Chinese Gardens by Lou Qingxi

By Lou Qingxi

Chinese language Gardens is set the background and evolution, and the artwork and strategies of chinese language gardens and their architectures. the writer compares the gardens with the looks of normal 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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As the capital city of the Yuan, Ming and Qing Dynasties, Beijing harbored a large number of members of the royalty and aristocrats, who had the political power and economic privilege to pursue pleasure, and a large number of gardens were thus built out of demand. The royalty and aristocracy are o�en artistically well educated. While amongst them there was no lack of garden builders who aspired to the traditional garden style of the literati, most opted for extravagance and luxury. Although many garden artisans were called in to the north to build gardens, but differences in natural conditions, political and cultural backgrounds as well as architectural styles had set the northern gardens apart from the gardens in the south.

The entire bank of the pond is built with lake stones, some of which touch upon the water surface while others hover above the water forming caves, adding further to the sense of agility of the pond water. The Geyuan Garden was a private garden built during the Jiaqing Period (1796-1820) of the Qing Dynasty. Private gardens in the late Qing period, especially those owned by aristocrats and rich merchants, were keen on the pursuit of luxury and the show-off of riches, unlike the simple elegance and subtle style of Scholar gardens.

A long corridor appears to delicately float on the water, reflecting the beauty of the division walls of central and western parts of the garden. The Liuting Pavilion looks like an abstract ship hull in exterior shape, and lotus fills the entire pond. The Humble Administrator's Garden has a water area of three fi�h of its entire area, and the majority of its architecture is built by the water. The Fragrant Islet Stone Bridge is beautifully shaped. Standing at the ship head, ripples reflect the light and brightness all around, reminding one of the old days when painted stone bridges were the rage.

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