influential officials of the court.
The Garden for Lingering In
? It is known for its ancient architectural art and arrangement of hills, waters and plants Other Classic Gardens
? The Garden of the Fisherman
? In heaven there is paradise, on earth Huangzhou and Suzhou
? Linyin Temple
? I would like to compare West lake to Xi Shi the ancient beauty, ? Charming she looks whether richly made up or only slightly so. ? ---Su Dongpo
? Lovingly my eyes dwell on every familiar sight,
? The lakeside view I’ll miss most sadly of all.
? ---Bai Juyi
? Gold Mountain Traveling Palace in Longevity Hill during Jin Dynasty(1115-1234) ? In 1888, rebuilt by the order of Empress Dowager Cixi
? In 1924, became a public park after Puyi abdicated
? The royal palaces,
? The residential quarters
? The garden