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苏州 耦园

The couple's garden are located in the Xiao-xing-qiao Lane (little new bridge lane) in the eastern Suzhou, it was named She Yuan garden in early Qing Dynasty; until the period of Guang-xu in Qing Dynasty, it was built into the form now we see by the commanding officer of Anhui Provincial Covern ment Shen Bing-cheng, and was named Ou Yuan garden as what we call today. "ou" means "a couple", quoted from a famous work written in, Spring and Autumn Period (770-476 B.C.): "To till together with my spouse", mani-festing the couple, husband and wife, were both to live in seclusion. Ou Yuan have three aspects of beauty, the first: Beauty of location. Because they lie in a comer of eastern Suzhou, they accord with the principle of the art to build a city garden with woods and hills in it: "when it is secluded, it gets the advantages therein", they are close to the city wall, with three sides facing the river to be imbued with the local charms of the water regions. The second: Beauty of sentiment. Everywhere of the free-handed arrange-ment (conceived with free imagination) in the gardens shows the congenial interests of the couple, man and wife, of their seclusion in this Peach Blosesom Land. The third: Beauty of rockeries. The eastern garden is the former place of She Yuan garden in early Qing Dynasty, the Huang-shi Rockery, heaped up with yellow rocks, is one of the representative work of the Jangnan gardens, while the western garden takes the old house as the main hall which provided the husband a place to study in and the place for wife to weave.In front of and at the rear of the house are rockeries and towering rocks tomean that they were living in a true secluded mountain, tilling and studying.












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Taken on May 3, 2011